Food & Nutrition

Plan your next grocery shop

Use this guide to fill your fridge and pantry with Points-friendly foods.
Published 9 June 2022

Top takeaways:


How to build the best shopping list:

  1. Check your schedule
  2. Prioritise ZeroPoint foods
  3. Use pre-prepped ingredients
  4. Experiment with spices
  5. Stock up on satisfying staples



Here are some tips that make it easier to plan meals and pick foods that help fill you up.


Grocery shopping guide


Your kitchen is where it all happens, so stocking up on nutritious ingredients is the most powerful tool when it comes to sticking to your plan. Having foods nearby that help fill you up and stay in your Points Budget prepares you to make choices that feel really right for you. No spur-of-the-moment decisions when you’re already starving. Let’s be honest: Nothing good happens when the only thing in your kitchen is a tea bag and semi-sweet, semi-stale chocolate chips!

We get it, grocery shopping can sometimes feel totally overwhelming. There are so many aisles and choices and who even knows where to start?! We're all about having a shopping list—use the one below to help take the guesswork out of navigating the aisles. Here are some tips and tricks that we think can help:


1. Start by checking your schedule.

Where you are, physically, when you eat can impact food decisions. Do a quick calendar-check and think about where you’ll be spending time in the next week. For example, if you’re going to eat at your desk (even if that desk is in your living room), it’ll help you shop for the ingredients that make it easier to turn the meals you’re planning into a reality.

2. Get familiar with your ZeroPoint food list.

We always recommend shopping your ZeroPoint foods first so you know you’ll have your go-to foods on-hand no matter what. And regardless of your plan, having fruits and veggies in your kitchen makes it that much easier to add them to meals or grab for a snack! Outside of that list, your in-app barcode scanner is great for finding out the Points of other foods.

3. Take short-cuts when you can.

We all have days where you don’t have the time or energy to plan an elaborate meal or prep a ton of things. That’s why we love pre-prepped ingredients. Having frozen chopped veggie blends, diced onions and minced garlic can make it that much easier to prepear a healthy meal.

4. Spice it up!

Pick a new spice or herb to experiment with each time you shop—and make it something you’re excited to try. Then type it into the WW app and see all the recipes that come up. Trying new flavours and cuisines is half the fun of shopping and cooking!

5. Stock up on satisfying staples.

Some nutrient-dense foods will be higher in Points than others, but, it doesn’t mean they’re off-limits. It’s actually the exact opposite: YOU NEED THOSE, TOO! Especially when it comes to ingredients you use to cook your favourite dishes. Foods like nut butters, cooking oils, avocado, and cheese help make meals and snacks more filling and flavourful—which naturally helps you stay within your Budget, since you’ll feel less hungry later on.


Here’s what we want you to do...even if your next grocery trip isn't for a few days, make your list now. Or make a practice list! You don’t have to buy everything, think of it as a guide for the types of food to keep on-hand. And don’t fret if your grocery haul feels overwhelming! Like anything, this is something that takes practice.


WW kitchen staples shoppping list


Consider this list your BFF (Best Food Friend) when grocery shopping. Use it to help write your own shopping list or as a reminder of better-for-you options to keep an eye out for while you’re wandering the supermarket aisles.

And don’t forget to highlight your own ZeroPoint™ foods so you stock up on those while you shop.

PRODUCE

  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Fresh herbs
  • Lettuce, coleslaw mix, or shredded carrots for salads
  • Pre-cut fresh vegies for soups, stir-fries and snacks
  • Silken or firm tofu
  • Reduced-fat hummus


MEAT, POULTRY & FISH

  • Skinless chicken breast or turkey breast
  • Lean minced beef
  • Lean pork loin or leg fillet
  • Lean beef sirloin or tenderloin steak
  • Fish (fresh or frozen)
  • Seafood (fresh or frozen)


DAIRY & EGGS

  • Eggs or egg substitute
  • Skim or light milk
  • Reduced-fat soy milk
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • 99% fat-free plain yoghurt
  • Plain, unsweetened soy yoghurt
  • Reduced-fat or light cheese
  • 97% fat-free cottage cheese
  • Low-fat ricotta cheese
  • Light cream cheese


GRAINS & PASTA

  • Wholemeal pasta
  • Brown rice or basmati
  • Quinoa, bulgur or barley


BREAD & CEREAL

  • Whole grain bread
  • Wholemeal English muffin
  • Whole grain wraps
  • Rolled oats
  • High-fibre or whole grain cereal

CANNED FOODS & PANTRY STAPLES

  • Pasta sauce with no-added sugar
  • Curry pastes
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato salsa
  • Dry or canned legumes
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit in natural juice
  • Reduced-salt chicken or vegetable stock
  • Reduced-salt soup
  • Tuna or salmon in springwater
  • Light peanut butter


SNACKS

  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Mixed nuts
  • Rice crackers
  • Whole grain crispbread
  • Rice or corn thins


FROZEN FOODS

  • Frozen vegetables
  • Frozen fruit
  • Edamame beans


SEASONINGS & CONDIMENTS

  • Oil spray
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Reduced-fat salad dressing
  • Low-fat mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Reduced-salt soy sauce
  • Vinegar