+ Well Nourished ⎮10 Tips For Healthy Grocery Shopping 

10 Tips For Healthy Grocery Shopping 

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – healthy living is a lifestyle, not a diet. The first important step towards adopting a healthy lifestyle is to stock your fridge and pantry with wholesome, nourishing foods. If you don’t buy processed, nutritionally void foods, then you and your family are less likely to eat them.

My top 10 tips for healthy grocery shopping will help to get you started….

1. Now more than ever, there are so many dietary philosophies. But what ever your persuasion, first and foremost think SLOW food. That is Seasonal – Locally grown – Organic (if possible) – Whole (un-refined) foods. These are the foods that serve you and your families health best. You can read more about why SLOW food is SO important and why it is the core of my food philosophy here.

2. Shop at your local farmers market which is where you will find the best quality, in season fresh produce (often at the very best price). Best of all you can often try before you buy and this is a fantastic way to get kids interested in and trying new foods. An idea I love, is that the kids get to pick a ‘new’ fruit or vegetable each week and it’s your challenge to come up with a delicious way to eat it.

3. If you’re shopping at the supermarket, spend most of your time on the periphery. That is, the majority of your produce should come from the outer isles – fresh fruit and veggies (70-80% of your shop), meat/dairy if you eat it and toiletries. Spend as little time in the middle aisles as possible.

4. Get to know your butcher. Make sure the meat you buy is organic or 100% grass fed and finished, this is the healthiest choice. Avoid feedlot or grain-fed meat. Also, don’t overlook cheaper cuts of meat which are often the tastiest and most nourishing. For more on choosing the very best protein, click here.

5. Try to shop with a list and never shop when you are hungry. Stick to what’s on the list and avoid impulse buys that you will later regret. This is easier achieved on a full stomach! If you find this tough, perhaps consider online shopping.

6. Also shop additive smart and avoid foods with a lengthy ingredient list. If you don’t recognise an ingredient, chances are, nor will your body. Real food doesn’t have ingredients, real food IS ingredients.

7. Think about buying in bulk and stock up on sale items. Ordering dry goods like nuts, seeds and gluten-free flours in bulk is a great way to save money on these often expensive items. It is a lot cheaper than buying packet by packet at the supermarket (often organic bulk foods are even cheaper than non-organic supermarket packets). Perhaps investigate joining or setting up a co-op in your area.

8. Please include as much variety in your shopping as possible. Variety increases the amount of nourishment you derive from your diet and reduces the risk of developing intolerance. Try a range of wheat-free grains and seeds in your diet such as quinoa, amaranth, millet and chia. Mix up the types of fruit, vegetables and protein you eat each meal.

9. Also develop a shopping system. For example, a once a week trip to the farmers market, once a fortnight for the supermarket and once a month bulk nut/seed/flour order (I shop here). This saves time, money and sanity!

This is my exact shopping routine but develop a system that suits you. I can’t tell you how many patients I have worked with who tell me they have no time for cooking a healthy meal, yet they spend time shopping almost daily.

My healthy and comprehensive pantry list may help some of you, click here to check it out.

I buy all of my nuts, seeds, flours, gluten-free pasta, grains and legumes from HERE.

10. Make sure you get your kids involved in shopping. Even toddlers can help out with shopping for food and doing so, will educate them about food and motivate them to try new foods. Choose age appropriate tasks like picking the biggest potatoes or counting how many apples go into the bag and have fun with it. You may be surprised how less stressful shopping with toddlers is when they are involved in the process. I have more tips for getting kids involved and interested in eating healthy food here.

Lastly, only buy what you want to eat – if you keep mostly whole foods in your home, then that’s what you’ll eat. I hope this overview helps you to streamline your health plan. I’d love to hear from you, can you add something that works for you and your family. Any questions for me? Post a comment below.


All of the content here at Well Nourished is FREE to assist you to be the healthiest you can be.  But you can help me to build a healthier world, please  Share this post with a friend Share this post with a friend.

You can also support my work by purchasing my ebook “Rise and Shine” – more details HERE or “The Well Nourished Lunchbox” – more details HERE.

10 tips for healthy shopping

  • Diahann

    Thanks as always for your posts Georgia! Can you recommend a good butcher on the Gold Coast please?

  • Thanks Diahann. I shop for organic meat at my local farmers market (Palm Beach Curumbin on Saturday morning). Kingswood butcher on Palm beach ave is also good (but not organic) and Gold Coast Meats in Mermaid Waters and Benowa G x

    • Diahann

      Thanks so much 🙂

  • SamaraK

    Any recommendations on where a good place to buy nuts/seeds/ flours in bulk is? Thank you for all you great work!

  • You’re welcome. I buy my bulk nuts and seeds from Santos Organics in Byron Bay. They deliver Australia wide and I find there product amazing quality, freshness and at a great price. G x

    • Samara

      Thanks very much. I just bought your lunchbox ebook and can’t wait to try out some of the recipes. Again, appreciate your information and love your recipes 🙂

      • You’re very welcome and appreciate your support, enjoy G x

Kind words…

“I downloaded your ebooks after hearing you speak at the Health and Wellness Summit in Melbourne. Love them, life changing… Don’t stop! Thank you for getting the whole food message out there, I certainly heard it.” Melanie

“I love your ebooks, I have all three of them now and they are now my only go to receipe books. They are simple, wholesome and taste great. THANK YOU!!! I have spent alot of money on courses about healthy eating and recipe books but your books have covered it all and my little man enjoys the snacks etc. Wish I would have found you earlier “. Brooke

“I just want to say a huge thank you for your amazing website and information. I’ve never liked cooking and never got excited by my ‘healthy’ cooking. My husband is even worse and if he could, he would just eat beacon and eggs every morning and steak every night. He hardly ate any veggies. Since I found your website I have gone through almost every recipe. My husband is loving every meal as well – even meat free Monday, and he’s taking left-overs to work for lunch (honestly, who thought that could be so hard?!)” Rose

“You have truly helped me and my family to lead a healthier lifestyle. I’ve been referring to your page every few days, very inspiring, so thank you!” Emily

“Thank you very much for your awesome website & facebook page posts, you have motivated & inspired me heaps!” Fiona

“Just discovered your site 3 weeks ago, its been a great help with kids lunches for back to school, thanks so much!” Ange

“What a fantastic blog filled with so many great recipes and information!” Carla

“I just wanted to let you know that you have absolutely inspired me to a better way of eating, I’ve been making my shopping lists based on recipes you’ve shared and am educating my kids with the reasons behind different foods and why they are good etc! This page has become my little bible hehe! Thank you so much for all the detail you give. It’s absolutely wonderful!” Sky

FREE Newsletter

Register to receive:

  • FREE Chocolate Ebook
  • Weekly whole food recipes
  • Practical health and nutrition tips
  • Subscribers only special offers

Sign up for our Newsletter

* indicates required