Nutritionists Told Us All the Items to Stock Up on Before Thanksgiving

Welcome to our series #CartedByT30, where experts, influencers, and anyone who just really knows how to nail down a grocery list show us exactly what goes in their carts each week. Tune in to our Instagram Story on Sundays to walk down the aisle with them, and then shop the products here. This week, registered dietician Sarah Rueven shares all the foods she's purchasing before the Thanksgiving holiday.


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As a registered dietitian and founder of Rooted Wellness, a private nutrition practice specializing in women’s health, I know just how important a little planning ahead can be for the busy woman on the go. To help you make healthy food decisions all week long, I recommend thoughtfully planning out your meals and making a trip to the store (or getting groceries delivered) at the beginning of each week.


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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, fill up on nutrient-dense foods this week so that you head into the holiday energized and feeling your best. I love shopping at Whole Foods, where I can find everything I need all in one place, including tons of organic produce. Keep reading for the staples I add to my cart every week, as well as the ingredients for a lightened-up dessert (pumpkin pie bars!) I’ll be making this Thanksgiving for my family.


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I always pick up a loaf of whole wheat or sprouted grain bread. Whole-grain bread is an excellent source of fiber, which slows digestion and helps to keep you full. I top my bread with smashed avocado and an egg for a quick, nourishing breakfast on busy mornings.


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Avocados are a great source of fiber, potassium and monounstaurated fats. I recommend including a serving of healthy fat at each meal. Fat is the most satiating macronutrient so skimping on fat, often leads to overeating later on. This time of year, I love adding a few slices of avocado to soups and chilis in place of cheese.


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You’ll always find some type of leafy green in my grocery cart to serve as the base for salads throughout the week. I like to switch it up and often rotate between kale, spinach, and arugula. Leafy greens are an excellent source of folate. Folate is critical for fertility and is needed in adequate amounts during pregnancy for the formation of the baby’s neural tube. If you are trying to conceive or expecting, including kale in your diet is a great way to boost your folate intake.


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For busy weeks like this one, I recommend picking up some pre-chopped veggies to cut back on prep time. I like roasting veggies in the oven in a little avocado oil, salt, and pepper—so simple yet very flavorful!


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Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory and can help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Omega-3 intake is especially important during the prenatal time period and while breastfeeding to help support your baby’s brain development. Increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids is also associated with a decreased risk for postpartum depression.


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Buying a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken is another great busy weeknight savior. Serve the chicken with roasted veggies and a whole grain (like brown rice or farro), and you’ve got a super quick, delicious and nutritious meal.


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Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, which can help strengthen your immune system this flu season! If buying all organic produce isn’t within budget, frozen organic produce is typically cheaper, and the difference in nutrient quantity is negligible.


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Greek yogurt makes a great protein-packed snack. Most of the flavored yogurts are full of added sugar, which is why I prefer to sweeten my yogurt with fresh fruit. If you are trying to conceive, I recommend choosing full-fat yogurt over skim milk yogurt. Studies have shown that women who consume more full-fat dairy products have a reduced risk of infertility.

Next up: 5 Simple Tricks for Eating Healthy During the Holidays


This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.