Written by Angelica Driskell
You really are what you eat! You also have one body and one life to live; make them both the best they can be. Nothing will ever taste as good as being fit feels.
The following list is a compilation of foods that you should have on your grocery list. You may pick and choose the foods that you like in these categories.
- Boneless, skinless chicken breast
- Tuna (water packed)
- Fish (cod, salmon, sea bass, halibut)
- Extra-lean ground beef or ground round (92-96%)
- Egg whites
- Top sirloin, Beef tenderloin (akafilet, filet mignon)
- Ground turkey, turkey breast slices or cutlets (93-99% lean, fresh meat, not deli cuts)
- Oatmeal (old fashioned or quick oats)
- Sweet potatoes or yams
- Beans (pinto, black, kidney, chickpeas, etc.)
- Oat bran cereal
- Brown rice, Farina or Cream of Wheat
- Multigrain hot cereal
- Whole wheat pasta
- Rice (white, jasmine, basmati, Arborio, wild)
- Potatoes (red, baking, new)
- Green leafy lettuce (green leaf, red leaf, romaine)
- String beans
- Bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- Spaghetti Squash
- Lemons or limes
- Natural style peanut butter or almond butter
- Oils (avocado, olive oil, safflower oil, almond oil, flaxseed oil, sunflower oil)
- Nuts & Seeds (peanuts, almonds, walnut, sunflower seeds, flax seeds)
- Fatty Coldwater fish (mackerel, salmon, bluefish, mullet, sablefish)
- Other fish (menhaden, anchovy, herring, lake trout, sardines, tuna)
- Low-fat cottage cheese
- Low or non-fat milk (limited amounts)
- Low or non-fat yogurt (limited amounts – preferably Greek style)
- Plain almond milk (preferred to traditional dairy)
- Plain coconut milk (preferred to traditional dairy)
Caution: Before starting any nutritional plan, it is important to discuss it with your doctor. Your health care provider can help address any possible medical conditions and guide you along the way to reaching your goals. You might also consider hiring a nutrition consultant who can help design customized menus and keep you motivated to eat right, exercise, and get fit for life.
Check out Angelica's post on How to Get Fit with Food.
Angelica Driskell is a former personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder. She now channels her desire to see people live their best lives through cosmetology as a professional hair and make-up consultant.