Health + Fitness

20 of the Best Foods for a Healthy Kitchen

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The type of foods you stock up in your pantry and refrigerator can make or break your health and fitness goals. If you want a healthy kitchen, here are some of the best foods that should be on your grocery shopping list.

1. Milk like low-fat cow’s milk, skim milk, fortified soy milk, almond milk, or goat’s milk

2. Fresh fruits like apples, avocados, bananas, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, grapes, grapefruits, lemons, mangoes, oranges, papayas, pineapples, strawberries, and watermelons

3. Fresh vegetables like asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumbers, kale, onions, peas, potatoes, red bell pepper, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and winter squash

4. Fresh herbs and spices like basil, Chile peppers, chives, cilantro, cinnamon, dill, ginger, mint, parsley, saffron, sage, rosemary, thyme, and turmeric

5. Low-fat yogurt or non-fat Greek yogurt

6. Canned foods like olives, pinto beans, salmon, sardines, and tomatoes preferably all-natural or with the least amount of sodium

7. Whole grain foods like bread, crackers, and pasta

8. Oatmeal

9. Quinoa and brown rice

10. Eggs

11. Boneless chicken breasts

12. Lean meats

13. Seafood like anchovies, Atlantic mackerel, clams, crabs, mussels, octopus, oysters, salmon, sardines, shrimps, and squid

14. Nuts and seeds like almonds, cashews, chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, peanuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and walnuts

15. Nut butters like almond butter, chai sesame butter, peanut butter, and sunflower seed butter

16. Dried fruits

17. Dark chocolate

18. Extra-virgin olive oils and healthy cooking oils like canola, corn, safflover, and sunflower

19. Honey

20. Vinegars like apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, white vinegar, and white wine vinegar