Creating a diet food list from scratch can be a bit overwhelming when you first begin trying to change your eating habits. By going to the grocery store armed with a solid list (that contains items from all the major food groups), you can easily select and purchase the right foods and follow your new diet. Here is an easy food list for your next shopping trip. Make a list from this article, and bring it with you on your next trip (and see how easy it can be to stock your cupboards with healthy and nutritious food).
Meat, Poultry and Fish Diet Foods
There are many options for lean proteins that work well on a diet. Choose from chicken breasts, turkey breasts, lean ground turkey, lean ground beef, lean beef steaks and lean roast. There are many fish and seafood options as well, including tuna, salmon, crab, shrimp, halibut, scallops and orange roughy.
Dairy and Egg Diet Foods
Selecting low fat dairy products is the key to shopping the dairy section of your grocery store. Choose between 1% milk, skim milk, soy milk, light yogurt, low fat cheeses, low fat cottage cheese, light sour cream, eggs and egg substitutes. Also, check your dairy section for tofu, a healthy plant-based protein.
Fruit and Vegetable Diet Foods
Fruits and vegetables should fill a large portion of your grocery shopping trip. Pretty much anything you can find in the produce section of your grocery store is perfect for your diet food list. Choose fruits that are in season for the best tasting fruits. As far as vegetables, select a healthy mix of colors and textures. Be sure to include several leafy greens for the most nutritional value, as well as any of your other favorite vegetables.
Bread, Grain and Cereal Diet Foods
There are many ways to get some healthy carbohydrates and fiber diet foods. Look for whole grain bagels, corn flakes, cream of wheat, Malt-O-Meal, melba toast, oat bran, oatmeal, pita bread, puffed rice, rice cakes, corn tortillas and whole wheat bread. There are many healthy grains that are available in any bulk food section or sold packaged, including bulgur, couscous, quinoa, brown rice and wild rice.
Beverage Diet Foods
Reach for low calorie and low sugar drinks – bottled water, coffee, diet soda, diet drinks, herbal tea, tea and seltzer water all make great choices on a diet.
Condiment Diet Foods
Reach for low fat and reduced fat condiments when you are dieting. Some great choices for dressing, flavorings and seasonings on a diet include cinnamon, ketchup, horseradish, light or low fat mayonnaise, low fat or nonfat salad dressings, mustard, low sodium soy sauce, salsa, herbs, vanilla and vinegar.
Fats and Diet Foods
Healthy oils for cooking include canola oil, corn oil, olive oil, sesame oil, soybean oil and sunflower oil. Other healthy fats for your grocery list include avocados and nuts (yum).
Eating healthy diet food doesn’t mean you have to skip out on taste. There are many great meals that you can prepare using these listed foods that are delicious. Search online for some recipes, and once your cupboards are stocked with healthy foods, get to cooking.