This post was updated on April 13th, 2023

By Kym Campbell, BSc. | Updated April 13th, 2023

How well you eat, all starts at the store. I know there’s little chance that I’ll resist an unhealthy treat that’s calling from the pantry. Likewise, when there’s nothing in the house to eat but nourishing food, eating well becomes so much easier.

Start shopping like a PCOS boss with this PCOS Grocery Cheat Sheet.

Or go a step further in your meal planning by downloading this free 3-Day meal plan pdf.

For more meal plans, recipes, and shopping lists, sign-up for my next free 30-Day PCOS Diet Challenge. This is a great way to connect with like-minded people.

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5 Grocery Shopping Tips

Here’s what I do to optimize my grocery-shopping process:

  1. Make a meal plan first. Not having a well-thought-out PCOS meal plan for the week ahead is a recipe for trouble. Especially when you’re new to a PCOS diet.
  2. Stick to whole foods. You can get almost everything you need by walking around the outer isles of the grocery store. Avoid all those rows of processed foods, including the “health-food” aisle. There’s just too much sugar and temptation.
  3. Buy bulk. It’s sad but true that eating healthy can be more expensive. Buying in bulk can offset these costs. It can also come in handy in the event of a local emergency or supply-chain disruptions.
  4. Buy frozen vegetables. They’re cheaper and are often more nutritious than fresh vegetables. This is because they’re picked and packed at their peak ripeness when nutrient levels are highest.
  5. Use the internet. You have more options and can often get better prices when you shop online. Thrive Market or Misfit Markets are great places to start. For the best quality meat and seafood, there are many great stores. Try US Wellness Meats, Crowd Cow, Cooks Venture, Omaha Steaks, or Greensbury. Online grocery shopping is especially good for bulk buying canned goods, olive oil, nuts, seeds, and PCOS snacks.

What to Include in Your PCOS Grocery List

In my PCOS diet article, I summarize the foods to eat and the foods to avoid with PCOS. This informs what should (and shouldn’t) be on your PCOS grocery list. Combining these foods to achieve the best macros for PCOS is key to beating PCOS for good.

The lists below will help guide your shopping adventures. For a more comprehensive PCOS grocery list download this cheat sheet. It’ll fit nicely on your fridge.


Increasing protein in your diet is a powerful step for treating PCOS. It’s especially helpful for fighting insulin resistance and for PCOS weight loss. High-fat animal sources of protein are best, but plant-based PCOS protein powder can be useful too.


  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Fish and seafood
  • Protein powder

Low GI Carbohydrate-Rich Foods

Carbohydrate-rich foods that have a low glycemic index are an important part of a PCOS-friendly diet. Consuming these foods in modest amounts helps with cravings and is good for gut health.


  • Quinoa
  • Black/red/wild rice
  • Peas and beans
  • Root vegetables

Non-Starchy Vegetables

Non-starchy vegetables should take up at least half of your plate. These provide fiber, micronutrients, and antioxidants that support good health.


  • Spinach, Swiss chard, and Romaine lettuce
  • Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale
  • Squash, cucumber, and zucchini
  • Bell peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant

For organic vegetables, at the best price, consider signing up with Misfit Markets.

Fats and Oils

Use plenty of healthy fats and oils when cooking or making dressings. This is an easy way to achieve a high-fat, low-carb diet. A good PCOS yogurt is also very helpful.


  • PCOS yogurt
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado oil

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds have a long list of health benefits. This is one of the least controversial foods that should be eaten more by people with PCOS.


  • Almond
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseeds
  • Chia seeds


Fruits have an unnecessarily complicated place in a PCOS diet. It might be better to buy fruits with a lower glycemic index. But when you follow my fruits for PCOS hacks, any fruit can be on your PCOS grocery shopping list.

Probiotic Foods

These foods contain live cultures of bacteria. Probiotic foods help promote a healthy gut microbiome. Fostering better gut health is an essential PCOS natural treatment.


  • PCOS yogurt
  • Fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi
  • Miso, natto, and tempeh

Sauces, Condiments, Herbs, and Spices

When buying sauces and condiments, look for low-sugar products. You also want to avoid vegetable oils and instead choose products that use avocado oil or olive oil. It’s better to make your sauces and condiments from scratch. But Primal kitchen has nice products that fit well with PCOS diet principles. Get 10% off your order using this link.

When it comes to herbs and spices, the more the merrier.


  • Lemons, limes, and apple cider vinegar (for making your own dressings)
  • Tamari sauce and sriracha sauce
  • Onion powder and garlic powder
  • Dried herbs and spices


As explained in my article on gluten and PCOS, people with PCOS should use gluten-free flour products.


  • Almond meal and/or almond flour (blanched)
  • Coconut flour
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Corn starch


Adapting to a low-sugar diet is one of the most important aspects of a good PCOS diet. When treating yourself to PCOS dessert recipes use fructose-free sweeteners.


  • Dextrose powder, corn syrup, or brown rice syrup
  • Monkfruit or stevia leaf extract
  • Allulose
  • Bocha Sweet


There are many good PCOS drinks and substitutes. These avoid sugar, dairy, alcohol, and caffeine. PCOS smoothie recipes and different types of PCOS tea are especially good for supporting better health.


  • Sparkling water
  • Spearmint tea and other herbal teas
  • Unsweetened nut milk and non-dairy creamers like Nutpods. Use SMARTPCOSCHOICES for 15% off your Nutpods order.
  • Coffee alternatives like Mud/Wtr and Crio Bru. Get 10% off Crio Bru orders by using the discount code SMARTPCOSCHOICES10OFF at checkout.
  • Hone also makes a great PCOS drink using matcha and cordyceps mushrooms. Get 15% off at checkout when you use this link.

Learn more about the pros and cons of coffee for PCOS here.

The Bottom Line

Following a PCOS diet is a rewarding act of self-care. It’s how you beat PCOS for good. But it’s also difficult. You need to plan ahead and shop carefully.

Resources like this free PCOS Grocery List Cheat Sheet are meant to make shopping a little easier.

For more help, join my next free 30-Day PCOS Diet Challenge or download this free 3-Day Meal Plan. Here are some success stories to show you what’s possible.

Ready to Take Action?

  • Join my next free 30-Day PCOS Diet Challenge here. This is a live program where you’ll receive weekly meal plans and helpful video lessons. You’ll also be part of a motivated and inspiring community of like-minded women.
  • Download my free 3-Day PCOS Diet Meal Plan here. This is perfect for getting started before the next 30-Day Challenge begins.
  • Join my PCOS Monthly Meal Planning Service here. This service includes hundreds of PCOS recipes within a pre-populated, yet customizable meal plan. It’s designed to save you time and help you apply a PCOS diet.
  • Sign up for my next Beat PCOS 10-Week Program. This is a comprehensive live program that runs quarterly. Topics covered include diet, PCOS-centric emotional eating, exercise, stress management, and more. The 10-Week Program includes the same recipes and meal plan as my monthly meal planning service.
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