Eating HappyHealthyNoms Food Checklist (with Pictures)

Today is the first of a weekly mini-series on Tidbit Tuesday called “Eating HappyHealthyNoms!” 

I will be posting many healthful hints and helpful info! By the end of the series you will know to eat a healthy, nutrient-dense, plantbased diet

This week I have a list of must-haves for your pantry and fridge to start you on your way to eating HappyHealthyNoms!

Take this list on your phone with you when you go out shopping

For printer-friendly version click here.

Don’t have most of these? That’s okay! Ease into your new plant-based diet, and buy a few items a week!

Where do I shop?

HappyHealthyNoms Shopping List:

BOLDED ITEMS indicate must haves!

Veggies:  Your New Favorite Section of the Grocery Store!

  • Spinach
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Frozen Veggie Mixes (Stir Fry Veggies or some kind of Veggie Medley with Broccoli)
  • Avocado 
  • Mixed Greens
  • Baby Carrots
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Cucumbers
  • Your favorite kind of tomato!
  • Baby Portobella Mushrooms
  • Green Onions 
  • White Onions
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • White Potatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Zucchini


  • Bananas
  • Frozen Blueberries
  • Frozen Strawberries 
  • Or Frozen Mixed Berries
  • Raisins
  • Lime
  • Fresh seasonal fruits! (My favorite, but it can get pricey. I try to buy one or two a week.)
  • Lemon
  • Organic Apples
  • Frozen Cherries
  • Frozen Mango
  • Dried Figs
  • Dried Apricots
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Dried Blueberries

Beans: (Switch it up! Buy two a week, changing it week by week!)  

Use canned or dried beans!

  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas/Garbonzo Beans (same thing)
  • Kidney Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Black eyed peas

Nuts and Seeds:   

  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax Meal
  • Almond Butter
  • Pumpkin (pepita) Seeds
  • Hemp Hearts
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios 
  • Cashews
  • Sesame Seeds


    Superfood Staples:

    • Cacao Powder
    • Cacao Nibs
    • Coconut Flakes
    • Acai Powder (a MUST have for Acai Bowls/Smoothies)
    • Goji Berries
    • Golden Berries
    • Mulberries
    • Spirulina
    • Matcha Powder
    • Carob Powder
    • Powdered Peanut Butter (or fresh ground Peanut Butter)

    Protein:  NO fake meats (unless you’re having a hard time transitioning!)

    • Tofu
    • Tempeh

      Dairy-free Items:  

      • Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk
      • Coconut Milk
      • So Delicious Coconut Yogurt
      • Daiya Cheddar Slices*
      • Daiya Cheddar Shreds*

       *Fake Cheeses are processed and not exactly healthy, but I had the hardest time giving up cheese–so, for now I like eating this as a cheat sort of food

      But, if your hardest thing to give up is cheese, or meat–then fake products are okay for now, as you adjust to your plant-based diet!


        • Nutritional Yeast
        • Onion Powder
        • Garlic Powder
        • Paprika
        • Soy Sauce
        • Fresh or Ground Ginger
        • Cumin
        • Chili Powder
        • Rice Vinegar
        • Coconut Milk (canned)
        • Siracha




        • Coconut Oil: the only oil you need!
          • Supplements:

            Other things:  My bestie, your new bestie: Vitamix!

            • Vitamix (or high speed blender or food processor)
            • Mason Jars 
            • Stop using plastic! Get glass bowls!
            • Measuring Cups and Spoons
            • Brown Paper Bags
            • Non-stick pans
            • Wooden spoons
            • Strainer
            • Parchment Paper
            • Electric Tea Kettle

                Until next time, remember: Have your veggies and eat your HappyHealthyNoms too!


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