The Best Groceries for Healthy Eating + A Mediterranean Breakfast Pizza

The Best Groceries for Healthy Eating and A Mediterranean Breakfast Pizza

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This week, I was talking to my friend from school, Emily, who was telling me that she wanted to get started with cooking, but she didn't know what ingredients to buy. This inspired me to write a post on what I consider essential ingredients to have at all times to make the most versatile, flavorful and healthful dishes.

My Essential Grocery List For Healthy Eating:


It's really important to include complex carbohydrates in your diet. Studies have shown that the Atkins Diet is actually bad for your heart, so buy some whole wheat/whole grain carbs, and enjoy them guiltlessly, just don't go overboard. However, I don't mean white, refined and processed grains. Those are an absolute no-no. White grains=sugar=fat=diseases! Only go for brown, whole grain or whole wheat products.
  • Brown Rice: Great to have around because you can throw anything in it, and you can put it in salads. Quinoa can also be used.
  • Whole wheat items: Whole wheat bread, whole wheat tortilla, whole wheat pasta (although I prefer brown-rice pasta, which is gluten-free for all you Celiacs).
  • Beans: My favorites, and most versatile, are black and garbanzo. And I love lentils. Beans are a great source of non-animal protein (they won't raise your cholesterol), a great source of fiber, and they are really cheap! They're only about $2 a can.

Vegetables are my favorite food group. They make any boring dish exciting, and they are also the healthiest (low calories, high vitamins and fiber). This means I can eat lots and lots of vegetables without ever worrying! For those of you with lachanophobia (fear of vegetables, new word!), it's probably because you haven't been preparing them right. You don't have to eat them plain to enjoy their benefits. Vegetables add a lot of flavor to food, and you have to eat them in order to be healthy, so you might as well make them tasty. 
  • Onions: I am extremely liberal with my onions. I use them in anything I can because they're so damn flavorful. Onions help ward off diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer. 
  • Tomatoes: Good for every style dish (Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Californian etc.). 
  • Greens: Kale, spinach, arugula, you name it! The darker the better (nutrition-wise, but taste-wise in my opinion also).
  • Lemon: Vitamin C! But also great to use as a flavoring for rice dishes, pasta, and salads. It keeps you from using fatty sauces or dressings.
  • Garlic: Adding garlic to anything immediately makes it taste better. Garlic also has tons of health benefits. It boosts your immune system, regulates blood sugar levels, lowers blood pressure... the list goes on.
  • Hot Sauce: This one's not for everyone, but I personally live for hot sauce, and I think it can add a lot of flavor to your food, even if you just add a splash!
  • Olive Oil: One of those good fats everyone is telling you to eat. I mainly cook with it, but it's also good for salads. Use it in moderate quantities to be heart healthy!
  • Eggs: I'm a strong advocate for eggs. There has been a lot of controversy about eggs and cholesterol, but the general scientific consensus is, if you have no cholesterol issues, an egg a day is extremely beneficial to your overall health. Eggs with Omega-3s will also boost your mood! Great source of protein, low in calories and really easy to switch up. I eat one almost every morning (or I'll sometimes have egg whites). 
  • Cheese: My guilty pleasure. I usually go for low-fat cheeses, or cheeses in small(ish) quantities. There have been studies done that people who ate small amounts of cheese lost more weigh than those on a same calorie diet with no cheese. 
  • Greek Yogurt: If you haven't had Greek Yogurt yet, START NOW. Although it is really tasty as a yogurt, especially with fruit, I rarely use it as just a yogurt. It works great as a substitute for heavy cream, mayos and sour cream. I'll add it to pasta sauce, use it in a Mexican dish, or make my own dressing, sauce or dip with it. Greek Yogurt is amazing!

I think that covers it. I could also add Oatmeal to the list. If you're not eating eggs for breakfast, then I would definitely suggest oatmeal. I have also recently fallen in love with savory oatmeal, and I have been using it as replacement for rice or pasta, but I'll do a separate post on that later!

Keep in mind, I consider all these foods the basics. Supplement your kitchen with other vegetables, mixed grains, healthy snacks like popcorn, and try to have chicken and fish once or twice a week.

Now onto the yummy stuff. This dish is one of my favorite easy breakfast recipes. If you are all out of healthy breakfast ideas, why not try a pizza! What is a healthy breakfast? For starters, it should have a good amount of protein and fiber to keep you full throughout the day. It should also be your biggest meal of the day, as you will burn the most calories after eating it, since you have the full day ahead.

The best part about this healthy breakfast is that it incorporates the healthiest diet--according to scientific research--the Mediterranean diet. And what is a Mediterranean diet? It's one that includes heavy intake of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, and fish, with moderate intakes of cheese and other meats. 

Recipe of the Day! Mediterranean Breakfast Pizza
(inspired by my dear mother)


100% Whole Wheat Middle Eastern Flat Bread (Trader Joes)

A couple of grape tomatoes, cut up

Chopped Onions

A handful of kale

Mushrooms, cut up

Cheese (I used Trader Joes Low Fat 3 Cheese blend and Fat Free Feta)

1 Egg

1. I began by sprinkling the 3 cheese blend over the flat bread (I usually like to spread goat cheese on it instead, but I didn't have any this time.)

2. Then after the vegetables were all chopped, I put them on the flatbread and stuck it in the toaster oven. I usually put the kale down first and carefully place the rest on top.

I originally put it in at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, but I think you could go up to 375 or 400. I left it in for about 15 minutes, give or take 5 minutes depending on the strength of your oven.

I know it's ready when the kale is a little bit crispy, the onions are soft and the cheese is bubbling.

3. While the flatbread is baking, fry an egg!

4. Once the flatbread is ready, plop the egg on top, and you're all done! I like to keep the yolk runny, but of course you do as you like!

I like this dish because it keeps me full for awhile, and it's really balanced. You get protein from the egg and cheese, and the complex carbs and fiber from the flatbread keeps me full for much longer than if I eat just an egg dish. Plus, there are a ton of vegetables and greens on it for added fiber and vitamins, but the best part is, it tastes delicious!