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Sample Grocery List

Grocery shopping can be a real challenge for people with type 2 diabetes. Hundreds of choices and tempting promotional end caps can turn a quick run to the store into an overwhelming quest. But don’t worry, the experts at Level2 are here to help! Next time, try our sample grocery list to make healthy choices while limiting stress.

Shopping list:

  • Low fat/reduced fat milk
  • Larger size plain yogurt ($3.00/32oz) vs single flavored yogurt ($1.00/5oz)
  • Cottage cheese (compare prices and look for sales and store brand option)
  • Reduced fat block cheese ($1.00/cup) vs. shredded cheese ($2.50/cup)
  • Frozen vegetables (low sodium, no sauce added)
  • Frozen fruit (no sugar added)
  • Brown rice
  • Old fashioned oats
  • Whole grain cornmeal
  • Whole grain dry cereal (watch for added sugar content)
  • Fresh bagged spinach
  • Potatoes
  • Canned refried beans
  • Canned beans
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned/jarred marinara sauce
  • Eggs
  • Frozen edamame
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried beans/lentils
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Popcorn seeds (try popping your own popcorn)
  • In season fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Lean ground beef
  • Chicken/turkey
  • Water instead of sodas or sugary drinks

Curious about something not on our list? When in doubt, remember to prioritize single or limited ingredient foods over those with lots of ingredients. You’ll get more nutrition for your dollar and you’ll feel fuller longer!

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