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{ Shop } My Food Shopping List For Healthy Meals #inspiringmumsfit

Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my shopping list for healthy eating. This is purely a guide and example of what I buy to make the recipes I make and enjoy, my hope is that you do too. 

Changing your diet and fitness regime may have a negative impact on your health, please see your health professional before changing your current health and wellbeing lifestyle. I am not a nutritionist or health expert, I'm a mum, this is food I like to eat and it is based on some of the improvements I am making on my overall wellbeing. Having food intolerances and training for a bikini fitness competition has led me into making some changes and my recipes are the result of that.

I try not to have cheat food simply because it makes me feel sick and quite frankly, I'm sick of feeling sick! 

Let's go shopping! :)

{1} Before Shopping...

First, check your fridge & cupboards...

  • There's no point spending money on food more than you need, so check to see if you already have it. As you go, make a list of what you need to restock.
  • This quick check will give you the opportunity to look at what has gone bad and I usually give the fridge a quick wipe over with antibacterial wipes before I put new fresh food in there. It's amazing how in just a week or two the fridge can get spills and bits around it from the food.
  • The list below is not for every single week or every single shop. For example, a bag of nuts may last a month, so I wouldn't buy them each fortnight. Most perishables I will buy each fortnight (sometimes restock in a week ie. bananas.
  • I have a very small family fridge/freezer so I can't stock a lot of fresh food and meat plus meal prep containers and the rest, so I do my best to get as much I can fresh to fit.

{2} Where I Shop...

{ Note: I'm not endorsed, paid or sponsored by any of the companies I mention, I will always disclose this information if I am. If they DO want to pay me I won't say NO of course! ;D }

  1. ALDI - This is my first choice for grocery shopping, the products are more times than not better than what I can get in the other major chains and for usually half the price! I always find myself doing quick short shops at IGA, Woolworths (Safeway) and Coles, usually out of convenience. By doing this I was spending $50+ more per week than I needed to. I always find myself coming back to Aldi every fortnight and I'm glad I do because it is a hell of a lot cheaper! My fortnightly shop is around $260 for the entire family not just my healthy food (it could be even less if I was really being more strict I could get it down to just under $200).
  2. SUNRISE CHICKENS - This small farm has a direct to the public poultry and meat store which is much cheaper to buy my chicken meat from. Find your local poultry farm and see if they have a direct to the public store, you should see some savings there. I would spend about $60-80 per month.
  3. WOOLWORTHS/SAFEWAY - I usually only go to Woolies if I can't get what I need from Aldi, it is usually a special product like the specific pull up nappies for my boy, fruit & veg I can't get or other products I simply can't get from Aldi. Sometimes I will go there because I'm in a hurry or with the kids and it's simply convenient to get what I need if a small shop for milk and bread (for them).
  4. COLES - Just like Woolies, Coles is usually for my convenience as it is near my daughter's school, so I usually only go there for top ups like milk and bread or to get special items that I can't get from Aldi.
  5. IGA/RITCHIES - Usually only get the basics from this shop, sometimes special items I can't get from Aldi, as it is close to our home, it's usually the place I go to top up on milk and bread if I need it.  

{3} Shopping List...


  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Mushrooms
  • Corn
  • Ginger
  • Green Beans
  • Snow Peas
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Asparagus
  • Capsicum (red, yellow, green)
  • Gourmet Lettuce (bagged)
  • Baby Spinach (bagged)
  • Rainbow or Tri-Colour Salad Mix (bagged)
  • Kale Salad Mix (bagged - I don't use the salad dressing just the mix get this from Woolies)
  • Cherry Tomatoes/Cherry Tomato melody (multi coloured)
  • Avocado (if not $5 a pop that is! If so, I make one avocado last at least 3-4 meals)
  • Roma or Truss Tomatoes
  • Bok Choy (if available from Aldi)
  • Red Cabbage (if available Aldi)
  • Alfalfa, Mung Beans, Bean Sprout mix (Woolies)
  • Sweet Potato (Yams)
  • Potatoes (I rarely eat potatoes now)

Note: I no longer buy fresh garlic or onions as I can't eat them.

Fresh Herbs

  • Chives
  • Lemongrass
  • Coriander (Cilantro)
  • Mint (sometimes)
  • Green Basil/Thai Basil
  • Continental Parsley (sometimes)
  • Chilli (Small = Hot or Large = Mild)


I found this handy Seasonal Fruit Guide to check fruits available at certain times of the year.

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Lemon
  • Kiwifruit
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches
  • Grapes
  • Passionfruit

Meat, Poultry, Seafood & Eggs

  • Porterhouse or Eye Fillet Steak (Aldi)
  • Pork Fillets (Aldi)
  • Skinless Fillet Chicken Breast (Sunrise Chickens)
  • Salmon Fillets (frozen from Aldi)
  • Barramundi Fillets (frozen from Aldi)
  • Tins of Tuna (Springwater/Olive Oil - Aldi's brand is nicer than the John West from Woolies)
  • Bacon (rindless middle bacon in bulk)
  • Smoked Salmon (Aldi or Woolies)
  • 24 Eggs (Sunrise Chickens)

Fridge & Frozen

  • Three vegetable mix (corn, carrot, peas)
  • Milk Zymil (lactose free I'm not 100% dairy free)
  • Butter (lasts several months use sparingly)
  • Nutellex (for my kids)


I keep this to a minimum as much as I can, my rule is this; 

"if it's in a packet I try not to have it! " ~Hbomb

Some items it can't be helped though of course, here are a few:

  • Mixed unsalted nuts/pepitas (lasts a month)
  • Pine Nuts (lasts a month)
  • Cacao Powder (lasts over 3 months)
  • Black & White Quinoa (lasts over 3 months)
  • Wholemeal Cous Cous (lasts over 3 months)
  • Black Chai Seeds (lasts over 3 months)
  • Coconut Sugar (lasts over 2 months)
  • Fine Desiccated Coconut (lasts over 3 months)
  • Flax seeds (Flax seed info - last over 3 months)
  • Basmati Rice (large bag lasts 5-6 months)
  • Arborio Rice (lasts at last 6 months)
  • Sushi Rice (lasts at least 6 months)
  • Brown rice portions (1 tub gives me 2 carb portions)
  • Seaweed sheets (lasts a month or so) 
  • Chickpeas, Kidney Beans/3 Bean mix
  • Coconut Milk/Cream
  • Coconut Syrup (only just bought this will last months)
  • Large round rice crackers (lasts months) 
  • Better Than Cream Cheese (dairy alternative - Tofu - Woolies)
  • Olives (Kalamata & Green)
  • Sauerkraut (Fermented Cabbage - lasts a while)
  • Capers
  • Pickled Ginger
  • Wasabi
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Light Soy Sauce
  • Rice Crumbs (lasts months)
  • Quinoa Flour (lasts months)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Poppy seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Coffee/tea
  • Jalapenos

Dried Herbs & Spices

  • Turmeric
  • Chilli Flakes
  • Peri Peri Seasoning
  • Cayenne Pepper (Hot)
  • Black Cracked Pepper
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Sage
  • Mixed Herbs
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Nutmeg
  • Cardamon Pods
  • Bay Leaves
  • Sea Salt
  • Paprika
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Allspice
  • Garam Masala 

{4} Supplements...

Current Supplements

  • Whey Protein Powder WPI - one per day usually post workout with 20g of carbs (sweet potato) 20 minutes after the protein (as advised by my PT).
  • BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids) - I have this as a pre-during-post-workout to help with muscle development and recovery as it has very low calories and I have reduced the whey protein shakes to one per day.

{5} What I Don't Or Can't Eat...

  • Dairy; cheeses, cream, milk, yoghurt, ice cream
  • Bread,Pasta, cereals - pretty much most if not all gluten based products
  • Sugar, Chocolate, lollies, honey (not because I don't like them either!)
  • Processed foods (no more than 4 ingredients)
  • Dried fruits (dates/apricots/sultanas)
  • Garlic & Onion
  • Some soy products
 Photo:  Ryan McGuire

Photo: Ryan McGuire

So there you go a pretty full list of what goes in my trolley, cupboards and fridge mainly focused on what "I" eat, not so much for my entire family, simply because they don't eat what I eat all the time! It's not a complete list and I know I have forgotten a few things. But essentially you have a great start to putting together REAL MEALS IN REAL TIME just like me!

Enjoy! x Hbomb

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