List of Healthy Food

260 Healthy Foods to Eat on a Whole Food Diet

Here's a list of healthy food to help you add variety to your whole food diet. Print it. Put it on your refrigerator. Use it as a grocery list. Never get bored with your menu again!

My mother had been telling me for years that I had a dairy sensitivity. Back in 2008 during my run on the vegan diet, I proudly announced to her that I had cut dairy out of my diet.

She promptly replied, "Great! Now, you need to cut out gluten."

Me: "What?! If I don't eat dairy, and I don't eat gluten, what else is left?!"

If you're wondering the same thing, here's a list of healthy food to help you add variety to your whole food diet.

Of course, all items are in keeping with the healthy eating guidelines:

  • Whole foods,
  • Gluten free, and
  • Dairy free (except raw, unpasteurized dairy)

I've also included some supposedly healthy foods to avoid: foods that are usually touted as healthy but really aren't.

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  • How to select and store produce items,
  • Nutritional information and health benefits,
  • The best places to buy specialty items,
  • Recipes,
  • And even how to grow your own food.

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Print out this list and stick it up on your refrigerator. Use it as a grocery list or an idea generator to get out of "the same old food all the time" rut.

Experiment with your food. Try a new food each week. There are 260 items on this list: enough options to last you a couple years!

Liven things up! Mix and match. Try new combinations or a new preparation technique you've never tried before. Let your imagination run wild.

Bottom line: There's much more available than bread, pasta, and cereal. There's a whole world of whole foods out there waiting for you to come in and explore it.

Make your food exciting, and you'll make it easy to stick to a healthy, whole food diet.

And if you've got kids, show them there's more to healthy eating than rabbit food. You'll be giving them healthy habits to last a lifetime.

This list of healthy food contains whole foods commonly known in the United States. I categorized and alphabetized it for you.

Do you live outside the United States? Know of a local, whole food delicacy not on this list? Let me know, so I can add it to the list!

List of Healthy Food: Vegetables

Artichoke
Asparagus
Beets
Bell peppers
Broccoli
Broccolini
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chilli peppers
Chinese cabbage
Cucumber
Eggplant
Fennel
Green Beans
Green Peas
Jalapeno
Jicama
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Mushrooms
Onion
Parsnip
Peppers (Both sweet and hot)
Potato
Pumpkin
Radicchio
Radish
Rhubarb
Rutabaga
Shallots
Spinach
Squash
Sweet Potato
Tomatillo
Tomato
Turnip
Water chestnuts
Yam
Zucchini

Healthy Foods to Eat: Greens

I kept greens separate from the rest of the vegetables to give you a quick reference just for greens.

Alfalfa sprouts
Arugula
Beet Greens
Bok Choy
Broccoli rabe/raab
Carrot Greens
Chard Greens
Collard Greens
Cos Lettuce
Dandelion greens
Endive (Chicory)
Green leaf lettuce
Kale
Mustard Greens
Red leaf lettuce
Romaine Lettuce
Sprouts & microgreens
Swiss Chard
Turnip Greens
Watercress

List of Healthy Food: Fruits

Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana
Blackberry
Blueberry
Boysenberry
Cantaloupe (Muskmelon)
Cherries
Coconut
Cranberries
Currants
Figs (fresh or dried)
Grapefruit
Grapes
Guava
Honeydew
Huckleberry
Kiwifruit
Kumquat
Lemon
Lime
Mandarin
Mango
Mulberry
Nectarine
Orange
Papaya
Passionfruit
Peach
Pear
Persimmon
Pineapple
Plum
Pluot
Pomegranate
Pomello
Prickly pear
Prunes
Raisins
Raspberries
Star fruit
Strawberries
Tangerine
Ugli Fruit
Watermelon

Healthy Foods to Eat: Superfoods

Acai berry
Acerola cherry
Barley grass
Bee pollen
Cacao (cocoa, chocolate)
Camu camu
Chia seeds
Chlorella
Goji berries (Wolf berries)
Hemp seeds
Lucuma
Maca
Mangosteen
Maqui
Noni
Spirulina
Wheatgrass

List of Healthy Food: Nuts & Seeds

Almonds
Brazil nuts
Cashews
Chestnuts
Flax seeds (Linseeds)
Hazelnuts (filberts)
Macadamia nuts
Peanuts
Pecans
Pistachios
Pumpkin seeds (Pepitas)
Sesame seeds
Sunflower seeds
Walnuts

List of Healthy Food: Legumes

Aduki beans
Adzuki beans
Black beans
Black-eyed peas
Cannellini beans
Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)
Kidney beans
Lentils
Lima beans
Mung beans
Navy beans
Pinto beans

List of Healthy Food: Meat, Poultry, and Seafood

Beef – organic, grass-fed
Lamb
Pork
Chicken
Duck
Turkey
Cod
Fish
Halibut
Lobster
Mackerel
Muscles
Salmon
Sardines
Scallop
Shrimp
Tuna

List of Healthy Food: Non-gluten Grains

Amaranth
Buckwheat
Oats
Quinoa
Rice

Healthy Foods to Eat: Herbs & Spices

Anise
Basil
Bay leaves
Black pepper
Capers
Caraway seed
Cardamom
Cayenne pepper
Cilantro (Coriander)
Cinnamon
Clove
Cumin
Dill
Fennel
Garlic
Ginger
Horseradish
Lemongrass
Marjoram
Mint
Mustard seed
Nutmeg
Oregano
Paprika
Parsley
Peppermint
Poppy seeds
Rosemary
Sage
Salt – unrefined sea salt or himalayan salt
Thyme
Turmeric
Vanilla Bean

List of Healthy Food: Miscellaneous

Apple cider vinegar
Carob
Coconut oil
Cod liver oil
Fish oil
Honey
Krill oil
Matcha green tea
Olives
Olive oil
Stevia

Fermented foods:

  • Cabbage (sauerkraut)
  • Cucumbers (pickles)
  • Kefir
  • Kimchi (or Kimchee)
  • Kombucha
  • Miso

Raw dairy:

  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Yogurt

Sea vegetables:

  • Dulse
  • Kelp
  • Nori
  • Wakame

"Healthy" Foods to Avoid

Coffee
Corn
Soy beans & soy products (tofu, soy milk)

Gluten grains:

  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Wheat (bulgur, durum, spelt)
  • Triticale

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