Stay on track with your healthy lifestyle by stocking up on staples from this clean eating grocery list.
If I’ve learned anything worth passing on on my real food journey the last few years, it’s this: Keeping a well-stocked kitchen full of clean eating staples is key to success.
Life gets busy, and we tend to fall into old habits when we’re not prepared. Things like running through the drive through, grabbing sugary cereal, or eating your favorite meal out of a box are way too easy to do when we don’t think ahead.
That’s why the biggest keys to my own success have been meal planning and keeping a well stocked kitchen.
Today I wanted to share the foods that are most often on my clean eating grocery list. Our staples that keep us on track and eating well day after day, week after week.
Of course, these are the items that my family loves, but don’t feel like you have to stick to this. Part of what I love about eating clean is that we can cater it to fit our own lifestyle, without following a lot of restrictive rules.
Clean Eating Grocery List Staples
When we first started changing our diet, I thought it was going to be so expensive. Let’s face it…ingredients can really add up and make the cost of a single meal more expensive than their convenient counterparts.
But here’s what I didn’t factor in. I can use a single bag of rice for more than one meal. The same can be said for things like beans, oils, herbs, and so much more.
So, if you’re just transitioning to clean eating and whole foods based meals, this is where I recommend you start. With the basics. The items we reach for over and over for multiple meals.
Building up your real food staples will make meal planning easier and your weekly grocery trips more manageable.
Here are some of the items I make sure to have on hand at all times.
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I like to keep a lot of shelf stable, non perishable foods on hand. Not only do we live on the Gulf and deal with hurricane season, but really you just don’t know when you’ll need something fast, without time to go to the store.
Here are the foods I keep in my “pantry” (even though I have three areas in my home that I call a pantry):
- Olive Oil: We use olive oil for so many things. It’s great for homemade mayo, salad dressings, and marinades, plus, it’s a great source of healthy fats.
- Grains: Various flours (coconut, whole wheat, almond, cassava, etc), beans, rice, quinoa, and whole wheat pasta are staples in our pantry. They help bulk up a meal for cheap, and last a long time!
- Vinegars: I keep a variety of vinegars on hand, but the most frequently used are white vinegar (for cleaning), and apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar for cooking.
- Other Fats and Oils: Coconut oil and ghee are big staples in my pantry, and I also keep butter on hand (although that gets stored in the fridge).
- Canned fish: Canned tuna and salmon are great to keep on hand for a quick meal. You can whip up some tuna salad, put it directly over a green salad, or even make up some salmon patties with a little mayo and seasoning!
- Canned Vegetables: I especially like to keep canned tomatoes on hand for sauces and soups, but it’s also convenient to keep some other canned veggies on hand.
- Herbs & Spices: These will vary depending on your tastes, but one thing I learned is to check the ingredients. Many pre-packaged herb and spice blends include ingredients you wouldn’t expect. Some musts for us are: Pink himalayan salt, fresh peppercorns, onion powder, garlic, oregano, basil, and cayenne powder.
- Root Veggies: Things like potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, and garlic don’t need to be refrigerated, and can be stored for a long time.
- Baking Ingredients: cocoa powder, baking powder, flour, baking soda, yeast, vanilla, nut butters, dark chocolate chips, etc.
The fridge is a lot harder to keep stocked, since most of the items are perishable, but there are still certain things I try to always have on hand:
- Vegetables: We like to shop seasonally, so this changes all year. Some staples include lettuce and spinach, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, and as many leafy greens as we can fit.
- Fruits: Again, these are seasonal, but I do like to keep apples and bananas on hand. We love stocking up on fresh berries and melons, oranges, pineapples, and lemons and limes when they’re in season, too.
- Coconut or Almond Milk
- Yogurt: We honestly don’t eat a lot of yogurt, but I like to keep some full fat greek yogurt on hand for when we’re in the mood. Plain yogurt also makes a great addition to casseroles and sauces.
- Meats: Deli meats, sausage, and bacon can always be found in our fridge. Like with everything else, I like fo find the healthiest option for our budget.
- Eggs: We go through so many eggs, between baking, breakfast, and snacks. I like to get around 4 dozen eggs when I go shopping.
- Condiments: Ketchup, Barbecue sauce, mayonaise, mustard, and salad dressings. You can either find recipes to make your own (most are easier than they sound!) or check labels to get the best option you can find in stores.
One of the best purchases we’ve bought for our home is our deep freezer. Before we had that, we could barely keep it stocked for a week at a time. Forget stocking up when there are sales!
Now, whenever meat is on sale, or we get a good deal on a grass-fed cow or free range chickens, we’re able to stock up and have meat on hand at all times.
Also in the freezer, we keep a selection of frozen veggies and fruits. Those we either buy in bulk or save from last year’s garden.
Where to Buy Grocery Staples
For as long as I can remember, I only ever shopped at one grocery store. I’m a creature of habit, and so, every Monday morning, you could find me browsing the aisles of the same store, buying the same things.
I’ve been branching out a lot recently though. It started as a desire for convenience combined with a desire for healthier, more sustainable options. What I’ve found by doing this is that I can find better deals by shopping at a variety of places and trying new things. We’ve found a lot of new favorites, too!
Of course, I still buy a lot of our weekly necessities from the grocery store. If that’s all that’s available to you, don’t worry. You can find what you need there, without any specialty shopping. This post really breaks down how to shop for real food and what to look for if you need more guidance.
But, I have to admit: going to the grocery store is my least favorite way to spend the day. And so, I’ve been leaning pretty heavily into more convenient delivery options.
I actually find a lot of our grocery staples now through Amazon. You’d be amazed at what you can find there, and with Prime, it gets delivered for free right to your doorstep.
I also love shopping through Thrive Market. They carry a wide range of healthy and clean products. You can find everything from groceries and pantry staples, to wine, household items, and even clean beauty brands!
Build Your Clean Eating Grocery List with These Tips
Keeping real food staples on hand is key for staying on track with your healthy lifestyle.
These are the items my family makes sure to keep on hand in order to avoid a rush trip to the store. Read through it and use it to help you build your own clean eating grocery list. Then, you can start stocking your kitchen with good foods, too!