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25 Must-Haves For Your Clean-Eating Grocery List

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STEPHANIE ECKELKAMP

You already know what types of clean ingredients you should be loading into your fridge, freezer, and pantry to give yourself endless meal and snack options—but what about specific brands? No one wants to wander around the grocery store aimlessly or spend hours scrutinizing food labels. So, we’ve rounded up some solid clean picks for oils, vinegars, spices, organic meats, dairy products, sustainable seafood, and grains—and they’re all ones you can actually find at your local supermarket. No special trip to Whole Foods required.

Pacific Organic Free Range Chicken Broth

pacific organic free range chicken broth

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A perfect combo of seasonings makes this broth taste just like homemade. It’s an ideal base for soups and risottos, or a great way to sauté veggies without oil.

Simply Organic Spices & Seasonings

simply organic spices

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No reason to worry if your herbs and spices are tainted with pesticides when you buy from this brand.

Sir Kensington’s Ketchup, Mayo, and Mustard

sir kensington mustard

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We couldn’t choose just one! Sir Kensington’s is known for taking the condiment game up a notch—products are Non-GMO Project Verified, low in sugar, and made with healthy expeller-pressed oils.

Eden Organic Garbanzo Beans

eden organic garbanzo beans

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This brand does canned goods right. Not only are these garbanzos organic, but they’re packed in a BPA-free lined can, so you can feel good about tossing these onto salads, blending into hummus, or baking them into a crunchy snack.

King Arthur 100% Organic Whole Wheat Flour

king arthur flour

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Not only do you get an extra dose of fiber when you opt for whole wheat over white, you get a robust, nutty flavor that can’t be matched.

Bionaturae Organic Whole Wheat Pasta

bionature pasta

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When you’re shopping for a whole wheat pasta, make sure the first (and preferably only) ingredient is whole durum wheat. This one fits the bill. Bonus: Each serving packs 7 g of protein! (Here are 9 of the healthiest pastas you can buy.)

Colavita Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Colavita Organic Balsamic Vinegar

Colavita does Italian staples right. The brand’s organic olive oil is perfect for drizzling on salads and lightly sautéing veggies, while its balsamic works wonders in a vinaigrette or simmered down to a sweet reduction.

Nutiva Organic Refined Coconut Oil

nutiva coconut oil

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This refined coconut oil has a higher smoke point than virgin coconut oil—up to about 400°F—and a neutral taste, making it suitable for all types of dishes.

Dave’s Gourmet Hearty Marinara Sauce

dave's marinara sauce

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The only sauce you’ll ever need—this blend of vine ripened tomatoes, olive oil, and garlic works wonders on everything from spaghetti and meatballs to pizza to grilled veggies and chicken.

Organic Valley Eggs

organic valley eggs

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Unless you know someone who has a farm, organic eggs are about as good as it gets at the grocery store. The hens that produced these were fed a diet of organic grains and plants, and given time to roam outdoors where they could spread their wings and forage.

Maple Hill Creamery Greek Yogurt from 100% Grass-Fed Cows

maple hill yogurt

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Sure, Greek yogurt is great, but yogurt from grass-fed cows is our gold standard. Like Michael Pollan, we operate under the philosophy that you are what you eat eats.

Silk Unsweetened Almond Coconut Blend

silk almond milk

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Non-dairy milks can be great, but many original varieties pack unnecessarily high amounts of sugar. Not so with this blend, which also happens to be free of the controversial additive carrageenan.

Applegate Uncured Organic Sunday Bacon

applegate sunday bacon

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Alright, it’s not a health food, but bacon sure does make weekends and most recipes (hello, butternut squash soup with crispy crumbled bacon!) a little brighter—especially when it’s made from organically raised pigs.

Wyman’s of Maine Fresh Frozen Mixed Berries

wyman's berries

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Frozen berries are a smoothie lover’s best friend. These ones are frozen at peak ripeness and free of added sugars, so you can feel confident they pack just as much nutrition as fresh—but for way less cash.

Wild Planet Canned Seafood

wild planet canned fish

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We’re kind of in love with Wild Planet products, so we couldn’t just choose one. The brand’s tuna, sardines, anchovies, and salmon are all top picks.  Compared to many conventional brands, Wild Planet uses only sustainably sourced fish, and its canning process preserves more health boosting omega-3s.

Bell & Evans Organic Chicken Products

bell and evans organic chicken

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Factory-farmed meat is not your friend—avoid it by going for brands like Bell & Evans, which offer certified organic whole chickens, breasts,thighs, legs, wings, and more.

Nasoya Organic Extra Firm Tofu

nasoya tofu

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You don’t have to be freaked about your tofu containing genetically modified soy when you opt for this organic brand. We like the extra firm variety, which sucks up marinades and holds up great to grilling.

Kerrygold Grassfed Butter

kerrygold butter

PHOTO BY STEPHEN HAMILTON

This may just be the most delicious butter on the planet. Because it’s made with milk from grass-fed cows that were free to roam in lush Irish fields, one tablespoon packs 10% of your daily value of vitamin A!

Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is awesome in salad dressings, soups, and even swigged straight up! (Seriously, it can help keep blood sugar levels stable and curb cravings). We love Bragg because it’s made from organic apples and it’s raw—meaning it retains its health boosting enzymes and nutrients, like potassium.

Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
Don’t limit oatmeal to the cereal bowl—these rolled oats are delicious as savory dinner sides when paired with the right spices, added into pancake mix for some extra texture, and even morphed into energy bites when combined with peanut butter and raisins.

Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain Bread
We know, bread is so passé, right? Whatever, we still enjoy a goodavocado toast now and then. (Try making bread out of broccoli. Seriously.) Opt for a loaf that’s chock full of nutrients, like this one that’s made with six different grains and legumes—all sprouted, which may help you absorb their micronutrients more easily.

Smucker’s Organic Peanut Butter
Peanut butter should be simple. And this one fits the bill, featuring only two ingredients: organic roasted peanuts and a touch of salt. (

Crofter’s Organic Just-Fruit Spread
This spread features organic strawberries and is sweetened with white grape juice—no high fructose corn syrup in sight.

Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour
Want to boost the protein, fiber, and overall health cred of your baked goods? (Check out these alternative flours!) Simply sub in some almond flour—blanched, pulverized almonds—for nutrient-poor all-purpose flour.

Artisan Bistro Wild Salmon with Pesto  
There comes a time when even the most dedicated home cook is too tired to make dinner. That’s why you should keep your freezer stocked with a few Artisan Bistro meals, featuring certified organic veggies and sustainably sourced seafood or meats raised without antibiotics. And yes, microwaved salmon is still totally delicious.

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