The Ultimate Grocery Shopping List: Foods You Should Always Have on Hand

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It’s always nice to have a new and interesting variety of groceries available to you when you want to prepare a meal for yourself or your family, but there are certain things I like to always have on hand for those days when I just need to go into the kitchen and whip up something quickly, or for the days I just don’t feel like making what I planned to.

Of course you don’t have to have every single item, pick and choose what you like, but it’s good to have a good idea of core staples:

Produce:

  • beauty detox produceSpinach
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Celery
  • Kale
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Lemons
  • Green and purple cabbage (for the Probiotic & Enzyme Salad, salads, coleslaw, or wraps. I’m kind of obsessed with it.)
  • Collards (great for wraps!)
  • Avocados
  • Limes
  • Carrots
  • Sprouts
  • Zucchini
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Squash (these and the sweet potatoes last up to a few weeks, so I always keep them around and if I’m in a bind I just bake them for an easy meal)
  • Cucumbers
  • Mushrooms
  • Parsley

Always make sure you have the ingredients necessary for your Glowing Green Smoothie (and feel free to mix in different greens and fruits if you see something that looks interesting, but never use melons in it). You’ll be drinking lots of it, and it’s good to have around in those moments when you’d be tempted to go out and get something less healthy. Drinking your smoothies and munching on raw vegetables will take the edge off your hunger while you prepare your dinner. Buy as much organic as you can, but at least buy the foods in the Dirty Dozen organic.

Spices, Herbs, Etc, for Extra Flavor:

  • beauty detox herbsCumin
  • Turmeric
  • Coriander
  • Curry
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Cayenne
  • Black pepper
  • High-quality sea salt
  • Garlic
  • Raw apple cider vinegar (just buy a bottle and it will last for ages)
  • Unrefined coconut oil
  • Salsa
  • Cilantro
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Low-sodium tamari
  • Nutritional yeast (a great source of B vitamins and it gives foods a cheesy flavor without dairy!)
  • Vegetable broth
  • Stevia (powdered, liquid, or both)
  • Ginger
  • Maple syrup or coconut nectar

It’s amazing what you can do with a well-stocked spice cabinet and some fresh herbs on hand! No matter what kind of dish or good desserts you’re craving, if you have a collection of spices and other items to flavor your food with, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to take care of any craving in a healthy, low-fat way (no need to order in and get a meal full of grease!).

When sweet cravings hit, you can make Chia Seed pudding with your stevia or coconut nectar, plus cacao and almond milk. Yum!

Nuts and Seeds:

  • beauty detox nutsSunflower seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Pecans

You don’t need all these nuts, but it’s nice to have a variety. You can store them in your freezer.

There’s so much you can do with seeds and nuts, and all it takes is a little bit to fill you up. You can pulverize sunflower seeds with mushrooms (or walnuts, as in my Raw Gorilla Tacos and Raw Taco Mexican Salad mixture) and spices to make a meat mixture, sprinkle pumpkin seeds on a salad to give it some crunch without croutons, or add chia seeds and water together to create an egg substitute in a dish you’re making. A small amount of these Beauty Fats are all you need to give you glowing, supple skin.

Grains, Bread, and Legumes:

  • beauty detox grainsQuinoa
  • Millet
  • Oat groats or steel-cut oats
  • Lentils
  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Gluten-free bread/wraps

I love that you can buy a lot of grains and legumes in bulk at some stores. It’s such a better deal, and then you’re all set for a while. You can use them as fillers in wraps, put them on salads, toss them with veggies  in a pan, or, in the case of the oat groats or steel-cut oats, make a hearty dish after your GGS, if you are transitioning or get up really early and want something to chew, that will carry you through lunchtime. Buckwheat is good in smoothies or pancakes, and gluten-free bread is always good for slapping a sandwich together when you only have a few minutes before you need to leave the house (or if you need to hurry up and pack something to take with you).

Snacks, Foods You May Crave, and Energy Boosters:

  • beauty detox sweetsCacao powder (for Happy Cow Vegan Hot Chocolate and desserts)
  • Bee pollen
  • Spirulina powder
  • Dark chocolate bars (dairy-free)
  • Gluten free crackers, like Mary’s Gone Crackers

These are a few of the extras you can keep around for cravings, energy, sweets (chocolate, anyone?), or days when you think your nutrition could use a little more of a boost (especially in the case of spirulina—mix some with coconut water to help get through the day). I love bee pollen mixed with a tiny bit of coconut oil when I want a little boost. It’s super-nutritious and increases energy, sans caffeine. It doesn’t hurt that it tastes good, too.

Dairy, Egg, and Meat Substitutes:

  • dairy substituteCoconut milk
  • Almond milk
  • Tempeh
  • Ener-G Egg Replacer

If you feel like your life revolves around meat, dairy, and eggs and you’re not sure how you’ll survive without them (or even with less of them!), take comfort in the fact that there are so many ways around those cravings. Not only can you make your own meat substitutes with seeds, nuts, vegetables, and spices, but tempeh also works for a meaty texture in your foods. Of course, Portobello mushrooms are also a great add.

Goat cheese can still be somewhat clogging and acidic to the body, so it’s best to only have it in moderation, but it’s still better than regular cheese. Switching to the Beauty Detox lifestyle won’t feel like you’re giving up much at all. There are substitutes for the things you love, and you’ll feel so much better when you get rid of most, if not all animal products in your diet.

Drinks:

  • shutterstock_106732814Coconut water (not from concentrate!)
  • Sodas flavored with stevia (Zevia, Blue Sky Free, etc) if you’re just starting out and fear giving up soda may be your downfall
  • Organic herbal teas (no caffeine)

If you pretty much drink plain water or water with lemon all the time, this category may not apply to you. If you’re just starting out, you may find that you really enjoy those sodas that replace your high-fructose corn syrup or aspartame disasters for a while. You shouldn’t drink them forever, but they’re a step in the right direction. Another tip: coconut water is great to mix with spirulina powder to make the spirulina go down more easily than it would in plain water.

Of course, there are other items you’ll need if you really want to experiment with a lot of the Beauty Detox recipes, so fill in the gaps where you can when you’re doing your meal planning and grocery shopping. Don’t feel like you have to buy all of these at one time, either. For example, buy some of your favorite spices and they’ll last for a long time. Each time you go to the store, pick up one or two more. Decide which produce you’ll need for the next few days and only buy that since it will go bad, then replace those necessities on your next trip (always make sure you’re all stocked up on your leafy greens!).  Also, take a peek into my freezer for “emergency” items I always keep on hand!

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34 Responses to “The Ultimate Grocery Shopping List: Foods You Should Always Have on Hand

  1. now that’s a great health-packed list! gotta have to print and keep it in the kitchen. Grains and bread may be easy for storage. Almond milk though, never thought about that one, thanks!

  2. I live in Scotland, UK difficult to get the products and also have the book but you obviously not aware of PMS?THE different types of effects on my body mind and food. Lost all my teeth due to Bulimia and also full blown AIDS
    YOU can get the idea of my life and different types of help with diet
    U should help with your site those who have health@diet needs
    Lorna

  3. Hello,

    Thank you so much for sharing with us. It’s great idea to have most of them for our heathly needs. Those foods are so useful. May I have a question to ask: which brand of coconut milk should we all get for drinking or making something? Hope to hear from you soon.

  4. Hi, I’m curious to know your thoughts on this I quit sugar craze in Australia at the moment, I understand the the reasoning for artificial sugars but excluding fruit also I’m not sure , also this diet encourages dairy and meat, is fruit that detrimental to our health? Would love to hear your thoughts

    • hi Sharon,

      I also read this ebook before I discovered Kimberly’s approach and her books. My personal opinion is to always follow what Kimberly says! Fruit is on the planet to eat; I’m sure it would be hard to find peer reviewed journals or scientific data about not consuming fruit because of the sugar content. The reason why the author suggests eating dairy and meat is to quell sugar cravings and satisfy hunger. To answer your questions more clearly, Kimberly ‘s first book has all of the answers as to what sugars are bad and why as well as the negative effects on dairy and meat. Hope this helps!

  5. This is an excellent and really cuts down on the confusion of what to eat. I love how your book compares the appropriate human diet to that of primates. Since I’ve started eating strictly vegan and in appropriate pairings I’ve easily dropped 10 lbs and found my ideal weight with more muscle mass than ever. Thank you!

  6. Thanks for this extremely helpful post Kimberly! And thanks for including the brand of gluten free crackers that you recommend because I have always struggled to find a good brand.

  7. Hi Kimberly,

    I was wondering what your take is on using xylitol instead of stevia as a sweetner? I have heard both good and bad things about it and want to know if it is safe to use.

    Thanks

  8. I love this eating lifestyle, I feel better than I have felt in years! I have been recommending it to all my family and friends. My last doctor appointment & blood work was amazing to my doctor , coming off blood pressure & cholesterol medicine!!!!! I am 54 and feel better than I did at 30! Thank you so much!

  9. Is kombucha ok to drink? If so, is there a time of day to avoid drinking it? And how much is safe to drink per day? My apologies if this question has already been asked.

  10. Nice list. My kitchen is usually stocked with nearly everything on the list. I have never seen “wraps” in Jerusalem, but perhaps some day.

    In Israel, we eat a lot of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. I notice t hat you do not include these in your list. I suppose that, along with potatoes (and tobacco!!) you are avoiding the “Solanum ” family? Here, we avoid them only if they cause arthritic conditions.

    What is “Ener-G Egg Replacer” made of ?
    thanks,
    Rahel

  11. Kimberly……..love green drinks! Live in Rhode Island and trying to start a green drinks in pubs n java cafes! Im out of work and trying to get me and others healthy! without ending up in the homeless shelter!1 I’m trying to win and save money for a Vitamix! Our local bar has a Vitamix to make frozen drinks! Trying to marketing your green drink in that Vitamix besides frozen pina coladas and mud slides!! Any advice please I would so appreciate it!! In need to start a venture!

  12. Hi Kimberly

    If I wanted to have a personal consultation with you, what is the best way to do this? Additionally, I need great assistance with issues related to thyroid, hair loss, memory issues and afternoon dozing needs.

    Thanks.

    Angela

  13. Great list! Thanks for sending. Is it true that soaking nuts and seeds will reduce their fat content by nearly half? I heard that recently, but of all the raw and/or vegan recipe books and advocates I follow, no one had mentioned it. Any insight you can give? Thank you for all you do to keep us living healthy and inspired!

  14. What a great list! I would love to see it in an easy to copy format so I can copy it and send it to my phone. That way I’ll always have it when I’m at the grocery store or farmers market. Thanks!

  15. This is a crazy question but something I have worried about. I ordered my unrefined coconut oil before thinking about it. I also ordered two 54 0z ones……not thinking about the weather. It is 100 degrees here….if it is left in delivery trucks….and I know it will be. Will it ruin the goodness of my coconut oil? I am bummed that I did not think of that and wait. Thank you for any help you can offer with this.

    • Hi Joanne,

      One of the best things about coconut oil in comparison to other oils is that it has a high tolerance for heat (high smoke point) compared to other oils that are naturally liquid at room temperature. It’s normal for it to get soft and liquefy when it is kept even slightly above room temperature. It’also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties as well that helps boost it’s integrity. It should be perfectly fine in transit – just store it in a cool dry place when you get it!

      Erika – fellow Beauty Detoxer

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