Between my private clients and Pilates Body Program clients I get a lot of questions about what to buy at the grocery store. There's no question that the grocery store can be hard to navigate when on a quest to stock a healthy kitchen. Every package seems to be making some kind of "healthy" promise or claim to superfood fame.

So, I thought I'd share my weekly grocery list staples. We all get stuck in food ruts (myself included) so sometimes it's fun to see what others are buying to inspire new snacks spice things up in the kitchen.

Here are the foods I have on hand nearly every week, regardless of the recipes I have planned...

healthy shopping list

For the produce bowl:

stock a pantry

For the fridge:
1% organic milk (for my man)
nonfat, plain greek yogurt (for snacks, "sour cream", dressings, dips, etc.)
Farmhouse Culture sauerkraut (here's why)
crumbled goat cheese
unsweetened vanilla almond milk (for coffee & smoothies)
low sodium deli turkey slices (nitrate free)
organic berries
organic cherry tomatoes
fresh basil
eggs (organic, cage-free)
organic spinach
organic kale
baby carrots
sugar snap peas or peppers (for snacking & dipping)
organic apples
wine and/or beer
chicken breasts
ground turkey

For the pantry:
Nut Thins
almonds (50% salted)
black beans
organic chicken broth (for soups & flavoring)
canned tuna (reduced sodium)
all natural almond butter with roasted flax seeds (Trader Joe's)
all natural peanut butter
sliced raw almonds or pepitas (to toss in with veggies or salads)
steel-cut oats
raisins (mix with nuts for an easy snack)
honey vanilla chamomile tea
cinnamon (to sprinkle in coffee & oatmeal)
raw honey

For the freezer:
frozen mixed berries (for smoothies)

Hopefully these staples will give you some new ideas as you make your grocery list this week. My staples have simplified since following The Pilates Body Program and following Drew Parisi's wise advice - we have much less processed/packaged foods, dairy & gluten and a whole lot more nuts, seeds, fruits & veggies.

Okay your turn. What are some of your "must have" items that can always be found in your kitchen? I need some fresh ideas too!







PS - you may also like meal planning 101 and benefits of fermented foods.