11 Healthy Foods That Should Always Be on Your Grocery List
Eating healthy sounds nice in theory, but the reality is that we usually reach for whatever is closest—which usually happens to be something of the microwaveable or Seamless-deliverable variety. Cue the post-lunch bloat. To make things easier for you, we consulted nutritionist and wellness coach Jessica Sepel, and asked her to simplify our grocery list into only the healthiest essentials. Keep scrolling to see what she said!
When it comes to produce, Sepel says greens like kale, spinach, watercress, rocket lettuce, and cabbage are must-haves. “You can throw them in smoothies or use them for salads, and they’re packed with vitamins and nutrients to get you through the day,” she says. The vitamins and nutrients in question? Think fiber, protein, vitamins A, C, and K, folate, and omega-3s.
We all know by now that quinoa is the superfood of grains—it’s gluten-free and an amazing source of protein, so it’ll fill you up instantly. Buy a pack (or two) and make a big batch of quinoa salad Sunday night for yummy lunches all week long. (Here are some other healthy lunch ideas, by the way.)
Lastly, add healthy pantry staples like raw almonds and seeds, nut butters (almond, cashew, and peanuts are Sepel’s favorites), and hummus. “It’s actually very easy to create your own snacks, like bliss balls and energy bars made with nudes, seeds, and dates,” she says. “I always encourage them over the pre-packaged snacks, and they’re so easy to make!” Making your own version will take out the excess sugar, chemicals, and preservatives, and satisfy your crunch (or sweet) craving. Click on over to Sepel’s website for her recipes!
What healthy foods are always on your grocery list? Sound off below!