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How to Make a Healthy Grocery List

May 08, 2013

This week Disability Living is blogging about the importance of healthy eating for older adults. Both women and men over age 50 have specific dietary needs. If those nutritional needs are met, certain diseases might be prevented from developing. A few health conditions that may be able to be avoided with healthy eating include heart disease, gout and osteoporosis. Are you caring for yourself by eating a nutritious diet?

Healthy eating begins with a plan.

Regular healthy eating is not always easy, but it is possible. It all begins with a plan. If you wait until you are hungry before you choose what to eat, chances are you will not always make healthy choices. This is where a grocery list comes in to play.


Tips for making a grocery list of healthy foods

Creating a grocery list of healthy foods sounds like a no-brainer, but some people have a tough time with it. Here are a few tips to help you make a healthy, disease-fighting grocery list:

– Make your grocery list by determining what foods you need from each section of the store (produce, meats, frozen foods, etc.). You may be surprised at the amount of time this will save you while grocery shopping. Creating this type of list will also help you stay out of the aisles of junk food.

– Consider including whole grains, oils, healthy fats, lean meats, fruits, and vegetables in your healthy grocery list.

– Choose in advance what meals you will make for the week, then shop for the ingredients those meals call for.

– Don’t go grocery shopping while you are hungry.

– Has your physician given you specific instructions about your diet? (For example: eat more red meat, eat less sodium, etc.). If so, take note of those instructions as you prepare your grocery list. If you need to be eating more leafy greens, for example, be sure to include that item on your list (or omit certain items).

Need some more help creating a grocery list?

If you are in need of assistance with making a healthy grocery list, please see This webpage will actually create a grocery list for you, which will ensure you make healthy meals on a regular basis. On this webpage you choose the recipes, and then a grocery list is generated.

What are your personal tips for creating healthy grocery lists? Please share with Disability Living and our readers by leaving a comment on this blog post. Thanks for contributing your valuable opinions to the DL blog community!

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