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Inside the grocery basket of a health food blogger


Inside the grocery basket of a health food blogger

If you’ve followed me on Instagram, you’ll see on my Stories that I often show inside my fridge. There’s something so appealing about knowing what other people have stocked for when hunger strikes, and followers seem to love it.

So here’s what goes into my basket on a regular basis – my regular staples that you’ll find gracing the recipe pages most often. Don’t get me wrong, I usually go out for breakfast on weekends, or even enjoy a spoonful or two of my boyfriend’s ice-cream on a Friday night. Life is all about balance after all, right? Keeping tempting foods out of the house and out of reach really helps when it comes to a healthy diet.

If you only stock good food in your house, you’ll only eat good food.

Scroll down to see what I look for when buying food.

My usual shop:

Focus on fresh, and then use the Health Star Rating (more on this below) to choose the healthiest packaged foods.

  • Almond Milk
  • Salmon (smoked + fresh fillets)
  • Chicken
  • Tinned tuna
  • Eggs
  • Turkey Mince
  • Bananas (for ice cream and smoothies)
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Walnuts
  • Herbs + Spices
  • Sparkling water
  • Nut butter
  • Greek Yoghurt
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Avocado
  • Salad leaves
  • Tomato Puree
  • Lemons
  • Cottage Cheese
  • 85% Dark Chocolate
Woman doing grocery shopping at the supermarket and reading food labels, nutrition and quality concept

What I look for when grocery shopping:

I always try to fill at least 70% of my basket with fresh produce. That is made up of fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, organic eggs and fish.

When it comes to the remaining 30% – tinned tomatoes, almond milk, nuts, seeds, yoghurt, protein bars and so on, it’s important to know what’s going into your foods. The Australian Government has made it much easier for us here – with Health Star Ratings now on the front of many packaged foods. When you’re in a hurry and don’t fancy navigating heaps of nutritional panels, the star ratings are super helpful. Quite simply, a 5 star yoghurt is healthier than a 3 star yoghurt. The star rating is based on a number of nutritional factors to compare products in the same category.

Discounts on expensive items – such as organic chicken.
I try to wait until a store has sale on their organic meats that are coming to the end of their best before date, and then load up the freezer. You save your pocket AND waste.

 

What foods always make it into your basket at the grocery store? Let me know if the comments below!

This article is proudly sponsored by the Health Star Rating. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Fit Foodie Blog possible. All images and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

About Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also writes for national health magazines, has launched a range of Protein Ball Mixes: Fit Mixes, and is the author of Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017).

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One Response to “Inside the grocery basket of a health food blogger”

  1. S James

    This is so true, I had to laugh when I saw the nut butter, dark chocolate and greek yoghurt because to the uninitiated they seem like plain choices, but to every health crazy lifestyler, there are a myriad of possible combinations – Thinking back to your post on smoothie bowls in particular.

    Lemons are a god-send for piquancy and flavor, truth be told; fresh produce is where the real flavor is anyway. Nicely done!

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