Essential Food Shopping List

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Essential Food Shopping List
Having essential foods on-hand makes preparing meals easier. (veggie stand image by Mat Hayward from

If you want to cook healthy meals for the family, it is essential to keep your kitchen filled with the right foods. Your children aren't going to eat crisps all day, unless you buy them. This means heading to the grocery store well prepared, knowing which foods will offer the most nutrition and health benefits. Having a list of the right foods ready for your trip to the store is just the tool any health-conscious cook needs. Remember to read nutrition labels and compare products.

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Every well equipped kitchen needs a variety of produce, which is the cornerstone for a healthy diet. It offers vitamins and important nutrients. Many produce items, such as carrots and apples, make excellent easy snacks. Opt for seasonal items to save money. Purchase bananas, avocados, dark green leafy vegetables and romaine lettuce, as well.

Bread and Cereal

Reading the nutrition label in the bread and cereal aisle is very important. Labels are sometimes misleading when trying to choose items high in fibre and made with whole grains. Purchase whole grain bread and pasta, brown rice and oatmeal to stock the pantry with those needed high fibre carbohydrates.


Every well balanced diet needs dairy. Purchase skimmed milk over the higher fat options. Look for low-fat yoghurt and cheese. However, if you can't stomach the taste of low-fat cheese, regular cheese is fine and very high in calcium. Just eat it in moderation. Eggs and butter are also needed in health-conscience amounts.


Whether you chose to eat meat or not, protein is very important to any diet. Choosing lean cuts of red meat, boneless-skinless chicken, and fish, will add good protein to a diet. Beans and tofu are excellent vegetarian meat sources. Opting for a mixture of plant based and animal based protein makes meal options endless.

Spices and Other

Spices and oils help you prepare excellent tasting meals. Jamie Oliver, celebrity chef, suggests stocking your pantry with cinnamon, chilli powder, oregano, cumin, coriander, curry powder, paprika, five-spice, sea salt, black peppercorn, extra-virgin olive oil and sesame oil.

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