Clean Eating Grocery Shopping List For Beginners

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When you’re learning how to eat clean, you may not know how to shop for clean foods. This clean eating shopping list for beginners will help you!

Keep in mind that this clean eating grocery list, or list of non processed foods, is based on the foods that are available in my area, so you may need to adjust it a bit for what’s available in yours. But it should give you a good starting point either way. As you learn to shop this way, your clean eating grocery list will expand, and that’s as it should be!

A grocery cart full of fresh produce.

The truth is, this could also be seen as a simple clean eating food list. A list to give you ideas and a jumping off point. You don’t have to buy everything on this list to eat clean. In fact, your clean eating food list should be an ever growing and changing list that will accommodate your lifestyle specifically.

This is a great “clean eating for beginners” list, but it’s not the “be-all, end-all” of lists. This clean eating for beginners food list should simply inspire you at the store.  Let’s get started!

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Need A Meal Plan To Get You Started?

If you need a little extra structure to help get you going, I’ve got a meal plan for beginners you might find helpful! It comes with the plan, recipes and shopping list. It even gives you nutrition data for each recipes! Check it out!

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  1. Know that manufacturers do change their ingredients from time to time. It’s been my experience that if the label changes, the ingredients usually do too. And usually not for the better. So keep an eye out for ingredient changes. Knowing how to eat clean means being observant. If you make it a habit to read the ingredient lists on a regular basis, you’ll never be caught by surprise.
  2. If you run across any brands of food that are clean that are not listed here, please share them in a comment below. If we help each other, we will all succeed.


Click each link below to get a clean eating grocery shopping list for each store.


Here is my clean eating grocery list to help get you started.


  • Ezekiel brand breads – Most often found in the freezer section. This brand of bread has several types to choose from, but read ingredients as not all are clean. They have tortillas as well.
  • Alvarado Street Bakery brand breads – They have wonderful breads, rolls, hamburger buns and hot dog buns and all of them are clean.
  • Trader Joe’s brand whole grain breads – The two in particular that I know are clean are the Sprouted Multi-Grain bread and the California Protein bread.


This one is tough. It may take you a while to find a clean version. The only clean tortilla left in my area is sold by Trader Joe’s. They are hard to find, but worth it. Typically, the only ingredients will be corn, lime and water. Trader Joe’s also carries a sprouted wheat tortilla that is clean and quite good once you get used to the texture. It’s a bit stiffer than what you might be used to. The other option is to make your own.

Dairy is a source of much confusion when you’re learning how to eat clean. So here’s a general breakdown.

  • Milk – Raw milk is the cleanest milk you can get. But since it’s hard to find, expensive and even illegal in some states, the next best thing would be organic, full-fat milk. If you choose this route, it’s best to treat your milk as a fat and carbohydrate instead of a protein. Also know that homogenization is processing of dairy. You can go low fat, but the lower in fat you go, typically the more processed the milk is.
  • Cottage cheese (for those who eat it) – Full fat is best, but you can also use low fat. (NOT fat free.) That being said, it can be very difficult to find truly clean cottage cheese and again, the lower the fat, the more processing involved.
  • Yogurt – Always opt for Greek yogurt when you can. Plain yogurt (regular or Greek) is the only way to go. You can always mix in your own fruits and dab of honey or maple syrup if you need it flavored. Full fat though, not reduce or non-fat.
  • Cheese – Most cheeses are eaten in moderation due to their high fat content. Just be sure that if you buy it, you buy the real thing. No pre-shredded cheeses either (they have anti-caking agents added). If you need it shredded, buy the block and shred it yourself. Real grated Parmesan cheese is acceptable in moderation. (Note: Kraft brand Parmesan cheese is not clean. If it can sit on a shelf or in a cupboard for months, it’s not clean.  Buy the stuff in the refrigerator section.)
  • Unsweetened almond milk – Although a quick glance at the ingredient list may leave you wondering. It’s best to make your own.
  • Unsweetened rice milk (made from brown rice, not white). Again, homemade is best.
  • Unsweetened soy milk – If you go this route, be sure to purchase the organic variety to avoid GMO’s.
  • Unsweetened coconut milk – This is NOT the stuff in the cartons. This is the stuff in the cans. Be sure to read labels here. The Thai Kitchen brand is clean and pretty widely available. Light coconut milk is perfectly fine in this case. Get it on Amazon here. (affiliate link)


  • Eggs – These are a staple, especially egg whites. But most of the nutrition is in the yolks, so don’t leave them out too often. Try to avoid the carton egg whites.
  • Chicken & Turkey – Boneless, skinless poultry breasts are your best friends if you eat meat. But whole chickens are often the better deal and you get so much more out of them. If you can afford organic meats, it’s always a better way to go.

Once you know how to eat clean, beef can be part of your clean eating diet. However, you need to choose grass fed and humanely raised beef. A butcher can help you select these. If you are wanting to forgo beef, try venison, bison or buffalo. Both are very similar in flavor.


  • Pork – While not everyone believes pork to be a clean food, it’s actually clean if you get the good quality versions. Processed pork should be avoided like the plague. Things like ham are definitely not part of a clean eating meal plan. Skip the Canadian bacon as well. (How Canadian bacon ever got labeled as healthy is beyond me!)
  • Duck
  • Venison – This is a very lean meat and can be used in place of beef in most recipes.
  • Fish – Most fish is considered clean, just be careful of the mercury content found in most fish today. Also, please be sure you are buying sustainably. Your purchases have an impact here in a big way on the health of our oceans. Check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium web site for up to date info on what fish is safe to purchase in any given season.

This is where you really want to stock up. If you are concerned about pesticides but are on a tight budget, the general rule of thumb is to purchase organics for produce that has thin skin such as peaches, nectarines and all berries, and purchase regular items for produce that has thicker skin like bananas and oranges. Google “The Dirty Dozen” if you want to have a list of the worst pesticide laden produce or the “Clean 15” for the best produce to purchase conventionally.

So this is where “Shop The Perimeter” really comes in. The produce section is your friend, ESPECIALLY if you’re just learning how to eat clean. Load up when you can, as you’ll want most of your eating plan to be generated from this section of the store.


  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruits
  • Banana
  • Avocados
  • Berries of all kinds
  • Cherries
  • Kiwi
  • Star fruit
  • Any other fresh fruit you enjoy


  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Bell Peppers in any color
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Squash of any variety
  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Collard greens
  • Okra
  • Green beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Onions of any variety
  • Any other fresh veggie you enjoy

When you do venture into the aisles of the store, you should only be there for a few, food related items such as:

  • Tea – particularly green tea
  • Coffee
  • Oatmeal – Just the plain kind. Nothing flavored. Opt for steel cut oats or traditional rolled oats. I personally use quick oats, but only on occasion. Most of my oatmeal recipes use steel cut or rolled oats. Quick oats are best for baking.
  • Canned items with no added sugar – There is a lot of debate as to whether or not canned items, even without added sugar, are clean due to the BPA’s in the cans. But if you do decide to purchase things like beans or tomato sauce in a can, read the ingredients! There should be no added sugar (sugar, evaporated cane juice, dextrose, fructose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, etc…) in the list. Also, watch the sodium content in canned goods. It can add up quickly! There are also more BPA-free cans on the market these days. Costco is a great source for them, as is Whole Foods.
  • Dry beans and legumes – like lentils, black beans, chickpeas, etc.
  • Brown rice
  • Whole wheat or whole grain (like brown rice) pasta
  • Other whole grains such as barley
  • Nuts – Again, read the ingredients here. Nuts should be the only ingredient on the package. Usually, this means you’ll be buying raw nuts.
  • Seeds – Quinoa is a seed and it’s wonderful stuff. I use it a lot. Sun flower seeds, sesame seeds, chia or flaxseed are all good choices.


  • Ketchup – It’s virtually impossible to find a clean ketchup. So you may want to make  clean eating ketchup at home.
  • Mustard – It’s getting harder and harder to find mustard without added sugar. OrganicVille puts out a tasty yellow mustard without added sugar. But if you can’t find regular yellow mustard that is clean, opt for mustard like Dijon or other varieties. It’s much easier to find clean versions of those.
  • Honey – The healthiest honey you can purchase is Manuka honey. I highly recommend it if it’s within your budget. Get it on Amazon here. (affiliate link)
  • Pure Maple Syrup – Not the bottled syrups you get in the breakfast cereal aisle. The real stuff. The best kind you can get is from Quebec, Canada. Get it on Amazon here. (affiliate link)
  • Molasses – Look for the unsulfured variety. Get it on Amazon here. (affiliate link)
  • Spices – Any herbs you buy should come in bulk or a bottle. Never purchase seasoning packets; they are not clean by any means. Purchase singular herbs such as basil, parsley and thyme. Opt for garlic and onion powder, without salt. Avoid the herb blends unless you are comfortable with reading ingredient lists. Many have added sugars, even Mrs. Dash (though some of those blends are indeed clean, some are not).
  • Salt – I know many people try to reduce their salt intake. However, salt is actually a vital mineral for our bodies, so getting good quality salt is important. I like Real Salt and purchase it often at Whole Foods. But if you don’t have a Whole Foods, you can get it on Amazon here. (affiliate link)

This is another source of much confusion for those who are just learning how to eat clean. So here’s what to look for:

  • Whole wheat flourGet it on Amazon here. (affiliate link)
  • Whole wheat pastry flour – tough to find in some areas, but great for baking. Get it on Amazon here. (affiliate link)
  • White whole wheat flour – Easier to find but not as dense as regular whole wheat flour. (It’s a different variety of wheat, but it’s still whole grain) Get it on Amazon here. (affiliate link)
  • Coconut flourGet it on Amazon here. (affiliate link)
  • Almond FlourGet it on Amazon here. (affiliate link)
  • Other flours – If you are gluten intolerant, you will want to research other flours on gluten free sites. Unfortunately, I know very little about gluten free cooking/baking, although I am starting to learn.

So there you have it. It’s not an exhaustive list of non processed foods, but it’s a good place to start when you’re learning how to eat clean. I hope it helps!


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Clean Eating Grocery List For Beginners

A good blender and processor are indispensable tools for anyone who knows how to eat clean. From making smoothies to slicing veggies, these two appliances are incredibly helpful.

Better still is when you can get both tools in one, handy appliance. I’m a strong proponent of the Ninja blender system. I love the functionality of it and use mine almost daily for my Keto coffee, among other daily tasks. So when I looked up Ninja blenders, I saw this combo machine that made me want to hippity-hop down to the store for one.

But between my mom and I, we have 5 blenders and 3 processors. So I couldn’t justify it but I highly recommend it. Ninja is a very user-friendly appliance and is a real work horse. And by the way, I was not paid to say any of this. I have no contact with the Ninja company. I just really do love their appliances and really do have the blender in my kitchen. If you’re interested but can’t find one locally, you can get it on Amazon here. (affiliate link)

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  1. Hi! I’m new to this and was wondering if whole wheat pasta is clean? (eaten in moderation of course!)


    1. graciouspantry says:

      Jenny – Oh my. I forgot the pasta! Yes, whole grain pasta if clean.

      1. I typically eat quinoa pasta by ancient harvest. I really like it, and assumed it was clean, however now that I look at the ingredients it has corn flour in it. Does that make it unclean?

        1. graciouspantry says:

          Agclare – Not specifically. But I’d be willing to bet it’s GMO corn. Not sure if that bothers you or not.

      2. I love the list it’s very helpful my husband and I are working on being more healthy i personally have have health issues.
        My question is about the pasta’s what kind of sauce can you use or do I make my own

        1. Lisa – I do make my own. However, a clean, jarred sauce is not impossible to find. You might have to read some labels though. I know the Rao brand has clean ingredients in most (not all) of their sauces. But it is a little more expensive.

          Many jars of sauce that have clean ingredients, contain soybean oil. Many have added sugar and other ingredients that you’ll want to avoid. I leave the choice up to you on the soybean oil. Some people use it, some people don’t. It is definitely a highly processed ingredient.

          If you absolutely can’t find anything, then get the best you can find. Sometimes, that’s the only choice open to us if we can’t make our own. But making your own is actually pretty quick and easy. I have a few recipes here on my blog, and one more on the way.

  2. Fabulous! Many Thanks πŸ™‚ !!!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Macgill – My pleasure!

  3. great list! I am a little confused about the dairy. I thought full fat was better for you than low fat. Also why avoid shredded cheese? Is it more processed? Thank you for the list, espeically about bread. That one is always tough…and we don’t have a trader joes. boo! πŸ™‚

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Jessi – Full fat can be better, but not in all things. Keep in mind that milk is animal fat, so you only want it in moderation. Avoid shredded cheese because they add an “anti-caking” agent to it to keep it all from sticking together. Not clean by any stretch.

  4. THANK YOU!!
    This helped clear up some things for me and I found it very helpful.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      LR – Fantastic!

  5. RoseBlossom says:

    I just found your website and love it!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Rose – Thanks and welcome!

  6. graciouspantry says:

    Tay – The stuff in the carton is not clean. It has all sorts of added ingredients that don’t qualify on a clean eating diet. The canned stuff is pure. Just the coconut milk.

  7. graciouspantry says:

    BLMcKenzie – I’m happy you found it useful!

  8. graciouspantry says:

    Sami – My pleasure!

  9. graciouspantry says:

    pluvk – I’m glad you found it useful.

  10. graciouspantry says:

    Terri – I do try to purchase organic whenever I can afford it. Especially milk, produce and meat. I would have to see the ingredients on the Heinz ketchup, but I seriously doubt that it’s clean.

  11. graciouspantry says:

    Carlabruns – It does particularly well with baking and can be subbed cup for cup when baking.

  12. graciouspantry says:

    Job – I get mine at Whole Foods. You can order it from if you don’t have it in your area. The most popular brand is Bob’s Redmill. You can check their web site to see if they sell in your area. The best sub is WHITE whole wheat flour. It’s much easier to find. Even Walmart carries it.

  13. graciouspantry says:

    Jen – You could try, sure. That’s what I would do.

  14. graciouspantry says:

    Jo – LOL!!! I have too much to do to rest! So no, I don’t rest very often. I’m a very busy girl. But I don’t mind so much. Keeping busy keeps me out of trouble! πŸ™‚

  15. graciouspantry says:

    Bette – It all comes down to the ingredient list. For things like cheese and cottage cheese, the less fat, the more non-clean ingredients they have to put in to make it taste good. So for me, it’s about finding the healthiest middle ground. This list reflects that.

  16. graciouspantry says:

    Smoothgrl – I had no idea you could do that!

  17. graciouspantry says:

    Klundie – Thank you so much!

  18. Hello! Great list! Really, the only thing I can see missing is frozen fruit…I can’t live without my clean smoothies. I buy large containers of organic baby spinach and freeze them. The spinach freezes great and you can’t even taste it in a smoothie. I found Kale freezes great also!

    Another clean snack I go to a lot is brown rice cakes with Apple Butter…the kind with apples sugar added!

    Thanks for your blog.

    Lauren…Dorchester, Canada

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Lauren – Great additions! Thanks!

  19. This is great! I was wondering about the trader joe’s brand bread b/c it’s a little cheaper than Ezekiel brand. Great to know!!! Thanks!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Michele – My pleasure!

  20. graciouspantry says:

    Dora – No, they don’t. Sorry!

  21. graciouspantry says:

    Dora – If you can provide me with a link or a list of ingredients, I can tell you. But I don’t know off the top of my head. Sorry.

  22. graciouspantry says:

    Dora – I thought it was clean and have been using it myself. But now that I’m avoiding Agave, I don’t buy that any longer either since it’s agave sweetened.

  23. graciouspantry says:

    Sarahlynn – I don’t know off hand. They have many breads and I don’t eat any of them. I just know that some of them are not clean because fellow clean eaters have informed me of that. You’d have to read the ingredients to be sure.

  24. graciouspantry says:

    Japrescott – Yes. I am fully aware of GMO’s. I avoid them as best I can. I don’t use soy at all anymore and I try to always buy organic corn products.

  25. graciouspantry says:

    Jennifer – Wonderful!

  26. graciouspantry says:

    Anne – Thanks!

  27. graciouspantry says:

    Michele – Thanks! I avoid them because my doctor told me that the carton variety causes hair loss.

  28. How much do you spend each week on groceries for your family? This list is great, but also overwhelming to me!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Kelly – It’s not meant to be all-inclusive. It’s just a general list. I’m not saying you should buy all of it. Nobody could afford that. It’s meant as just a simple guide. I spend about $125 a week on food for 5 people.

  29. graciouspantry says:

    Kelly – Ya, the same thing happens to me. Sometimes you just have to take those big hits. It’s worth it in the long run when you save on paying for a doctors visit!

  30. Kbmathias says:

    Hi!! I love your blog…we follow a paleo/clean eating diet at our house and as far as the flours go alternatives for gluten free would be almond flour and coconut flour. Almond flour is better than coconut for baking but coconut is better for breading if that makes sense… coconut flour for coating/breading chicken. Coconut flour requires almost 3x the amount of eggs to help bind as almond flour does. But both are delicious!!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Kbmathias – Thanks so much! How long have you been following a paleo diet? What do you think of it so far? Is it sustainable?

      1. Kbmathias says:

        Long story short… I was a pescatarian eating paleo type foods and keeping greek yogurt and some whole grains… the hubs was full paleo. Then I got pregnant and we lost TOTAL control the first trimester because I wanted to eat meat! Now we’ve calmed down and we are back to following more clean eating with paleo influence and its’ working better! Paleo is def. not something that is sustainable unless you are cheating on weekends… I find that adding in some whole grains once or twice a week for the hubs and adding them in for breakfast in the morning is a way better paleo way. It’s SO strict and I need a bit of grain and dairy to help get me through the day! Hubs can do it strict but I can’t, I get bored!

        1. graciouspantry says:

          Kb – That’s kind of what I figured. Thanks for the honesty!

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  32. graciouspantry says:

    Dull – You’re welcome!

  33. graciouspantry says:

    Erin – After doing some research, I found that it is highly processed. REAL, raw agave is clean. But that’s not the stuff we get at the store in most cases. At least from what I’ve read.

  34. graciouspantry says:

    Dora – The bread is not clean, the bars are.

  35. Hi Tiffany! I’ve read through so many of your recipes, and I haven’t tried any as of yet, but I wanted to tell you that your site is amazing! I’m doing my best to stick to a clean diet, but I’m only 22 and sometimes, it’s really hard to say no to things I love. I’m trying the blogging thing out as well. I thought it would be a great way to get me to really stick to my eating and exercising if I know there are people (possibly) watching me. I’m old-fashioned, so I’ve been sitting here writing out great sounding recipes for a couple hours now, and I keep coming back to this site. Thank you so much for what you do! It’s amazing to know that I can eat healthy and enjoy it. Maybe I can even get my boyfriend into it too! You’re such an inspiration, and I love all your dessert recipes! Unhealthy baking is what got me into a weight issue, so I really love reading clean recipes I can enjoy in moderation. And now that it’s Farmers Market season in Canada, I think I can get a lot of the things I’ve been unable to find so far!
    Again, thank you so much for what you do! I really love your blog. When I start trying out your recipes, would it be okay if I shared the recipes there? I’d link back to you, of course!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Erin – 22 is the ideal time to be eating clean. The older you get, the harder it gets. Not that it’s impossible, but your body is most likely much more willing to do what you want it to do that it will be 10 years from now. So use that to your advantage.

      Please read the copyright page (link at the top of your screen) for info on sharing my recipes.

      Thanks! Glad you’re enjoying my site!

  36. graciouspantry says:

    Amanda – Coffee is processed regardless of whether it’s caffeinated or not. But you would be hard pressed to get most clean eaters to give it up. While I understand what you are saying here, I choose decaf because the caffeine is so hard on my blood sugar. You should, of course, tailor this list to your own lifestyle and nutritional needs and ideals.

  37. graciouspantry says:

    Liliana – That’s the company that makes ezekiel bread I believe. I’ll have to look for that. Thanks!

  38. graciouspantry says:

    Tiffany – Thanks! Glad you found it useful.

  39. graciouspantry says:

    Justine – Thank you and welcome!

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  41. graciouspantry says:

    Celeb – Yes. It’s the same thing as whole wheat flour. But I don’t use it much. I prefer either WHITE whole wheat flour (it’s a different type of wheat) or whole wheat pastry flour.

  42. graciouspantry says:

    Crystal – Depends on what you are looking for and where you are shopping. Germany has wonderful open markets where you can get all sorts of fresh produce. I would start there.

  43. I am so glad you posted this!! Love your website also!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Thanks Tammy!

  44. Julie Heliker Vroman says:

    I finally found some unsweeted coconut milk and I bought 2 cartons of it! Should I not use it??

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Julie – Depends on what’s in it. What’s in the ingredients?

  45. Teamaitken Vpa says:

    BBrown rice flour, almond flour & coconut flour are gluten free and great in baking & pancakes!

  46. Wheelers1 says:

    Thank you so much for your website. I was wondering about butter. Is it clean and if not, what is a good substitute?? Thanks again!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Wheelers1 – Depends on who you ask. Tosca Reno uses only organic butter in small amounts. I personally feel this is okay, but rarely use it myself.

  47. Rachel Decker says:

    Also, I do my best to buy brown eggs. Remember that you don’t need to buy organic fruit and veggies unless you will be eating the skin πŸ™‚ Happy eating!!!!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Rachel – Why brown eggs specifically? They are no more nutritious than white eggs. Is there a reason? And as for the organic produce, what really matters is the thickness of the skin. The thicker the skin, the less you need to worry about pesticides. The thinner the skin, the more you want to purchase organics.

      1. I recently started buying brown eggs only because I read somewhere that they are not naturally white at all, that “they” change the color somehow to make them more appealing. I am not sure if that is true.

        1. graciouspantry says:

          No, that’s not true. Chickens can lay eggs in many different colors.

          1. Marcy E Bechtold Black says:

            Where I live “Brown eggs are local eggs & local eggs are fresh.” At least that’s what they say to promote buying from local providers.

            1. graciouspantry says:

              Interesting. Hmmm…. Kinda odd because local chickens can lay white eggs too.

              1. Jennifer Olin says:

                “Local” eggs can be many different colors. All depends on the breed of the chicken. My local farm where I get my eggs from, has white, brown and even green (which are the kids fave). On a side note, this farm has pasture fed chickens and to me, these are the best eggs I have ever had. I will NEVER go back to store bought (factory farmed) eggs ever again.

                1. graciouspantry says:

                  Ya, I really need to find farm fresh eggs. I have enough farms around me now to do that too!

  48. I love your website and have already used many recipes! Im excited to adopt a more clean eating lifestyle. I do have a question though. Why do you promote avoiding full fat dairy, like whole milk or full fat greek yogurt? Is it a clean eating thing, or do you personally believe in eating fat free as much as possible? This kind of diet has proven to be detrimental to your health. Eating butter, whole milk, full fat diary is actually good for you, along with other healthy fats of course that come from foods such as avocados and olive oil, coconut oil etc. Everything in moderation of course. Maybe its just the way its processed isn’t clean? Can you drink raw milk, or eat raw milk butter on a clean eating diet? Just curious. πŸ™‚ Thank you!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Ashleigh – Some of it is my own personal preference, but it’s also a means of keeping animal fats low. I eat a lot of meat, so I reduce where I can. I do make it a point to include healthy fats in moderation. But an argument could be made that we shouldn’t consume dairy at all. I suppose it all comes down to what works for you personally.

  49. Janeemontelongo says:

    Are Milton’s brand multi-grain bread aAre crackers clean?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I have no idea. I’d have to see an ingredient list.

  50. graciouspantry says:

    Sue – The list is as endless as your produce section! It just comes down to what you enjoy.

  51. graciouspantry says:

    LMP – I used to think so, but apparently it’s not. Turns out it’s very processed stuff.

    1. Marcy E Bechtold Black says:

      Agave nectar is processed? I’m gonna have to re-check the one I saw at the health food store, I thought it was 100%? You can’t get 100% agave nectar?

  52. graciouspantry says:

    Sweet potatoes are fine, but most clean eaters avoid regular potatoes. They are very concentrated in sugar and starch and easily pack on the pounds. Lean beef is fine, I just don’t eat beef personally which is why you can’t find it on my blog.

  53. Keslie0498 says:

    Wonderfully done! Everything was simplified perfectly! Thank you!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Thanks! Glad you liked it!

  54. graciouspantry says:

    Of course! I love avocados! This is not an all inclusive list. Just something to get you started. Please add them!

  55. graciouspantry says:

    I don’t think it’s clean, but I haven’t really researched it either. Substitutes will depend on what you are making, but for the most part, there really is no substitute for cheese. Sad but true.

  56. graciouspantry says:

    Awesome! I’m glad you found it helpful!

  57. Hi Tiffany,
    I was wondering if Stevia is an ok substitute for sugar in cooking??

    1. graciouspantry says:

      It is, but you’ll have to google a conversion chart. You can’t sub in equal amounts. Also, the powder isn’t clean. But I believe the liquid is.

  58. If a package ingredient list has rice as an ingredient but does not specify brown rice do you assume it is white and not clean. All the other ingredients are clean though. Looking for some chips for my husband who is trying to convert with me.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      There are very specific laws that govern how ingredients are listed on a package. So if it only says “rice”, then yes, it is definitely white rice. By law, it must say brown rice if that’s what’s in it.

  59. graciouspantry says:

    You can’t get stevia in that form in nature. You can’t pick the powder off the plant. To get it to that powdered state, it has to undergo a lot of processing which is what clean eating avoids. That said, we all make choices about what we allow in our eating plans. I know of clean eaters who use the powder. It’s all about personal choices.

    1. Anne Klein says:

      Ah ha! I am researching Stevia right now. Not sure which brand to get. Didn’t think about the powder being processed.

  60. graciouspantry says:

    Happy to help!

  61. graciouspantry says:

    My pleasure! Weight is a nasty business. I’ve been fighting it for the better part of my whole life. Hang in there.

  62. graciouspantry says:

    As long as there is no added sugar, so it’s JUST the fruit, yes, it’s fine.

  63. graciouspantry says:

    There is a lot of research to suggest that coffee in small amounts is very healthy for you. I have personal issues with caffeine due to my blood sugar problems. Caffeine just doesn’t agree with me. I’m not sure about the formaldehyde, but at this point, nothing would surprise me. I’ll have to look into it. Thanks!

  64. graciouspantry says:

    The decaf is a personal choice for me simply because the caffeine does really bad things to my blood sugar. I haven’t done much research on decaf, but it wouldn’t surprise me. By your example here, it’s best to choose regular.

  65. graciouspantry says:

    unless, of course, you can’t tolerate caffeine either…

  66. Hello, just wondering about using Agave as a sweetener? Is this considered clean? Thanks πŸ˜‰

    1. graciouspantry says:

      No, agave is not clean. Sorry.

  67. graciouspantry says:

    As long as they are true herbs like basil or parsley, you usually don’t have to worry about them. The spice mixes are a bit more difficult. You have to read the labels on those.

  68. graciouspantry says:

    It’s not really part of a clean eating diet. But the truth is, if you have it in very small amounts on rare occasions, there’s nothing wrong with it.

  69. graciouspantry says:

    I’d have to read the ingredients to tell you.

  70. Anne Klein says:

    I didn’t see Bison on the list. Okie dokie or not? What do you think?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Yup! Bison is good!

  71. graciouspantry says:

    I have a recipe for evaporated milk that works well, and I also have a coffee creamer recipe listed in the drinks section. I will also have a pumpkin pie coffee creamer coming up next month.

  72. Hi, I live in Australia and we eat kangaroo here. It is much leaner than beef. Is this ok?

  73. What’s wrong with other parts of the chicken if there’s no skin – like boneless/skinless thighs?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Nothing at all.

  74. graciouspantry says:

    Shannon – Whole, ORGANIC dairy is indeed the cleanest. The only thing more clean would be raw dairy. As for the added sugar, that would depend greatly on which dairy product you are talking about. Some have it, some don’t.

  75. graciouspantry says:

    I’ve never heard of the Nutiva brand, but the name certainly sounds like it would be clean. Your best bet with lemon juice is just to buy lemons and squeeze them. The cayenne pepper is fine, but I’m not sure about the garlic salt. Garlic powder is fine, but garlic salt can have unwanted additions. Read the ingredient list to be sure. Same with Lowrys.

  76. graciouspantry says:

    It’s a personal choice. I personally have to drink decaf if I want coffee because the regular is too hard on my blood sugar. That said, I’ve given up coffee for the most part now all together. If you can tolerate the caffeine, then regular is better. But if you really want to break it down, no coffee is clean.

  77. graciouspantry says:

    Different people have different approaches to clean eating. Up until recently, my choice was to help control fat intake with lower fat dairy. But my blog evolves as I do where nutrition is concerned and I am now more inclined to suggest the full fat, ORGANIC dairy. That said, I am currently avoiding dairy all together.

  78. graciouspantry says:

    I personally don’t view xylitol as clean. But I do know that Tosca Reno herself recommends it and there are plenty of clean eaters who use it. So it’s a personal choice I guess.

  79. As a teenager it’s so hard to try to eat clean when you don’t cook your own meals or buy your own food, but I will try this, the list is helpful, but do you have any recipe ideas for this food?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      My whole blog is full of recipes. This list is just a suggestion. I suggest you sit down with your parents, let them know what you want to do, and try to work on it as a family. It’s best to start with the recipes you want to make and create a shopping list from there.

  80. graciouspantry says:

    No, it’s different. These days, you can eat 100% organic and still be eating processed foods. It all depends on how you shop. If you buy a box of all organic quaker oats granola bars, you will still get refined sugar. Even if it is organic. The idea of clean eating is to avoid processed foods. You can certainly purchase organic produce and the like, that’s always a great option. But you still have to buy unprocessed foods to eat clean. Things that are as close to nature as possible. Things that haven’t been changed in a factory.

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  82. graciouspantry says:

    Most clean eaters consider dark chocolate to be a treat, even if it is “good for you”. And yes, they eat it with the refined sugar. If you want to avoid that ( I do), then yes. These would be your best option.

  83. Sheilajp1968 says:

    Wow, this is alot to take in, but im gonna try iy on my next grocery trip!

  84. Thank you. This is a great list!

  85. graciouspantry says:

    Unless you make it yourself, you won’t find a brand that is truly clean. At least not in my experience. It’s one of those personal choice things. If you do decide to use it, always opt for the unsweetened variety. It’s the closest you’ll get to clean in a purchased product.

  86. graciouspantry says:

    Liquid stevia is clean. But I don’t use it because I get an after taste. Many do not, however.

  87. graciouspantry says:

    Oat flour is great!

  88. graciouspantry says:

    No, it’s not clean. But the substitute would depend on the recipe. If you want to email it to me, I’d be happy to take a look.

  89. graciouspantry says:

    Raw milk (especially organic) I believe is considered about as clean as you can get. I think the main issue for most people is not being able to get it. In some places, it’s even illegal to sell it. So you won’t find it mentioned a lot in clean eating. But as far as I know, it’s clean.

  90. graciouspantry says:

    Yes, you can use that. Again, not 100% clean, but it’s as close as you’ll get without making it yourself.

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  93. Julie Miller says:

    thanks for helping me to be a healthier me, im 52 and want to be a healthy old person that feels great and im going to be, thank you Jesus πŸ™‚

  94. I was led to your site on two different occasions today, which I take as a sign that there is a lot of information here that I need! I look forward to exploring all of the great ideas here.

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  96. Just a heads up- Methyl Chloride or Ethyl Acetate are chemicals often used to decaffeinate coffee. That means decaf coffee would not be considered clean.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      True. But then, nothing about coffee is truly clean. However, you’d be hard pressed to get most coffee drinkers to give up their morning cup of joe. Decaf is (in my experience) a little easier on the blood sugar.

  97. What is your buzz on fats? You recommend low/fat free milks which contain powdered(processed) milk. Also foods that naturally have fat have to go through extra processing to be lower in fat. Foods with natural fats can actually be better for our bodies as our bodies don’t have to figure out what it is and where it belongs like with the new complex trans fats and other unsaturated.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      As with most things, eating plans change. When I first started eating clean, I focused on keeping the fat content low. Now that I’m following more of a Paleo plan, you’ll see in my current recipes that the fat content is a bit higher. My recipes change as I learn more. This blog is simply a record of what I eat. Now that I’ve been doing this a while, I am fully aware that low fat and non-fat products are processed. But for many people, it’s still a balancing act of eating unprocessed, yet still keeping the fat moderate. I have recipes here that suit everyone’s needs and styles. If one recipe doesn’t work for you, simply try another. Or you can sub for full fat ingredients where my recipes say low fat. It’s up to you.

  98. graciouspantry says:

    I’m not sure I understand the question.

  99. Hi! Im new and just found your site. Thank you for all the great info. Question: I’m really into coconut oil but notice its high in saturated fat. Do you reccomened coconut oil for daily use in replace of regular oils? I want to start eating clean. I have a 15 month old so nutrition is important.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I cook with coconut oil all the time. But that’s my preference. If you want to cook with something else, that’s fine too. Olive oil is always a heart healthy choice.

  100. HI! I am a beginner to clean eating! I just wanted to say that this is a huge help!!

    I do have a question, on fruits. For example, I live in the midwest, so fruit is always around “seasonally” or it is fresh, but they are really expensive, or not in the best shape. Are frozen fruits acceptable? As long as they don’t have any added sugars or flavors?


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Yes, frozen and unsweetened are perfectly fine. πŸ™‚

  101. I am fairly new to clean eating and I still think too much sometimes and stress myself out if I should be eating it or not. I love salads but cant eat them plain or with olive oil and lemon spritzed on it, is Walden farms clean eating. When I look at ingredients it appears to me as it is,. but if not do yo have suggestions on dressings other than MAKING my own?

    BTW, love your site, it is my current bible! πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      It’s really very quick and easy to make your own. I promise. If you have the ingredients on hand, it’s 5 minutes tops for a full bottle. But you can check out the OrganicVille brand. The unsweetened ones are typically clean.

  102. Wow recipes to make a full bottle, that wouldnt be so bad…….Should on look on the website for receipes?

  103. THANK YOU, you are the best!!

  104. Hey there!

    I am looking at starting to follow a clean eating plan, but I’m still trying to understand.
    I see you say under the meats section, that pork is not good. This made me a bit worried, because one of my staple go-to meats is pork tenderloin, which is a very lean cut – is the fat of bacon the problem, or are you saying to avoid it for another reason?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      You’re right, that was confusing. I just updated what I wrote there. While some people don’t feel any pork is clean under any circumstance, I believe that as long as you have an unprocessed, lean cut, you’re doing pretty well. 10 extra points if it’s organic and pastured. πŸ™‚

  105. hi! i’m new to eating clean and i have a few questions: what about peanut butter? is there a brand i can buy? also olive oil, can i use that to cook with?

    thanks, love the site! i see me using this A LOT in the future!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      The Adam’s brand seems to be the most widely available. But if you have a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, their store brands are clean as well. Opt for extra virgin olive oil.

  106. Mitaly Mora says:

    thank you so much for all the information! i cannot wait to spread the knowledge i just gained lol. thank you so much and im hoping this works for me since i still have yet to recover my body from pregnancy. thank you

  107. Jeff Hamlin says:

    There is a local market that sells “creamline” milk. It is non-homogenized and is low-temperature pasteurized. Much tastier and better for you than any regular store milk.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Never heard of it! I’ll have to look into it. Thanks for the heads up!

  108. Working on the transition. Any options for clean hot dogs/

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I have seen some on rare occasion at Whole Foods. But they are about $9 for a package of regular size hot dogs. So it really depends on how much you are willing to spend. You won’t find them at regular stores.

  109. Hi there,

    I saw your comment regarding boxed coconut milk and how it’s not clean compared to the canned coconut milk… the ingredients in the carton only say “coconut milk” so how is this not clean? Just curious!

    Thanks for the clarification!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tara – If the only thing in the ingredient list is coconut milk, then it is clean. But I’ve never seen a carton that says that.

  110. Thanks for the info, this is a great site.
    What protein bars and/or shakes are approved?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Megan – You can make your own bars (I have a couple recipes here on my site). As for shakes, none are really clean. But some are better than others. I used to use Natural Factors. It was pretty good stuff.

  111. Hi,

    I’m wanting to start the clean eating. Do I just buy all the foods you listed for the beginners and then use the recipes you have posted to make the meals for each day? This is so overwhelming for me! I need your help! πŸ™‚


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Taylour – Think of this list as more of a general suggestion. Your best bet is to plan your meals, and then shop for what you need. Keep your meals simple in the beginning so you don’t get overwhelmed. Chicken, salads, eggs, whole grains, etc. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes. That’s how we learn. I’ve been doing this for 4 years, and I still screw things up almost weekly. Just keep going back to it and over time, it will get easier.

  112. Thank you so much for all the effort and thought you’ve put into this site. I found it through pin on pinterest and have made several trips back here. I have one question on the milk – What is wrong with the refrigerated coconut milk? My family has tried all of the milks out there and the one they like best is the unsweetened coconut milk, the refrigerated kind, but I see that you’ve made it a point to make sure that it NOT acceptable. Ugh. I thought we were on the right track, finally finding a milk substitute, but I guess not. I am VERY new to the clean eating lifestyle, so maybe I don’t quite understand all the ins and outs. I appreciate your time and effort!! Thank you in advance for your answer!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Emily – It’s possible there is a brand out there that is clean that I do not know about. You would have to read the ingredient list to find out if it’s clean. If the ONLY thing listed in the ingredients is coconut milk, then it’s perfectly fine. If not, you may want to reconsider. Feel free to post the ingredient list here if you are unsure.

  113. Hi,

    As far as clean meants. I buy fresh turkey sausage from a local grocer. They put it in the casing themselves. Can it possibly be clean? Or is there a clean kind? Also, any idea where I can get unsweetened dark chocolate chips?? Or SOME kind of clean dark/regular chocolate chips that aren’t insanely expensive?? Thanks!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sarah – It depends on what they put into the sausage. You’d have to ask for an ingredient list. The only chocolate chips I know of are grain sweetened by SunSpire. (

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tab – My pleasure! πŸ™‚

  114. Hi. I am new here. I am a junior in college and I am really trying to get back to my healthy lifestyle but its kind of difficult. I cook a lot of boxed meals because its quick and easy. Is that bad?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ki’Yada – Well, it’s not clean. “Bad” is subjective.

  115. Thank you so much for the great info:) I think I am going to start this diet.. I’ve all ways been a little scared of it but I think I can do this. I am on a gluten free diet all ready and reading your list I see a lot of stuff that I thought I couldn’t have on it:) so yay:) wish me luck and thank you so much again

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lacey – Gluten free is or can be totally separate. Many gluten free products are not clean. So be careful in what you choose. You may want to consult a registered dietitian to help you make the adjustment.

  116. Thanks for the great list – quick question about the poultry. Could you please explain why chicken breast is clean, but the legs are not? I often use chicken thigh in things like stir-fries.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rachel – It’s clean, just much higher in fat. I’ve updated the post.

  117. I love the free info. However I wish it were a .pdf version available so I could print it out to take while shopping. Thank you for tips.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Maurita – Just click the green “Print Friendly” button at the bottom of the article. πŸ™‚

  118. What about hienz simply organic ketchup… I know it has no high fructose corn syrup… ??

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Desiree – I’d have to see an ingredient list to be certain, but I’m pretty sure it still has refined sugar in it. I think it would be pretty difficult to get anything clean from a big company like that.

  119. Hi there,

    What about agave syrup? I use it almost exclusively.


  120. Thanks for this great resource. I’ve recently done an overhaul of my pantry, fridge and general eating habits and this has been a fantastic guide on what I should and shouldn’t replace.
    I’ve had a bit of a challenge with finding alternatives for American products in my Aussie shops but for the most part, it’s been very easy to follow.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nika – Glad you found it useful! Sounds like you’re off to a great start. πŸ™‚

  121. I’m so glad I found your website -it’s a wonderful resource! I’ve just started the journey to clean eating, and all the info you’ve posted has been quite helpful. I especially loved the articles about clean eating with kids….my family isn’t entirely convinced that I haven’t lost my marbles on this one. πŸ˜‰
    Our family just moved half-way across the country and we’re in a temporary apartment. In three weeks, we’ll be in our house and my pantry will be completely bare -so your shopping lists are a Godsend! I can’t wait to go grocery shopping and try out new recipes! πŸ˜€

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Joyce – Haha! Fantastic! Make a few clean desserts for them. They’ll come around pretty quick. πŸ˜€

  122. Thanks for this list! So helpful! Can’t wait to go shopping!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Whitney – My pleasure! πŸ™‚

  123. Hi! My name is Ally, and I’ve been reading about clean eating for about a week now. I’m not a big gym rat or anything like that, but I’m trying to get back into modeling and this is supposed to be the easiest way to lose weight. The only problem I have is that I’m only 15 years old. Would it be unhealthy for me to start eating clean at this age? And if its not, do you have any tips to get my family on board? They’re big on bacon and processed meats and I find that kind of stuff repulsive (especially when you see the grease and fat buildup if you leave it out!).
    Please help?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ally – If you’ll pardon me, I’m going to get up on my soap box for a moment.

      It’s never unhealthy to put wholesome, real food in your body. It’s what our bodies are made to run on. But at 15 years old, you need to be sure you are not restricting your calorie intake too severely as your body is still growing and changing (I say this as a mom, not a medical professional.). I modeled at your age too and I know exactly how strong the push is to lose weight. I destroyed my metabolism with severe dieting at that age and now I’m having a devil of a time getting the weight off. The modeling world wants emaciated girls who look more like a clothes hanger than a real person. I’m not saying that to put down your goals, but rather to give you some perspective. There’s nothing wrong with modeling if you keep a good head on your shoulders and be sure that your parents are there to back you up. There are a lot of creeps in that industry that speak before they think. Or maybe they just don’t care. It’s a toss up. So be sure you have backup in that regard. Don’t put all your self worth in what the modeling industry tells you like I did. And lastly, be careful what you do to your body in the name of being a model. You may force your body into being “picture perfect” for a while, but you have to live with the consequences for the rest of your life. So be smart about that. (Of course, I say all of this without knowing you).

      As for getting your family on board, the best thing you can do is lead by example. Nobody ever changes their ways by being forced or made to feel bad about the way they eat. If you are truly worried about their health, I say sit down and talk to them about it. But don’t try to force it one them, or it will backfire. Just worry about yourself. As long as they support you and your healthy efforts, you’re doing pretty well. And even if they don’t, it’s always good to be a healthy, vibrant example of good health.

      I’m not sure that’s the answer you were looking for, but that’s my two cents for whatever it’s worth. Yes, you can lose weight with clean eating. But never lose sight of the fact that clean eating is supposed to make you healthier. Not just skinnier. Any eating plan can be abused in that respect.

      I wish you all the best!

  124. Thank you so much!
    I’ve never been one of those pencil thin girls, and I don’t plan to now. I am wanting to be a teen Nike model, so being fit is key. I have all the muscle built up, but unfortunately there’s still that tummy pooch of fat that seems to grow by just looking at something fatty!
    I appreciate your opinion and I’m glad you told me what you did! It’s always nice to have an outside opinion on what I’m doing, and yours might have been just what I needed!
    Again, thank you so much and keep up the blog! πŸ™‚ I’m loving the tips, tricks, and advice on this (especially when you go in and specifically answer everyone’s questions!)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ally – My pleasure! There are some very specific rules for getting “lean” if you already have the muscle. But to be honest, I don’t know a lot about it. Your best bet is to talk to a trainer or dietitian who works with body building competitors. If anybody can help you with that, they can. I wish you all the best! πŸ˜€

  125. Biodynamic food is the cleanest there is!
    it’s the next stage up from Organic.
    look into it!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Hannah – Yes, I know! It’s wonderful! I wish it was more widely available.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bob – Added it! Thanks! πŸ˜€

  126. I didn’t read all the comments to see if this was mentioned, but Muir Glen Organics ( began packaging their tomatoes, sauces and soups in cans with NO BPA last year. They had an article about the transition on their site at that time, but now it just states the following:

    “Our tomatoes are packaged without synthetic chemical additives of any kind.”

    I was THRILLED to find this out and am on the lookout for other companies to follow!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kristi – That’s great! But it gives me pause. You may want to ask them one more time to be sure they didn’t go back. BPA isn’t something they put in the food before packing, it’s in the actual lining of the can. So the wording makes me a little suspicious, particularly since the site mentioned it before and now says something different. That usually a red flag, so best to double check.

  127. No, I don’t believe that’s the case. I believe that just restated because before they were reporting on transitioning from BPA lining to non-BPA lining and what dates on the cans were from the new lining, etc. That has been removed because the old lining has been phased out.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kristi – I see. That makes more sense. Thanks for letting me know! πŸ˜€

  128. And I just checked my cans. They say, “The lining of this can was produced without the use of BPA.”

  129. We just started purchasing Food for Life: 7 Sprouted Grains Bread.

    Now, from what I can tell as a beginner, this seems like clean bread. The ingredients are filtered water, the 7 sprouted grains, brown rice, sea salt, and…organic wheat gluten. That last one is the only ingredient I wasn’t sure about. But I don’t know anything about making bread.


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jenn – It should be fine, yes. Enjoy!

  130. Thank you so much I want to try eating clean. I had willpower when I became a vegetarian so hopefully I have willpower for this too! I was really confused as to what I was allowed to buy so many thanks for clearing that up! I love your shopping list, thank you! πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica – My pleasure! I have lists for specific stores as well if that helps. Enjoy!

  131. Letta Bridges says:

    Thank you for this list! It is so confusing and overwhelming when you are first starting out and this really helped me a lot! πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Letta – My pleasure!

  132. Stephanie says:

    I love you site! Today is the beginning of a new lifestyle for me and I’m feeling very lost in understanding all of it. In an attempt to get my fibromyalgia under control I’m going to be eating clean but I’m having a hard time with a few things. Is regular fat free or 2% milk ok? I live in a small town in Wyoming with a Walmart, Albertsons, and Smiths what bread is a safe bread that I could purchase there? Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stephanie – You may want to consider ordering food online. It will open up a whole new world of food for you. I personally recommend organic, whole milk. Clean eating is just as much about quality as it is quantity. Whole milk is less processed. As for bread, the Alvarado Street Bakery brand is good as are a few of the Ezekiel breads.

  133. Hi Tiffany!
    I had a friend recommend your site to me as place for “real life practical” clean recipes. Haven’t even gotten that far yet and I’m loving your site! This is officially the first week my family is eating clean! Or a whole lot closer to it than ever before! My question relates to beans/lentils/legumes: what if you don’t like them? I love green beans but that’s about it! Kidney beans, chickpeas, etc. . .YUCK! Can’t stand them! Any suggestions on alternatives?

    Thanks again!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angi – Welcome! I guess it would depend on the recipe. I mean, if you’re making a bean salad, I can’t think of a single thing that would replace the beans. But if you’re talking about making a green salad with beans, you can easily just leave them out. If you truly dislike them, there’s no reason you have to eat them. I don’t really cook with them at all anymore as I’m slowly shifting more towards a paleo style of eating. If you have any specific recipes you’d like me to look at, feel free to post a link and I’ll see if I can figure something out.

  134. Hey have you ever heard of or checked out Dave’s Killer Seed Bread?? It is available at our Sam’s Club and local grocery. It looks like it should fit clean eating but I wanted a second opinion.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Maggie – No, I’ve never heard of it and I can’t find an ingredient list anywhere on their site. Sorry!

  135. careykisses says:

    Just learned something new, I have never heard of clean foods be for. There is some good useful info there.

    Is whole wheat or stoned ground whole wheat considered a starch?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Careykisses – I don’t believe so.

  136. careykisses says:

    What are the best grains to eat?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Careykisses – Well, this is completely my personal opinion, but I would have to go with oats and quinoa (although quinoa is technically a seed). Maybe even some millet, but I don’t cook with that often. I don’t care for the texture.

  137. Can you freeze the trader joe tortillas?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Samantha – They are a little more delicate after defrosting, but yes you can.

  138. Hi! Im cleaning out the pantry/fridge to start eating clean and I cant wait! Im in Michigan and just wanted to let you know Meijer (regional store) Mustard is sugar free πŸ™‚ P.S. love this blog!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      ShawnaS – Thanks for the tip! πŸ™‚

  139. M. Miller-Hall says:

    I tried to read as many comments as possible and am really wanting to change my eating to a “clean” eating. Could someone give me somewhat of a definition on what is “clean?”

  140. Jessica W says:

    What about chicken stock can you use it? Or do you have a good recipe to make my own clean version?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica – I do have a recipe here on my blog. But I also buy it on occasion. I’ve found that the Imagine brand is the best so far. They have a low sodium / no MSG broth that is tasty and appears to be clean.

  141. Kaitlyn Oconnell says:

    Hi! I was just wondering since quinoa Is clean, would quinoa pasta be considered clean? Its by far my favorite type of pasta, I dont know if I could give it up!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kaitlyn – Depends on what’s in the ingredients. If you want to post them here, I can tell you.

  142. I’m was wondering what you meant by carton egg whites.. I love eggs.. So trying to figure out which ones to buy..

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bridget – Just buy real eggs. I was referring the the liquid whites that come in a pint size milk container.

  143. I have been eating ‘whole’ unprocessed food for years and have never looked back. However one thing worries me, and it has to do with fat. Eating only lean meat is a) very wasteful. You cannot eat one small part of an animal and toss the rest. The organs, bones, and fattier cuts have nutrition too. b) Fat is healthy, contrary to popular belief, even saturated. In moderation of course, but fat fills you up and tells your brain when it’s time to stop eating. It also has vitamins and minerals that your body is craving. Avoiding these items completely will set you up for failure.
    The first step of ditching processed foods is always the right choice, now let’s get back to the way humans are supposed to eat and live healthy lives. By eating in moderation the WHOLE animal (waste not want not), full-fat dairy, and plenty of fruits and veg. Throw in some whole grains and natural sweets (like honey, maple syrup) for a treat and bob’s your uncle.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kristen – I completely agree.

  144. Hi Tiffany,
    I am quite new to this too and have been looking for lots of recipes online and i keep coming back to your site. I do have a few questions though, there are a lot of clean recipes about that contain feta cheese, do you consider this to be clean? Also I just bought a bag of organic cornmeal, would I be able to use this to make tortillas?
    Thanks so much for all your advice!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sarah – I suppose, as with any food, that it would depend on the cheese. You have to read the ingredient list. But overall, I would think most feta would be clean. The cornmeal and what you use it for will depend on the grind and how fine it is. If it’s very course, I wouldn’t recommend it for tortillas. But if you have a small grinder, you can turn it into flour pretty quickly. Then it would be just fine for tortillas.

  145. Hi Gracious Pantry, my name is Adam and I am 28 years old.

    I think your site is brilliant and full of useful information. I am new to eating clean and have a few questions:

    I like all fresh lean meat and fish such as chicken breasts, turkey breasts, salmon and cod fillets etc, how much should I eat per portion, if I am going to have 5-6 small meals a day? I have bought kitchen scales so I can weigh it out…

    How often should red meat be included in my diet?

    Also, can these 5-6 meals a day just be fruit and veg portions, like a carrot or a banana etc?

    Is fresh corn on the cob also ok?

    Are all potatoes class as white carbs and are to be avoided?

    Is the best way to cook vegetables to steam them?

    Although a lot of this common sense, I just need a few pointers! Thanks for your help!


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Adam – How much protein you need is a very personal thing. I wouldn’t know how to tell you that. It’s different for everybody and is based not only on your body type and goals, but also how active you are. I will say that one serving of protein is about 28-30 grams. But I couldn’t tell you how many servings you personally need. You would need to research that or talk to a dietitian. The red meat issue is just as hazy. I think most dietitians will tell you to limit your red meat. But there are some studies now that say it’s fine so long as you source it well. It should be grass fed, organic, non-gmo, etc…

      As for each meal, you generally want them to be as balanced as possible. Again, this is a personal choice. For me, I always made sure to have a carb, a protein and fat at each meal. But others focus on protein, fat and tons of veggies, regardless or if the veggies are carbs or not. It will depend greatly on your goals and what works for your own body.

      Corn on the cob is clean, providing it’s non-gmo.

      Technically, potatoes are clean. But most clean eaters avoid them and enjoy a sweet potato instead simply because white potatoes are so high in starch and natural sugars. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying them on occasion though if you want them. Again, your goals will play a large role here.

      As far as I know, the best way to cook veggies is to steam them until they are al dente. But you will find varying opinions on this as well.

      Basically, if you cut the processed garbage from your eating plan, you’ve got a good portion of this under control. Stick to the fresh stuff that doesn’t require nutrition labels, and you’ll be most of the way there.

  146. I mostly shop at Wal-Mart and was wondering if there was a sandwich bread that was considered clean there. We are a family of 5 and my husband and son pack their lunch everyday and usually take some kind of sandwich. However, I’m getting ready to change our eating habits but don’t want to shock them to much. Thanks for your website I have found it very interesting and helpful and with your helpful advise I feel we can make a healthy change.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angela – I’m sure it varies by region. However, I doubt it. Walmart is not the type of store to carry clean bread. Have you considered making your own? I have a good sandwich bread recipe here…

  147. Hi ya, I am only starting this clean eating today I can’t afford to but all organic but have tried with the canned beans etc and oats? I am hoping this clean eating will have lots of health benefits including loosing weight, I am wheat intolerant a little is fine but I seriously have been overloaded with the holidays season. have you managed to loose weight by following this ?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – Yes. I lost 60 pounds until I wrote my first cookbook. Now I’m starting all over again. πŸ™

  148. I want to thank you for this site. I have been weeding out chemicals from our diet and cleaning products and this site is the first time I heard the phrase “clean eating” when I was looking up a cleansing diet. I actually used one of your recipes and my 3 (6,5,2) daughters were even eating it with me. I have two questions: My 5 year old has suffered from constipation since she was 2. It is so awful sometimes she goes day with out sleeping from stomach pain. Her doctors advice is Muralax, Muralax, Muralax. I took her off cow milk to try and help and also give her fresh fruits and veggies. Is this a safe diet (not diet as in lose weight she’s so skinny) for a 5 year old? My hope is that if she does this it will ease the constipation. Second, is cheese and yogurt okay on this diet for kids? I always make them yogurt, granola, flaxseeds, and fresh fruit for breakfast and am wondering if I should stop. Thank you and I really appreciate this site! Jessica

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      JessicaR – Welcome! It’s difficult to advise you in this simply because I’m not a medical professional. But I will say that for kids, treating this as a “diet” is a bad idea. It’s far better and healthier to simply do what you’re doing. As you said, she doesn’t need to lose weight, particularly at her age. But pulling chemicals and garbage out of a child’s food supply is never a bad thing. It can only help. Just keep in mind that if it is dairy that is causing an issue, just getting rid of milk won’t do the trick. You have to read every label and also cut out things like cheese and yogurt as well. Just be sure she’s still getting enough calcium if you do remove dairy completely. While eliminating it 100% is the only way to tell if it’s causing the problem, you need to be sure she’s still getting all the nutrients she needs for her growing body. The breakfast you mentioned sounds very healthy to me! A great way to start the morning… unless dairy is the issue. I highly recommend seeking out a holistic dietitian. They can sometimes be hard to locate, but they are well worth it if something in the food supply is the issue. Again, I’m not a medical professional. That’s just my two, non-medical professional cents, for whatever it’s worth. I wish you the best! I know how hard it is to watch while your child suffers. It’s awful. I hope she’s feeling better soon.

  149. Thank you for all this wonderful information! I am just starting clean eating and find your list very helpful. I will be going out shopping tomorrow. I usually buy triscuit crackers (my kids like them as a snack). I know they are not organic but I believe they are clean although possibly a GMO product. The ingredients are whole grain soft white wheat, soybean oil and sea salt. Are they considered clean? I’ll try the ak mak ones you have listed but just curious about the ones we have been buying.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nicole – No, sorry. Triscuits are not clean.

  150. Thank you for answering! I’ll look into finding a dietitian in our area. I just don’t feel pushing a laxative is the answer and really hope this helps. I’ve made some of the “clean” version of kids favorite foods and they ate them up so going “clean” shouldn’t be a problem since its close to what I do anyway I just wanted to be sure it would give their little bodies all the vitamins and nutrients they need eating clean. Again, thank you for the resources to help me be confident in cooking clean for my little family through this site.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      JessicaR – My pleasure! There’s no better way to get your nutrients than by eating real foods! I wish you all the best. πŸ™‚

  151. Hi Tiffany! Sorry to bother you. Can you tell me what makes the trisuits unclean? I’m trying to read all labels when I shop now and would have purchased these. Is it the soybean oil i should avoid? Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nicole – Yes, the soybean oil is highly processed and also a GMO. Also, crackers like these are usually pretty highly processed in general. One way to figure it out is to look at the source. If it’s a company that is owned by a huge corporation, you can pretty much bet it’s not clean. There are always exceptions, but it’s usually the case.

  152. I am new to this, and plan on starting this weekend when I can make it to the store. I am a vegetarian, and currently buy frozen veggie
    patties made by Morning Star as well as other “meatless” meats in the frozen section. Are these considered clean? You site is great! I have been researching clean eating a lot and this is the best site I have found so far. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Susie – Thanks, and welcome! πŸ™‚ I’m sorry, but those prepared products are very processed, so they are not clean.

  153. Hi
    Im new to this and was wondering about things such as soy sauce, fish sauce etc?
    Many thanks

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Georgia – I’ve never cooked with fish sauce, so I’m not sure about that. You can post the ingredients here and I’ll take a look if you like. As for soy sauce, if it’s organic and preferably low sodium, it should be fine. The non-organic stuff is made of GMO soy. So it’s not clean.

  154. Thank you so much for this! I am learning so much today by reading your website! Things I thought were clean are definitely not. Haha! I’m still learning and trying to figure out ways to work everything in. I will say I made your apple pies and blueberry pies for a friends party and they were a HUGE hit!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lauren – Thanks so much! Totally made my day to hear that everyone liked the pies. πŸ˜€

  155. Ok I just have a few questions.
    I’ve been studying your blog for a few weeks, trying to really get a better idea of clean eating before I do any real shopping. However there are a few things I was wondering about.
    My family eats lots of spaghetti/raviolis as it’s usually very quick and easy to make. I already got a pretty good idea on the different things to add to it to make it more clean, but what I’m having trouble with is the sauce. I might have missed it, but Is there a clean spaghetti sauce? Or is there different alternatives to perhaps making my own sauce from scratch?
    Also, I work at Target so I primarily do my grocery shopping there. Recently we’ve come out with a new line of products that are “organic” and supposedly better for you. I’ve tried reading the labels but I still have no idea what I’m doing in that area. I’m not sure if you’ve done any shopping there recently but do you know how clean any of these products are? Or what’s the best way to check for myself? I’m on a very limited budget and a lot of these organic products are very cheap compared to where I’ve seen them other places, but it seems a little to good to be true. Any input on that?
    Thank you, and thanks for all the pointers they have been so very helpful for me!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jennifer – I have several spaghetti sauce recipes here on my blog and have another coming up soon. It’s always cheapest to make your own. The store brands that are clean tend to be on the pricier side. Somewhere between $6 – $8 a jar in these parts.

      Organic does not equal clean. You could technically make an organic Twinkie, but it would still be a highly processed Twinkie.

      Here’s an article I wrote on how to read labels. I hope that will help:

  156. This is a wonderful list thank you for putting it together! Only thing I wanted to say is that it is okay to buy things with GMO’s in them that will not hurt you. I have been a farmer all of my life I am studying agriculture in college and my father sells seed to other farmers. They are simply used to increase the plants outcome as well as protect the plants. If we use the GMO seeds then we will not have to use pesticides and herbicides which are applied by spraying. The more spraying we have to do the more chance of run off. This is what can be harmful to the environment. So if we take care of the problem by genetically modifying we avoid causing all the pollution from spraying. I just wanted people to be a wear of these facts because I love to eat clean and this website was so helpful.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      BrookeN – Thank you. But I will have to respectfully disagree. There is proof now that shows that in many cases, you have to spray even more pesticides than with regular seed. GMO’s have not been proven safe, and I don’t care to be a guinea pig for Big Ag. Let them go the extra mile to prove it’s safe, THEN I’ll consider it. But from what I’ve seen so far, I’m not convinced. GMO’s create super weeds and all kinds of issues including what these large companies do to small farmers overseas. It’s not right. Never mind the GMO salmon they are now trying to add to our food supply. Thankfully, large grocery chains are now vowing to not sell GMO salmon, and large stores like Whole Foods are working to get GMO’s out of their entire grocery supply. I take great comfort in that. There is nothing wrong with regular seed and some studies show that organic crops produce a higher yield than GMO crops. I tend to side with nature as it knows far more than we humans do. We’ve gotten this far on natural seeds and I see no reason why we cannot continue with it. Claims that GMO’s can feed the world have been proven false and the truth is, feeding the world has little to do with the amount of food produced and far more to do with how it is distributed. So I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. Just my two cents.

  157. Janean Hastings says:

    Hi Tiffany-
    Thanks so much for your wonderful information. I am just getting started and one of the hardest challenges for me is finding clean breads that my kids will actually eat/like. They complain that they like the white bread much better and seem closed minded. They say it is much softer and taste better to them. Any suggestions?
    Thanks much-

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Janean – I would try the sandwich bread on my blog, or even easier, start with a flatbread (like naan) or even a soft pretzel. All of these are in my bread section in the recipe index.

  158. Janean Hastings says:

    Thank you so much! I will check those out.

  159. Hi, Is corn clean? I am slowly trying to learn I LOVE your site btw!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Khadijah – Depends. If you’re talking about fresh, organic corn, then yes. It’s clean.

  160. Hi I was wondering about veggie noodles. My husband (and me to) don’t like wheat pastas (although we like wheat bread). I can’t recall the ingredients but the brand was Veggie Delight is one brand and I think there is another I just can’t recall. One of the brands looked clean to eat but I just can’t recall. I like to use them as they don’t have a weird taste to us and if it actually does help with vegetables intake then that’s one way to get my husband to eat more of them lol. My little one and I have no problem eating vegetables so it’s a pain to find a common ground without having to make separate meals and having a tight budget.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Natsumi – I really don’t know as I’ve never heard of them. But if you can post a link to the ingredient list here, I’d be happy to take a look for you.

  161. Is tofu allowed? I am a vegetarian, and I sometimes like getting my protein from somewhere else besides beans! πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Maunalee – It is, but be sure to buy organic to avoid GMO soy. That is definitely not clean.

  162. MBurnette says:

    I am really enjoying searching around your website and pinterest pages. My husband and I (both in mid 40’s) are looking to improve our health and eating is at the top of our list. Are there any tips you can share with empty nesters that are working 50+hrs a week that will help us keep on track with meal prep and planning? Lunches may be the most challenging due to hectic work schedules. Thanks much!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      MBurnette – Welcome! I have three sections on my blog that may help, all of which are in the Recipe Index listed at the top of my site. I highly recommend a slow cooker so you can choose recipes that will cook all day while you’re at work. I don’t have a ton of long-cooking recipes, but this is something I’m working on. The meatloaf is a good one to start with as it cooks for 10 hours. I have a “Grownup Lunches” section as well that I will be adding more to shortly. I would also check my Freezer Meals section for items you can stash in your freezer for quick, grab-n-go lunches or even convenient dinners. I hope that helps!

  163. I was reading through the grocery list and saw that the lower the fat in store bought milk, the more processed it is. I always thought skim or 1% was a good choice as a part of a healthy diet. My family drinks a fair amount of milk so organic may be a bit expensive. What are your thoughts? I am really trying to learn more about eating clean. It’s a slow process since not everything we eat now is clean.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rachel – Milk comes out of the cow with all it’s fat. They have to process it heavily to remove that fat. So whole milk is the better option by clean eating standards. Even if it’s not organic. The truth is, unless you buy raw milk, there is going to be some processing involved. There’s no way around that. So you just have to buy the best you can afford.

  164. Hello, I tried to read as much of the comments as I could to see if you’ve already addressed this, but are there any “clean” sauces or such of the type to use on chicken? I want to eat cleaner, but I have a hard time with vegetable (will by trying home-made smoothies for that problem) and I don’t want to cut out meat entirely. But plain chicken all the time just tires me out and makes me more apt to eat unhealthy things. So any recommended sauces or spice combinations that are good for chicken on brown rice?

  165. Hi, I am researching clean eating and plan to start with my family very soon but it’s very confusing at first. I am concerned about cheese. What is ok and what isnt? Anything pre sliced or should I stick with blocks only?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rachael – It’s best to stick with blocks and grate or slice them yourself. I’m not sure on the sliced cheese, but I know the grated stuff has anti-caking agents added.

  166. I have been scouring the websites for a simple clean eating list and now I have found one thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica – My pleasure!

  167. Bonnie Dewkett says:

    I find that once you stock up and know what you need, it’s easier and cheaper as the weeks go on. Plus, I hen buy whatever I can online or in bulk to save money. I buy a lot of quinoa and chia seeds at once and divide them up into Mason jars.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bonnie – Yes! It does get cheaper once you know what you need. I think a lot of folks only see the cost of the start up. But even that is doable on a budget.

  168. My nine year son was diagnosed with chronic migraines and was told to try non processed foods. I need help with it so we can do it together, also he has a peanut and tree nut allegery. So where should i start. Please help!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – For the nut allergy stuff, I recommend the Peanut Allergy Mom blog. She’s a good friend and you can feel free to email her if needed, through her blog. The thing is you have to understand ingredients with a nut allergy. There are many that some would never even think are nut related. So her blog is a good place to start. As for unprocessed, I have a section of my blog for recipes that have no nuts added. But it would be up to you to ensure that the specific ingredients you buy are nut free. I hope that makes sense. You are dealing with two totally separate issues and you have to figure out how to combine them safely. It’s probably a good idea to speak with a dietitian in your area.

  169. Hi! Do you have a post about ingredients to watch out for? We’re trying to go clean, but some ingredients confuse me. Does added salt make it…not clean? Do you call that dirty? Ha. But ingredients like xantham gum and stuff like that is what I need help on.

  170. Christin C says:

    Hello and thank you so very much for posting all this information. I just recently started eating clean(about a week ago) and my brother and sister-in-law have been eating this way for the bad 4 months. I have to say, I was a bit overwhelmed at first. My brother advised that I eat all plant based whole foods. However, do you have any recipe recommendations? I am terrible at coming up with ideas. Also, do you ever worry about portions control or making sure you get a specific amount of protein, veggies, fruits etc… or do you just eat what you want when you are no longer hungry? Thanks

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christin C – I have a vegetarian and vegan section in my recipe index if that’s what you mean? And yes, portion control is a part of any eating plan if the goal is to lose weight. But the best way to find balance is to simply look at your plate before you eat. Are all the macro-nutrients present and accounted for? Do you have a clean carb, protein and fat? Do you have a good balance of veggies? That’s how I look for balance. I’m not a medical professional though. If you need something more specific you would want to speak with a dietitian.

  171. Hay i have noticed quite a few comments about sugar alternatives i have swapped sugar for honey. I have found that i dont need nearly as much and im starting to get used to the flavor in my tea. But what is the best alternative especially in baking? Also is making my own bread a good idea as im in the UK and we dont seem to have the brands mentioned above?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kylie – I’m sure there are breads you can buy over there that are clean, I just don’t know the brands. But until you find one, baking your own bread is always an alternative. As for what’s best in baking, that totally depends on the recipe and what flavors will go well with what you are making.

  172. I’m just starting this trend of clean eating. Fed up with reading about the crazy harmful things getting put in grocery stores and my children and family’s bodies. How do I started? very timid but eager at the same time.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mary Tui – Start by reading through some of these articles. ( Most people get overwhelmed in the beginning, so it’s best to educate yourself as much as you can before you ever go shopping. When I started, I replaced a few ingredients per shopping trip so that it wouldn’t be overwhelming for me or my budget. It will make things easier on your family too. Hope that helps!

  173. Thank you for the list & adding some explanation to the content as well.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Heather – My pleasure!

  174. So excited to start my journey into clean eating! I just heard about this yesterday and this has helped me so much as to where to start! Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jacque – Welcome! I’m so happy it helped! πŸ˜€

  175. I did find at WAL-MART, 100% Maple Syrup. Yes, it is down the cereal aisle.

    Maple Grove Farms Organic 100% Pure Maple Syrup, it comes in a glass container.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kay – Fantastic!! πŸ˜€

  176. Amy Wright says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to give out such valuable information. Your site was one of the first ones that I read a few months ago after deciding to make a lifestyle change. I have recently started my own blog and recommended your site to others who have decided to eat real food. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – Thanks so much! And welcome! πŸ˜€

  177. Catherine Bender says:

    Thanks for talking about how to choose organic fruits and veggies. My store has a great selection of both but I’m a teacher (I.e. – poor) so I can’t really afford all organic. I also didn’t know that soy may not be that great. I take an over the counter supplement that has it so I will look for something else. Thanks again – your site has great stuff!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Catherine – Thanks! I’m happy this was helpful in some way! πŸ™‚

  178. Michelle Smith says:

    Hi, I am new to trying clean eating. I do the Ezikeil bread, brown rice, and unsweetened almond milk. My question is, are there any foods that will tame my sweet tooth that are quick and easy to make, or are there any clean sweet treats I can buy?

    Thank you

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – We all have preferences, but usually a true sweet tooth is there because you feed it. The best way to overcome that is to avoid sugar. Fruit is always your best option, but you can certainly make a lot of clean treats at home. It’s tough to find things that are sweet AND clean at the store. I have a ton of dessert recipes here and many of them are pretty simple to make. You can find them here: . If you love ice cream, keep sliced, frozen bananas in the freezer that you can blend in a food processor with other fruits for a quick ice cream. But above all, don’t let the switch overwhelm you. Take it slow and easy. You don’t have to make the switch overnight. But you do have to make very conscious decisions on a regular basis about what you will change next and then actually make the change. I promise, the less you feed that sweet tooth, the less it will rear it’s ugly head. You can do this!!

  179. Connie Cotter says:

    Daisy Regular Cottage Cheese has only 3 ingredients and tastes amazing. (Ingredients: Cultured skim milk, cream, salt). My local grocery store sells out quickly so I generally buy 3-4 at a time. Unopened it will last for weeks.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Connie – That’s great to know! Thanks so much for sharing that! πŸ™‚

  180. Are green pimento olives clean? I know there are red bell peppers inserted & vinegar, but not sure what else.
    Thank you.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashley – I wouldn’t stress over it. I would think they are, but without reading the ingredient list, I can’t say for sure. On the other hand, how many do you really eat in a day? I wouldn’t sweat the small stuff too much unless you plan to eat a whole jar. Hope that helps!

  181. Eric Harding says:

    I was looking at the ingredients on the back of French’s Yellow mustard and there is only distilled vinegar water, #1 grade mustard seed, salt, turmeric, paprika, spice, natural flavor and garlic powder. There is no sugar at all and looks like nothing bad. Would you consider this clean?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Eric – For the most part yes. It depends on how “die-hard” you want to be. The “Natural Flavors” and “spice” are always suspect because they can put a lot of garbage in there under those labels. But everything else is clean. It really comes down to how much mustard you think you’ll be eating. If you have it once in a blue moon with a turkey burger, I wouldn’t even think twice about it. But if you eat it multiple times per day, you may want to try another brand. It’s kind of a crapshoot and totally dependent on how strict you want to be. That being said, there are mustards on the market that are totally clean and they aren’t too hard to find. So it also depends on how much you like that particular brand.

  182. When you mention brown rice, does black rice fall into the clean category also?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Carolyn – Yes, black rice is clean. It’s a whole grain. πŸ™‚

  183. Hello

    Why should cartons of egg whites be avoided?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Paula – They don’t usually function the same way in recipes. At least in my experience. It’s also hard to measure out just one or two egg whites. That, my doctor told me it causes hair loss. But I have nothing to verify or back that up.

  184. Devit Clark says:

    Wow, that is the best idea about clean eating shopping. I read your blog and find a great idea about your blog. Thanks

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