Today’s post is about grocery shopping. There are certain foods I eat on a regular basis, my weekly staples. There are other foods I sometimes purchase for particular meals. Nearly everything can be found at Kroger (although, most of my fruit/veggie/some meat shopping is at Bloomingfoods. It’s better quality, tastes better, and supports local efforts).
No matter where you shop, begin in the fruits and vegetable department. The following items are vegetables that I keep in my kitchen on a regular basis and a sometimes basis. Foods I eat on a regular basis are often replenished within the week or may last throughout the week. Foods I eat on a sometimes basis are cravings that come and go or foods that make up a particular meal, like spaghetti squash.
Regular Basis – Vegetables: zucchini, brussel sprouts, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, red/green/yellow/orange bell pepper, avocado, onion, garlic
Sometimes basis: celery, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, cauliflour, acorn squash, chives, okra, romaine lettuce, mushrooms
Regular Basis -Fruits: tomatoes, grapefruit, strawberry, blueberries, blackberries, apples, pineapple, pear, tangerines. I rotate fruits depending on whether they are in season and their price. If you are eating paleo to lose weight, keep fruits to a maximum of 1 a day. Keep with meat, veggies, and fats.
Meat is a staple! Your body needs it and provides an essential amino acid that you can only get from meat! The best meat is *free range, *USDA certified organic, *grass fed (not the same thing as vegetarian fed), and *wild caught. Refer back to an older post regarding what all of this means! You might see that I don’t have steak and ground beef listed, well, we have a family farm with top notch Angus beef.
Regular basis: strips of chicken, chicken breasts, pork, canned tuna (in water), Fischer Farms sausage and BACON!!
Somtimes basis: shrimp, salmon, mahi mahi, ground buffalo
Next up, make your way to the ORGANIC department. You need Eggs! Yum. We go through a ton of eggs. Worried about high cholesterol with all that crazy yolk? It’s the most nutritious part of the egg. You should be more worried about all your grain intake. Get on the egg train. More BANG for your buck: Organic Eggs offer 20x more omega -3 fats (the good kind) than factory-produced eggs.
While I’m in the organic department, there are things I purchase on a …
Regular basis: “Original” coconut milk (for recipes and coffee), “original” Almond Milk (in the chilled section, for recipes, nut cereals, and general drinking.)
Sometimes basis: Lara Bar (it’s by all the other glorified candy bars masked as protein bars). It’s made with dates and fruit. My favorite is the cherry pie and apple pie!! If you are a college kid on the run and just want a snack between classes, this is GREAT!
Extra Items where i’ll I keep one of each on hand: no salt added Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce (watch out for added acids and sugars – keep it simple. I like the Pomi Brand; it comes in a box), organic chicken stock w/ low sodium, 70% or higher dark chocolate (I keep about 4 of these around 80% on hand), dried Herbs and seasonings (cinnamon!!, dill, cumin, chili powder, oregano, basil), baking powder for pancakes and brownies, Coconut Flour (for baking and pancakes. You can find it at Sahara Mart. I have not found it at the downtown Bloomingfoods, nor Kroger).