Healthy Food Shopping List

Healthy Food Shopping List

A few weeks ago I blogged my ‘Healthy Kitchen Gadget Essentials’ and I promised to post a highly requested blog on my ‘healthy food shop/grocery essentials’ .. so here it is!


My food shop varies week to week, depending on what I’m planning to cook/recipe develop, but these are my healthy supermarket staples which I have either a) in my kitchen or b) on my shopping list at least once a month. You should adapt my list to suit your taste preferences, dietary needs and goals as well as lifestyle, and take from it what you wish!


Oh, and don’t forget to check out my blog post on ‘How to Navigate the Supermarket’ for more information not the reason behind my food choices!


Fresh/Dried Fruit & Vegetables

  • Apple, bananas, oranges, plums/nectarines, pears
  • Raisins, dried apricots, dates
  • Onions, mushrooms, carrots, peppers, cauliflower
  • Broccoli, spinach, kale, rocket
  • Salad leaves, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions, radish
  • Avocados


Fresh Protein

  • Chicken breast, turkey thigh (fat trimmed after), turkey mince
  • Lean beef mince
  • Salmon, smoked mackerel, prawns
  • Eggs



  • Skimmed or semi-skimmed milk. unsweetened almond milk (latter in non-dairy)
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Babybel, Extra light Laughing Cow Triangles


Starchy Carbs

  • Oats
  • Sweet potato, new potatoes
  • Brown basmati rice
  • Quinoa, couscous
  • Fresh pasta, wholemeal pasta
  • Granary bread, wholemeal wraps, wholemeal pitta bread
  • Oat cakes, Ryvita



  • Tomatoes
  • Kidney beans, chickpeas, black beans, cannelloni beans, mixed bean salad
  • Ratatouille
  • Lentils
  • Tuna canned in spring water, salmon in tomato sauce


Frozen Foods

  • Peas, Mediterranean vegetables, sweet corn
  • Frozen berries
  • Quorn mince
  • Vegetable/bean burgers (where these are the main ingredients), vegetarian sausages


Healthy Fats/Protein

  • Peanut, cashew or almond butter
  • Flaked almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds
  • Ground flax seeds
  • Unsweetened desiccated coconut



  • Olive oil, vegetable (rapeseed) oil
  • Coconut oil (for baking)
  • Soy sauce
  • Sweet chilli sauce
  • Balsamic vinegar



  • Celtic or pink Himalayan sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Lemon juice, wine vinegar
  • Vegetable/chicken stock
  • Harissa paste
  • Cinnamon, chilli flakes, paprika, garlic, oregano, coriander
  • Stevia, agave nectar, honey, xylitol
  • Cocoa


Nic’s Extras…


Healthy Fridge


I hope you find this list useful! Have I missed anything?! What can’t you live without?!


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  1. Jenny
    October 14, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    Great list nic. At this time of year I’d add some squash or swede/turnip . I’m surprised about the no added sugar squash though; what’s your take on aspartame?

    Loving your blog and tweets – thank you

    • October 14, 2013 / 8:06 pm

      Aw thank you! Oooh I love the seasonal Veg 🙂 My views are (in line with the gov) that it is safe in small quantities.. Adding a dash of squash to my drinks helps me to keep hydrated (it goes down easier for me than water) and doesn’t rot my teeth as sugar does (I am prone to fillings!).. I would love to be able to drink water alone but my palette just won’t allow it.. !

      Check out this link for more info on aspartame:

  2. Liza Salt
    October 14, 2013 / 9:51 pm

    Raw (unsalted nuts) and dried fruits are top of my list (after a trolley of Greek Yogurt)!

    Fresh berries are a fridge staple to make breakfasts and snacks super colourful 🙂

    Great post, such a good foundation to start adding your own healthy favourites to.


  3. Diane
    October 18, 2013 / 8:06 am

    Hi Nic, great post! – I have to say, when I don’t write a shopping list, lots of naughty treats happen to find their way into my basket! You’ve inspired me to write a “foundations ” list, as the majority of the time the items on my list don’t change. Would you ever consider doing a ‘WIAW/What I Ate Wednesday’ post? xx

    • October 18, 2013 / 5:20 pm

      Oooh what a great idea! Yes I would I will promise to do one 🙂 Thanks for your great comment!

  4. October 18, 2013 / 9:38 am

    Thanks for posting this Nic!

    I have saved it to my favourites ready for when I stock up my new kitchen!

    • October 18, 2013 / 5:28 pm

      Hurray! Aw thanks Katrina 🙂 Glad to have helped 🙂 x

  5. Nikki
    October 18, 2013 / 6:23 pm

    My shopping list is “What Morrisons has on offer” – if mince is on offer, we’re having mince, if chicken is on offer, were having chicken! etc etc

    • October 18, 2013 / 7:53 pm

      I love that – and I too go by that when stocking up on meat! If it freezes, I’ll buy it 🙂 x

  6. October 21, 2013 / 11:37 am

    Nic… just a question

    Do you recommend any particular brands e.g. bread for example. I know their calorie count, salt content etc can vary dramatically so was just wondering which you might recommend?

    Thank you!

    • October 21, 2013 / 5:23 pm

      Hello! I like the Burgen breads however I prefer crackers to bread in soup/salads 🙂 Other than that I like the supermarket own-brand veggie burgers and fruit/veg 🙂

  7. December 30, 2013 / 11:17 am

    This is so helpful, thanks Nic… Just discovered your blog and recipes, and wow. So helpful, thank you so much! 🙂 xx

  8. January 7, 2014 / 9:52 am

    Nic, it’s so good to see you drink sugar free squash. I’m just the same – would love to be able to drink water, but can’t stand it on its own. ps. your shopping list is virtually identical to mine 🙂

    • January 7, 2014 / 7:27 pm

      Haha that’s amazing to hear!!! 😀 Great minds and all that 😉 xx

  9. February 5, 2014 / 5:29 pm

    Hey Nic

    I have been on your site for 5 minutes and have already become your fan! LOVELY job, dear! #HUGS


  10. Stephanie
    February 11, 2014 / 10:48 pm

    Glad to say that my cupboard has most of these. I’m on the right tracks. Will add a few to my list now though. Great list 🙂

  11. March 23, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    This is literally exactly the same as my shopping list! Do you find that eating clean is really really expensive!?! Love your blog it’s fab xx

    • March 24, 2014 / 8:38 am

      Aw thank you! No I don’t as I don’t buy takeaways/alcohol and save by buying ‘smart price’ oats/pasta etc which have the same ingredients as the premium brands! Also stock up on frozen veg 🙂 Check out my shopping tips blog for more ideas 🙂 xx

  12. Kate
    March 27, 2014 / 7:52 am

    This is a great list that I will take wih me on my next shopping trip! Thanks nic. Xx

  13. Kate
    April 12, 2014 / 10:46 am

    Hi nic, what do you think of options hot chocolate? Is it ok to drink or full of rubbish?!x x

  14. Kate
    April 13, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    Ok cool thanks! X

  15. Natalie
    June 24, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    Hi just wanted to ask what u think of packet mixs
    Eg, chilly mix ex thanks xx

    • June 25, 2014 / 5:06 pm

      They can be convenient! Often higher in salt though.. but that’s ok if you don’t live off convenience foods/salted nuts/crisps or add it at meal times 🙂 x

  16. Kate
    July 1, 2014 / 8:31 pm

    Is bread ok if I’m trying to lose weight? Keep hearing to cut it out but surely it’s just portion size an the right kind that’s important? Thanks in advance xx

    • July 1, 2014 / 9:02 pm

      You got it in one!! Choose low GI breads such as rye or granary 🙂 x

  17. Elvira
    November 10, 2014 / 10:01 am

    My list is pretty similar! I noticed you buy low fat Greek yogurt…I used to as well but now I buy the full fat version because of the lower sugar content, plus I read somewhere (maybe from Carly Rowena?) that the body is better at digesting food in its pure ‘untampered’ form. What advice do you have on this? Xx

    • November 10, 2014 / 10:16 pm

      Hey! Greek yog is low in sugar anyway, I personally go for 2% or 0% as it helps me to stick to my daily calorie goal 🙂 I prefer to eat a larger quantity for satisfaction and more protein than a higher fat product where I have to eat less and not get as much protein 🙂 Hope this helps! Each to their own 🙂 – both are digested in same way! x

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