Use the tips below to create a heart-healthy grocery shopping list.


  • Choose a variety of fresh fruits and veggies
  • No sodium added or low sodium canned beans & veggies
  • Plain frozen veggies and fruit
  • No sugar added dried fruit (raisins)


  • Plain brown rice, quinoa, or whole-wheat pasta
  • Lower added sugar cereal (Total, plain Cheerios, Wheaties, etc.) and oats


  • Meats with loin or round in the name like pork tenderloin
  • Salmon and tuna (look for canned tuna packed in water)
  • Reduced sodium chicken or turkey deli meats
  • 90% lean ground beef
  • Skinless chicken and turkey
  • Ground chicken or turkey
  • No sodium added canned beans and lentils


  • Olive, canola, avocado oil
  • Lightly salted or unsalted nuts
  • Peanut butter, cashew butter, sunflower butter, etc.
  • Avocado

Dairy/dairy alternatives

  • Reduced fat milk
  • Reduced fat cottage cheese and cheese
  • Reduced added sugar Greek yogurt
  • Unsweetened soy milk

Heart Healthy Meal Ideas

Try these recipes that use ingredients from the heart-healthy grocery list to make a quick but nutritious meal.

Vegetable barley soup (pair this soup with a whole grain roll and a serving of fruit)

Southwest slow cooker chicken (Add this chicken to a salad, whole grain wrap, or serve over quinoa with vegetables)


Written by BWS Dietitian-Melissa Morningstar Vajas RD, LD

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