You Should Create a “75 Favorite Healthy Foods” Master List

Posted June 19th, 2019 by admin and filed in Blog

1st, a special announcement….

We’ve been working hard on an eBook we’re creating called Organized Eating. I say we because my fiancé Nate has volunteered to occasionally help write for the blog (this blog!). Nate reads a ton and has a killer memory and therefore probably knows as much about healthy eating as me.  So welcome him aboard as an occasional writer and at the very least contributor/editor/moral supporter!

Anyways, back to Organized Eating….

We’ve been hard at work creating this eBook that has the potential to help a lot of people save time and eat better.  The eBook will be released sometime in the next few months and it will be absolutely free, no e-mail sign-up or anything will be required. Its going to be AWESOME my friends!

While putting together a section of the book about strategic meal planning, we decided to make a list of our ultimate favorite healthy foods.   We posed the question: “If we could eat/drink nothing else for the rest of our lives besides 75 things, what would they be?”  AND…here’s the catch…they must be considered healthy (by someones definition at least).

I have posted the results below and I encourage you to create a list of your own.  Sit down and write it with the people you cook for- trying to shoot for 75 items.  It’s a great list to have on hand as a personal resource; use it as your base of reference when you sit down to plan meals.  Or take it to the grocery store and buy lots of stuff off it –  try to eat it all before anything goes bad (using common sense!).

Here is our list (excluding herbs & seasonings):

  1. carrots
  2. milk (soy or reg)
  3. cantaloupe
  4. tuna (troll or pole caught only, from US or B.C.)
  5. wild salmon
  6. sardines
  7. grass-fed beef
  8. Sriracha sauce
  9. quinoa
  10. brown rice
  11. tamari
  12. chicken
  13. lamb
  14. romaine lettuce
  15. turkey
  16. hazelnuts
  17. onion
  18. eggs
  19. yogurt
  20. butter
  21. extra virgin olive oil
  22. cheese
  23. parsnips
  24. spinach
  25. tomatoes
  26. strawberries
  27. blueberries
  28. avocado
  29. garlic
  30. shallots
  31. almonds (and processed for almond butter/milk)
  32. banana
  33. potato/sweet potatoes
  34. chia seeds
  35. black beans
  36. coconut/coconut water
  37. walnuts
  38. pinto beans
  39. whole oats/oatmeal
  40. kale
  41. kombucha
  42. tea
  43. coffee
  44. beets
  45. oranges
  46. grapefruit
  47. blackberries
  48. raspberries
  49. dark chocolate
  50. lentils
  51. chickpeas
  52. pine nuts
  53. sweet peppers
  54. hot peppers
  55. sunflower seeds
  56. sun-dried tomatoes
  57. pistachios
  58. coconut oil
  59. whole-wheat bread (esp sprouted!)
  60. grapes
  61. beer
  62. cherries
  63. red wine
  64. asparagus
  65. green beans
  66. watermelon
  67. artichokes
  68. cucumber
  69. pears
  70. pluots
  71. honey
  72. squash
  73. celery
  74. red snapper
  75. dates

(notice how we cleverly said the all inclusive “squash” instead of zuke, butternut, or pumpkin.  You can find clever ways to cheat on the 75 things limit too if you want)

I know I’m going to remember some favorites that I left off here, so don’t hold me to this list forever.  You can look at updated versions whenever you want at  Feel free to try and talk me into adding something to my list if you want, but make sure to also mention what I should remove in the process!  (haha, tricky stuff right!)

###updated 4/22 – since I first ran this piece, I have removed celery and cucumber and added water and broccoli (thanks Jess).

So, are you considering making a list?  Think your family’s input will give you greater confidence to cook for that picky kid/husband/wife of yours?  Do you think it would make meal-planning easier for you?  Tell us in the comments.

It would be really fun if you created your own list and blogged about it!  If you do, give us your link in the comments so we can check it out.

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(photo by Rennett Stowe)

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