Meet The Expert: How to do Smart Grocery Shopping


Don't you hate it when you go for your weekly shopping and then you have forgotten half of the things you've actually needed? It happens to me all the time! Especially now while we're experiencing the Covid Crisis is not ideal to go to the shops all the time. 

That's why I've asked the fabulous nutritionist Huguette Lelong to share with us the perfect shopping list which will help us have variety with our meals and will also help us eat healthier:

As we're spending more time at home with our families, lets make the most of it and enjoy a nice and easy meal with our loved ones.

 One thing I always tell my clients is to do a bit of planning so they dont end up eating pasta every night, dont get me wrong I love pasta but not every night!

So what shall you have in your cupboards to be able to eat a balanced and nutritious diet if you are stuck at home and cannot go out and buy fresh food on a daily basis?

 Here is my shopping list: 

In your cupboards on top of olive oil and vinegar always have:

- cans of tuna, sardines and or mackerels, anchovies.

- cans of chickpeas and beans (the ones you like, rinse them well before using or you can buy the dry version, even better!)

- tomato sauce (check the ingredients you dont want any added sugar) & tomato paste

- lentils, quinoa, brown & basmati rice, barley, couscous, polenta and of course pasta!

- oat (perfect for breakfast or little treats)

- flour, sugar, aluminium free baking powder, 70% chocolate chips (well the ingredients you need to bake bread, biscuits or cookies)

- a jar of preserved lemons; great to add a bit of taste to your dishes.

- spices and dried herbs, they will save you from boredom!

- nuts & seeds, ideal for a healthy snack, but dont overindulge!

- garlic, onions and/or shallots, potatoes, carrots

- coffee, tea & herbal teas

Dont forget some chocolate (70% cacao minimum)  



 In your fridge:   

organic eggs, sun-dried or semi sun-dried tomatoes, tasty pitted olives, capers, parmesan cheese, mustard, marinated artichokes, goat cheese feta, halloumi cheese, plain whole milk yoghurt.


In your freezer:  

peas, edamame, kale, spinach, green beans, or broccoli, berries, mangos or any fruit you like, some dough, sliced good quality bread, beef minced meat, chicken thighs/ legs, whole chicken and wild fish (buy fresh and then freeze).


Done! You're ready to enjoy nutricious and delicious meals with your family!



By Huguette Lelong

Passionate Nutritionist & Food lover