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Need some clean eating grocery lists for the stores in your area? Here are a few I’ve come up with to make shopping easier!

For the last few months, I’ve been going around to different stores to see what types of clean eating foods you can buy at different places. At first, I thought the lists would be about the same, since really, clean eating is all about fresh, whole foods. But surprisingly, the lists did seem to vary. So I’m happy to now have a collection of shopping lists to help you navigate your local grocery store.

Clean Eating Grocery Lists

The truth is, I can only do lists for the stores I have in my area. So I realize there are some of you who may not be able to actually use these lists. But hopefully, the majority of you will find at least one list you can use, and if nothing else, you can get a good idea of the products and brand names that work well with clean eating.

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN GROCERY LISTS:

The truth is, this will take a bit of time. It will require some label reading and an understanding of what clean ingredients are.

You will want to build a master list. A list of all clean ingredients that you find at a particular store.

Divide your list by categories such as “Dairy”, “Protein”, “Grains”, etc.

Every time you go to the store, look for one or two more items to add to your list.

By the time you’ve compiled this list, you will be very well acquainted with what is available at a particular store and the list may no longer be absolutely necessary. But one thing I’ve found is that shopping habits change over time. Products also change, so it’s a good idea to occasionally re-read labels. So overall, the list will evolve with time if you keep it maintained. But even if you end up with just a short list, it’s a good reminder of the types of things to buy at any particular store.

Another way to create your list is to write down a list of everything you usually buy, and each week, hunt down clean versions if you can. But I find this second method can be a bit frustrating for those just starting out because it will seem like there’s just nothing you can buy! Of course, that’s not the case, but it will feel overwhelming to start with. The choice is yours however.

The most critical element to all of this is, of course, learning to read labels for clean eating (see link above). But once you’ve got that down, the process becomes much, much easier.

Here are a few lists to get you started:

CLEAN EATING GROCERY LISTS:

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18 Comments

  1. Thank you for this! That’s a lot of work ๐Ÿ™‚ and I will definitely be using your lists to help my own grocery planning.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelli – Awesome! Glad I could help in some way!

  2. Love this list! This will definitely help those that are just starting out eating clean. I’m tweeting this one! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – Thanks! Glad you found it useful!

  3. Thanks for all the wonderful information, we’re just getting into clean eating I haven’t even made our first grocery trip yet my only worry is I have a set budget of $430 a month for our family of 5 so, do you think it’s possible to get the amount of food we need with buying all “clean” ingredients for that amount

  4. How do you feel about uncured pepperoni and bacon?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jenny – pepperoni is very processed. Bacon… if it’s organic and pastured, it’s okay on occasion.

  5. Stumbled upon these lists and love them. Would you be able to do a comparison chart of all the places you went? Or maybe, point out, buy frozen berries at Trader Joe’s, they’re the cheapest, etc.. That would be great!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Isabella – While I would love to do that, prices vary so much region by region, that it would be pretty pointless in any area but mine. Typically, Trader Joe’s is the cheapest for everything unless you need large quantities like those from Costco. But that’s for my area.

  6. Just found your blog and love it. My only problem is that I’m currently living in Germany so the lists of stores will not help. Trips to the store are going to include hours of translation! Thank god Germans seem to love healthy clean eating!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kimberly – I no longer live in Germany, and haven’t for a very long time. So there is no way I can provide a shopping list for a store in Germany. The only lists I can provide are those for the stores here in my area. But if you need a list translated, I may be able to help with that as I do speak Germany. Just let me know where exactly the translation is needed.

  7. Thank you for all of the information you provide on your blog. I am just starting a clean eating program and your site is a life saver. We only have one grocery store in town and it’s Albertsons. Do you have one of those or a plan to do a shopping list there? If not that’s ok but I wanted to ask. Thanks so much!

    Tracey

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tracey – We used to, but I’m not sure if we do any longer. My safeway list is pretty close to what albertson’s would have though. So hopefully that will help. I’ll have to look and see if there is one still around.

  8. Thank you for responding and thanks again for all your hard work. You are really making this switch to clean eating low stress and actually fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tracey – My pleasure! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Tasha Nielsen says:

    Hello. I don’t have very many grocery stores where i live and i’m trying to eat cleaner. I have a walmart and a hy-vee. I was just wondering if you could add a grocery list for hy-vee they have alot more organic items but how can you tell which ones are real and not real. Like what are the brands i should trust.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tasha – I wish, but I don’t have one here in my area. Sorry!

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