In the face of countless diets, health fads, and supplements, it can be hard to decide what to eat to support your fitness goals. But if you’re trying to figure out how to build a healthy habits, the answer might be simpler than you think.
While eating different types and colors of fruits and veggies is the best way to ensure you get a variety of nutrients, you’ll still reap benefits if you play favorites. “When people put [food recommendation] lists together, they’re too clever and try to give you surprising foods or exotic foods because they don’t want it to be mundane,” says sports nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald, author of Racing Weight and Diet Cults. “But the problem is, eating is something you have to do three times a day every single day. There’s something to be said for foods that are functional and support athletic performance, but you want them to be familiar, affordable, and accessible,” he says.
To make things easier for you, we’ve rounded up the best foods in a healthy grocery list you can jot down and take with you to the store. Then stock your kitchen up to have good-for-you foods and delicious meals whenever hunger strikes.
Read some of them here. (The list may say it is for cyclists, but there’s a lot of good info on there even for those of us who don’t ride out bikes that much!)