When it comes to making heart-healthy choices at the grocery store, being prepared is key. Make a list, and stick to it.

Michelle Musselwhite, a Carolinas HealthCare System registered dietitian, recommends keeping a list on your refrigerator at all times. “Add items throughout the week, instead of trying to remember what you need right before you go to the grocery store,” she said.

A Few Tips to Put You on the Right Path

  • Keep an eye on grocery store specials for sales on produce and lean meats, and plan your meals around those in-store deals.
  • Don’t shop hungry; we’ve all heard that. But don’t shop tired, either! If you’re worn out, you’re more likely to purchase “time-saving,” processed and prepared foods potentially loaded with salt and extra calories.
  • Stick to the perimeter of the store. This is where you’ll find unprocessed foods: vegetables, dairy and meats.

A Grocery List Worthy of Your Heart

blueberries oranges

apples

cantaloupe

avocado broccoli
cauliflower dark green leafy vegetables
sweet potatoes carrots
walnuts almonds
brown rice oatmeal (not instant)
raisins whole grain bread
plain Greek yogurt skim milk
soy milk almond milk
wild salmon lean meats (chicken, turkey)
olive oil canola oil
dried beans dried peas
lentils
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