Eating smart for your heart starts at home. But how do you know what to stock up on to keep your meals heart-healthy? We’ve compiled a guide to help you plan your next grocery trip to stock up on nutritious foods that can help you and your family stay healthy – and satisfied at the dinner table.

10 Pantry Essentials

  • Dinner starters: Dried beans, low-salt canned items like beans, tuna and salmon
  • Rolled, steel-cut or Irish oats
  • Brown rice, wild rice and/or brown basmati rice
  • Whole wheat pastas
  • Reduced-sodium chicken, beef and vegetable broths
  • Plain popcorn or light (98% fat -free) microwave popcorn
  • Reduced sodium canned diced tomatoes, whole tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • Assorted raw nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds)
  • Olive oil
  • Dried herbs and spices

10 Fridge and Freezer Essentials

  • Fresh seasonal fruits
  • Fresh colorful veggies
  • Fresh green veggies
  • Frozen veggies
  • Milk alternatives like soy or almond milk
  • Egg whites or egg substitutes
  • Low-fat yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese
  • Lean ground turkey or lean ground beef (the less marbling, the lower the fat content)
  • Assorted fish like salmon, tuna, tilapia, etc.
  • Skinless chicken or turkey