I realized that a lot of people struggle with putting together a healthy shopping list and doing meal planning. So, I wanted to share my Top Secret healthy shopping list with you all! Not only that, but I’ll share my method for making sure that my shopping trips are efficient and that I don’t forget anything that I need. I’m going to give you the specific steps to create YOUR own Master Healthy Shopping List.
Now, I’ll be honest…I don’t do clean eating all the time. Yes, I still like pizza, ice cream and BBQ potato chips from time to time. So, you’ll see those items on my list. But, I do try to incorporate as many healthy foods as possible and I keep them on my list to remind me to buy them!
So, I’m going to walk you through my process for creating your own master healthy shopping list for your family. If you need additional support, make me your free coach by signing up today!
Step 1: Identify Healthy Foods You Like!
The first step is to identify the healthy foods that you and your family like so that you can load up your shopping list with these items. The more healthy items you have on your list, the less likely you are to buy non-healthy items. For example, if you get fruit, veggies and hummus for snacks, you won’t need as many processed foods, chips, and sweets! So, the first step is to print this Healthy Shopping List starter and to highlight or check off the items that you and your family like or that you would like to have on your list. You’ll want to make sure to include these items on your Master Healthy Shopping List so that it reminds you to keep these items in stock.
Step 2: Map Out Your Store
The next step may seem tedious but trust me, this will save you a lot of time in the long haul! You need to know where everything is in the primary store you shop in so that you can sort your list in order by aisle. One of the biggest time wasters in the grocery store is back tracking or meandering around and looking for items. So, don’t skip this step! I did this step three years ago and I still use the same list today.
Go to your grocery store and ask them for a list of items my aisle at the main desk. Also, go through the grocery store with your Health Shopping List starter and make a note of the aisle that the different items are on. You can also take photos with your phone of each of the aisle signs so that you have that when you get home. Basically, you want to have a good idea of what is in each aisle and what YOU want to buy from each aisle so that you can create your Master Healthy Shopping List when you get home.
Step 3: Create Your Master Healthy Shopping List
This step is to create your own Master Healthy Shopping List that not only has the key items your family likes to keep in stock, but it’s also organized by aisle and the way that you walk through the store. I simply did this in a Word document. I also like to leave a little space under each section so I can write in things from that area. For example, I don’t always buy things from the baking aisle but if I need something, I can write it in there.
So, here’s an example of my Master Healthy Shopping List. These are the main items we regularly keep in stock ordered by the way I walk through the Giant Foods grocery store near my house.
Step 4: Print It and Use It!
Now that you have your shopping list, print a stack of copies of it! I like to print mine on card stock paper so that it’s easier to write on. I keep a stack of these in the drawer near the fridge along with a pink highlighter and a pen. Once we identify something we need on the list, we pull out a blank list, highlight the item we need, and put it on the fridge. Throughout the week as we run out of things, we highlight it on the list.
At the end of the week, I’ll look through our pantry and figure out if we need to re-stock. I also do meal planning and highlight additional items we need to buy. To do my meal planning, I use a weekly meal planner below. Feel free to print that too!
When I go to the store, I fold the list in half backwards so that it’s smaller and easier to write on. Then I just go through the aisles and quickly pick up the highlighted items! [Note: For those that have spouses or older children that don’t like grocery shopping, this will also make them more likely to do it because it’s organized and makes the process faster.]
Here’s an example of what a completed list looks like! And yes, I have very sloppy handwriting which is part of the reason I like having a typed list. Haha.
I hope that helps you get more organized with your shopping and also eat healthier! Here’s the weekly meal planner that I also promised. This is where I plan out my meals each week and I update my healthy shopping list at the same time to highlight what we need. Enjoy!
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