Having a weekly menu is helpful when you are planning your shopping list. Before heading to the store it is always a good idea to check your refrigerator for existing items. It is also helpful to avoid shopping on an empty stomach.

Here are a few shopping items that are helpful to plan your nutritional diet:

  • Prenatal vitamins.
  • Folic acid.
  • Fortified, whole grain breakfast cereal.
  • Whole grain bread and/or crackers.
  • Fruits, fresh or canned (apples, peaches, melon, berries, oranges, grapes, tomatoes).
  • Calcium-fortified juices.
  • Dried fruits.
  • Dark green leafy vegetables (spinach, lettuce, kale, turnip greens).
  • Vegetables (potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, peas, green beans, cabbage).
  • Low-fat or skim milk.
  • Low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese.
  • Hard cheeses (cheddar, mozzarella).
  • Lean beef or chicken, turkey, fish, and/or eggs.
  • Tofu (bean curd).
  • Lentils, kidney, great northern, navy beans, pinto beans, split peas.
  • Peanut butter or other nuts.
  • Rice or pasta.