Healthy Foods: What to Buy

Navigating the world of grocery stores, natural foods stores, co-ops, farmers markets, and farm stands can be intimidating. With all the variety and competing health claims, how in the world can you pick the healthiest foods?

You may have noticed that I’ve been systematically trying to answer those questions for you over the past four months. Each month I’ve featured a post on a particular food group and detailed how you should prioritize your food choices based on what’s available to you. So far, I’ve written on choosing the healthiest eggs, milk, cheese, and meats.

I’ll keep adding to the series. But in the meantime, I’d thought I’d create an index of the Healthy Foods: What to Buy series so that you can easily refer back to all the posts as I keep adding them.

If you have a topic you’re dying to know my take on, please feel free to ask me in the comments to this post. I’ll be happy to do the research, write a post, and add the post to this series.

And, now, I present the ever growing list of Healthy Foods: What to Buy:

Hope you enjoy, and have a great Labor Day weekend!

(photos by woodleywonderworks,and


  1. says

    Your blog has been such a help to me as I am reading Nourishing Traditions and The Maker’s Diet and becoming an advocate for Slow Food. I love being able to have a “real” food perspective! I just updated my blog with your food renegade photo and I have it linked back to the “basics” page of your blog… Thank you for all you do, and if you get a chance – be sure to visit my blog.
    .-= Meagan

  2. Elizabeth in Alaska says

    Since I am finding Real Cheese to be particularly difficult to find here in Alaska, I’ve decided to start making my own raw milk cheeses. I am looking forward to the challenge!

  3. says

    Thank you for compiling the list for this real food newbie. :) I look forward to your post on seafood. I’m embracing the lifestyle change but it can be very overwhelming! And extremely difficult to find these foods. The next step I’m taking is returning to making all my family’s bread but I’ve never soaked the flour before so could use some recipes or tips on converting my recipes. (no allergies or sensitivities here) What are the healthiest breads?

  4. says

    This is a really fantastic reference — and it’s a good primer to re-read when my immediate desires (cheap pork chops!) outweigh my consience. Thank you so much!
    .-= Melissa

  5. says

    I just wanted to thank you for this thread. I’m a huge health freak, and I always have trouble picking out the exact right groceries I need. It’s hard to know these days, too, with all the chemicals, additives, and everything.

    Again, thanks–you’re a fantastic source of info for healthy eaters.
    .-= Edmund Mokhtarian´s last blog post …Cannoli at Mike’s Pastry =-.

  6. says

    Great list – it does get confusing shopping these days. Another great topic would be healthy oils – there are so many different kinds and it isn’t easy for the non natural health guru to keep all the different Omega’s straight. (I just heard about Omega-9! yikes not another fatty acid to learn about)

  7. says

    Regarding sea food, the best places are always the ones closest to source. So head to the docks, harbours or river towns to find the freshest seafood.

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