The Ultimate Clean Eating Grocery List- 50 Foods

“Wow! You look great!” “Thanks, I feel great, too!” Who doesn’t want to have that conversation? Looking fabulous and feeling healthy come from a combination of regular exercise and smart eating habits. Healthy eating starts with stocking your kitchen and pantry with the right foods. We’re sharing the ultimate clean eating grocery list, 50 of the foods that will put you on the path toward the positive change you deserve.

The foods below are non- or minimally processed, and many are used regularly in SkinnyMs. recipes. You’ll find many items on this clean eating shopping list by walking the outer perimeter of the grocery store. Interior aisles are stocked largely with processed foods containing too much added salt, refined sugars, and chemical preservatives.

Make shopping with a clean-eating grocery list easier by downloading our FREE Clean-Eating Menu Planner.

 

PRODUCE

Farro Salad with Apples and Walnuts

Fresh or frozen fruits and veggies are musts, because they’re the foundation for any healthy lifestyle. When possible, choose organic to reduce the risk of exposure to pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Find out which non-organic produce has the highest risk of chemical exposure in The Dirty Dozen.

1. Apples
Keep the doctor away by snacking on them or using them in dishes like Farro Salad with Apples and Walnuts.

2. Bananas
This Strawberry Banana Smoothie is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a post-workout refresher.

3. Carrots
Snack on these or enjoy a meal that’s ready when you come home with Slow Cooker Lemon Basil Chicken with Carrots.

4. Berries
Stock up on strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, and more! Treat yourself to a healthy breakfast with Oatmeal Blueberry Protein Pancakes.

5. Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
From kale to spinach, dark green veggies are a good foundation for building a better body. Try yummy Southwestern Kale Chips.

6. Sweet Potatoes
Benefit from antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and better blood sugar regulation in dishes like Sweet Potato Fries.

7. Bell Peppers
Pepper meals, like Vegetarian Panini with Roasted Peppers and Goat Cheese, are rich in antioxidants and packed with vitamins, such as C, E, and K.

8. Garlic
This bulb adds plenty of good-for-you flavor to dishes like Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic Sauce.

9. Onions
Crunch into a nutritious topping, appetizer, or side with Baked Onion Rings.

 

 

BEANS & LEGUMES

Skinny Quinoa with Black BeansThese are a healthy—and budget-friendly—protein source, especially if you’re living a vegetarian lifestyle.

10. Beans
If you’re going canned, reach for low-sodium, no-added-sugar brands. Enjoy their health benefits in Skinny Quinoa and Black Beans or Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice.

11. Legumes
This is a broader category that includes beans as well as peas and lentils. Try Slow Cooker Lentil & Veggie Stew.

12. Edamame
This superfood, which is a green soybean, is a tasty snack or salad topping. Discover more snack ideas for your clean-eating shopping list in 50 Clean-Eating Snacks.

MORE: 21 Easy and Quick Clean-Eating Recipes

 

LEAN PROTEIN

Baked Parmesan ChickenLean options are a good source of the protein that builds lean muscles, which, in turn, burn more calories. Avoid the antibiotics found in some of these foods by choosing organic when available.

13. Lean Ground Turkey
Dig into the healthy and filling goodness of Slow Cooker Turkey Loaf.

14. Chicken Breasts
Get the protein without the fat found in other meats by making Baked Parmesan Chicken this week.

15. Wild-Caught Salmon, Tilapia, or Other Fish
Enjoy Orange-Glazed Salmon with Wilted Kale.

16. Eggs
Packed with protein, eggs are an ideal superfood. They’ve had a bad reputation in the past, so learn the facts in The Health Benefits of Eggs.

17. Non- or Low-Fat Greek Yogurt, Plain
Avoid flavored brands with refined sugar, and mix in your own fresh berries or nuts to add flavor. Learn 8 Interesting Ways to Use Greek Yogurt.

18. Low-Fat Cheese
Benefit from dairy-based protein in Slow Cooker Spinach and Mozzarella Frittata.

 

 

GRAINS

White flour is stripped of nutrients, making it an empty source of calories. Instead, add nutrient- and fiber-rich whole grains to your clean-eating grocery list.

19. Quinoa
This is a power-packed superfood, so try one of our quinoa recipes—we have so many to choose from!

Skinny Mexican Rice

20. Brown Rice, Wild Rice
Enjoy healthy brown rice in Skinny Mexican Rice.

21. Whole Wheat Bread
Great for sandwiches, whole wheat slices also create tasty Homemade Bread Crumbs.

22. Whole Wheat Pasta
Yes, you can enjoy pasta as part of a better lifestyle. Try Slow Cooker Italian-Style Penne.

23. Whole Wheat Tortillas
Wrap up family favorites, like Soft Chicken Tacos or Spinach and Bean Burrito Wraps.

 

CANNED/JARRED FOODS

These foods often make meal prep easier. Always read labels to make sure you’re purchasing items with no or little added sugar, salt, or preservatives.

24. Marinara
It’s simple to make your own Clean-Eating Sauce, but sometimes it’s more convenient to have a low-sodium, no-sugar-added brand on hand.

25. Chicken Broth
Stock up on this foundation for plenty of healthy recipes, like Slow Cooker Barbeque Pulled Chicken.

Turkey Burger with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

26. Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Grill up delicious Turkey Burger with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta.

MORE: 7 Simple Steps to Clean Eating

BAKING

Baked treats are fine in moderation. If you need gluten-free choices for your clean-eating shopping list, check out Flour & Your Health: Understanding Your Options.

27. Whole Wheat Flour
Please family or guests with Clean-Eating Apple Pie.

28. White Whole Wheat Flour
This flour is an unrefined whole grain flour that retains most of its nutrients unlike the white version. This flour is often preferred in baking because of its lighter texture. Try this recipe for Whole Grain Tortillas.

NUTS & SEEDS

Nuts and seeds are small but mighty. They deliver a host of good-for-you benefits, from omega-3 fatty acids to unsaturated (good) fats.

29. Almonds
Almond Pesto Pasta is a yummy way to tap into almond’s superfood power.

30. Walnuts
Have a great morning by enjoying walnuts and other tasty foods in Whole-Grain Banana Blueberry Pancakes.

31. Chia Seeds
Try these seeds in Mixed Berry Chia Jam.

32. Flax Seeds
Power up for the day with Flax and Apple Raisin Oatmeal.

 

 

OILS & CONDIMENTS

No clean-eating grocery list would be complete without healthy oils and condiments for your cooking, baking, and snacking.

33. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Get the 411 in 4 Reasons to Make the Switch to EVOO.

34. Walnut Oil
Learn more about this nutrient-rich oil in 6 Healthy Oils and How to Use Them.

35. Coconut Oil
Unrefined coconut oil is a natural anti-inflammatory. Also, check out Lose Weight with Coconut Oil.

36. Balsamic Vinegar
This vinegar is the foundation for many healthy salad dressing recipes, such as Strawberry Balsamic Dressing.

37. Mustard
Choose a no-sugar-added brand, and enjoy it in Honey-Dijon Glazed Salmon with a Hint of Lemon.

38. Ketchup
Buy a naturally-sweetened variety or make your own Ketchup and enjoy in our recipe for Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes.

MORE: 7-Day Clean-Eating and Detox Menu

HERBS & SPICES

If you need fresh herbs, find them in the produce section. Better yet, see how easy it is to grow your own with DIY Herb Garden Roundup.

39. Basil
Satisfy the family with a delish basil meal, such as Grilled Pizza with Mozzarella, Basil, and Tomato.

40. Oregano
Try this flavorful Oregano Chicken and Orzo.

41. Dill
Top burgers or nosh on fresh veggies with Dill Yogurt Spread.

42. Cinnamon
Health-up snack time by making simple Whole-Grain Cinnamon Pita Chips.

43. Rosemary
Add this side to your menu plan this week: Slow Cooker Homestyle Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary.

 

SWEETENERS

Processed sugar is a fast way to add pounds and wreak havoc on your health. Go natural instead!

44. Honey
We love this natural sweetener in Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Bars.

45. Maple Syrup
With breakfast or in other dishes, like Skinny Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw, 100% pure maple syrup is a tasty alternative to refined sugar products.

46. Coconut Palm Sugar
We use this in recipes like Caramel Sauce.

 

MILK & MILK ALTERNATIVES

Whether you’re pouring a tall, cool glass or using it in recipes, you’ll want to add milk (or an alternative) to your clean-eating grocery list.

47. Low-Fat Milk
Non-flavored milk offers a healthy boost of protein. Boot processed coffee creamers with our clean-eating Coffee Creamer.

48. Almond Milk
Ground almonds make this milk alternative rich in antioxidants. Discover how yummy it can be in Chocolate-Cherry Almond Shake.

49. Coconut Milk
Made from pressed coconut meat, this alternative delivers plenty of nutrients, like potassium, zinc, and folate. However, it’s high in fat so use it in moderation. Try it in Coconut Curry Cauliflower.

TEA

Forget the highly sweetened brands and make the healthy choice while grocery shopping.

50. Green Tea
Unsweetened green tea, a no-calorie superfood, is included in many of our smoothie and drink recipes, such as Green Tea Mango Smoothie.

Make positive changes! This clean-eating grocery list is a good place to start. Remember to download our FREE Clean-Eating Menu Planner to help make shopping easier.

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14 Comments on "The Ultimate Clean Eating Grocery List- 50 Foods"

  1. TooBigForMyBritches  October 24, 2014

    How on earth do I print this article without having to copy and paste each page into a Word document?

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    • SkinnyMs  October 27, 2014

      TBFMB, There really is no easy print button for articles yet (though the ziplist feature works well for recipes), although we will be making some changes to the site in the coming months, and this is a feature we will be adding. Stay tuned! We will look into adding this list as a free download to make things easier.

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  2. Michelle  December 28, 2014

    Isn't clean eating supposed to be no grain?

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    • SkinnyMs  December 29, 2014

      Michelle, Whole grains are healthy and used in clean eating, just not refined grains such as white flour or white bread.

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    • Kayla  May 14, 2015

      Typically a paleo diet doesn't allow grains or legumes. I don't know much about it so I could be wrong.

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  3. Ash  January 26, 2015

    There is A LOT of this stuff I would never eat in a clean diet. I lost 45 pounds in 6 months so, I think I have some room to talk about dieting. The real trick is flavoring with out saturated fats, oils, salt or sugars. The best way to do this is use seasoning with herbs rather then sauces, my favorite is low sodium greek seasoning. Greek seasoning is great on salads, tuna and chicken breast. I never eat pasta and I usually eat bread maybe once every couple of days. So I substitute with oat meal and brown rice.

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    • teresa  May 26, 2015

      How did you lose the weight?

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      • SkinnyMs  May 27, 2015

        Teresa, Here is How I Lost 30 Pounds and Kept it Off: http://skinnyms.com/how-i-lost-30-pounds-and-kept

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      • Ash  June 16, 2015

        I work out every night, I walk two miles up hill. Then I rotate doing weight and abs. One day I do legs and core the next I do arms, shoulders and chest. I eat six times a day, this is an example of what I eat. Oatmeal with blueberries, a rice cake with peanut butter, Brown rice and chicken breast, a salad with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, green peppers and tuna (season with greek seasoning), a sweet potatoes and an apple.

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  4. Deila  March 18, 2015

    These 50 products sound so good that the hardest thing about them would be not to buy all 50 at a time. 🙂
    I think I'll add maybe 10 of them to my grocery lists on buymeapie.com so that I could have them in my iPhone app when I go shopping, and will be back for the rest 40 later.

    That would be really convenient of the list of all the mentioned products could be imported somehow. They could make good reference list of healthy alternatives to what I usually buy from habit.

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  5. virtual card  November 3, 2015

    How did you lose the weight?

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  6. Anita  January 21, 2016

    I’ve lost 125lbs so far, but I haven’t gone to some of the extremes I’ve seen on this list. I’m eating clean and doing lifestyle changes I know I can stick to for the long term.

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    • Gale Compton  January 22, 2016

      Anita, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I started eating clean 8 years ago and never looked back. 🙂

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