Your grocery store checklist

Having a kitchen filled with healthy foods is a good first step in reaching your goal to eat well. Start by creating a meal plan. Before going to the grocery store, take a look at our suggested grocery store list. There are many other healthy foods you can choose, so be sure to buy healthy foods you like even if they are not on this list!


Vegetables and Fruit           

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Leafy green vegetables:

Romaine lettuce, bok choy, kale, swiss chard, collard greens, cabbage, spinach

Tofu Vegetable Soup



Orange vegetables:

Carrots, sweet potato, squash

Ontario Winter Vegetable Soup


Other vegetables:

Sweet bell pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, onion

Oriental Coleslaw with Broccoli



Berries, cantaloupe, peaches, oranges, pears, apples

Field Greens Salad with Peaches and Herbs


Canned vegetables:

Canned tomatoes, canned corn, canned mushrooms, canned carrots

Choose lower sodium brands and rinse well.

Crowd pleasing vegetarian chili



Frozen vegetables and fruit:

Peas, carrots, broccoli, green beans, berries, mangos, peaches

Choose plain without any added sugar, sauces or breading.

Sweet Chili Tofu Stir-Fry



Grain Products 

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In the bakery section, choose whole grain versions of the following:

Sliced bread, bagels, pitas, tortillas, buns, English muffins

Colourful Layered Sandwich



Whole grains in the center aisles:

Whole grain pasta and noodles, brown or wild rice, oats, pot barley, quinoa

Vegetable quinoa salad


Packaged breakfast cereals:

Choose ones that have more than 4 grams of fibre in each serving and the lowest amount of sugar.

Video: Quick and easy breakfast ideas



Milk and Alternatives

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Milk (skim, 1%, 2%), fortified soy beverage (plain), yogurt (2% M.F. or less), cheese (20% M.F. or less)

Chicken and Corn Chowder


Meat and Alternatives

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Meat alternatives:

Tofu, eggs, nuts and seeds (with no salt), nut butters (with no added sugar or oil), dried lentils and beans, canned lentils and beans (choose lower sodium brands and rinse well)

Quinoa and lentil pilaf



Salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines, haddock

Lower sodium canned tuna and salmon

Tea poached salmon with fruit salsa

Tandoori haddock


Unprocessed plain meats:

Beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, pork

Cauliflower and Lamb Chop Curry

Vermicelli with Broccoli and Grilled Beef


Herbs, spices, fats and oils

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Basil, bay leaf, cilantro, lemongrass, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme

How to cook with herbs





Cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, ginger, turmeric

How to cook with spices



Fats and oils:

Canola, corn, flaxseed, olive, peanut, soybean, sunflower, non-hydrogenated soft margarine, low fat salad dressing and mayonnaise

Facts on fats


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Last Update – September 22, 2015

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