What’s in My Grocery Cart?

People are always asking me what I buy at the store.  They intend to buy healthy when they get there and then suddenly feel lost and confused on what to buy.  I usually stick to ingredients for protein & veggie meals, smoothies and juicing.  I have to keep it simple and easy. So, here is a look at what’s typically in my grocery cart (and what’s not).  Of course, this varies according to what’s in season at the time.

First stop produce.  I spend most of my time and money here.

I load up on leafy greens.  I buy spinach, kale and romaine.  These all can be great for meals or juicing.  If you want to be adventurous you can always try some swiss chard or dandelion greens. Lately I’ve been nuts about fennel so throw some of that into the basket.  Mix it up though and try new things. What looks good? Be adventurous.

Avocados.  I love avocados. They are great to add to a smoothie in place of a banana, but honestly I like to add pink salt and eat it or just chop on top of my meal or salad. They are high in good fats and fiber.

Cruciferous vegetables.  These are your broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts type of veggies.  I love brussels sprouts and can add them to loads of dishes. I could eat them at every meal.  I have a history of a thyroid disorder so I limit these to once or twice a week and always cook them, never raw.  They have great anti-cancer properties so definitely include them as much as possible if you can.  Just a note, don’t throw the broccoli stalks away…juice them! They add sweetness to your juice.

Berries. I buy a combination of fresh and frozen strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.  Blackberries are good as well, I just get a little annoyed by the seeds, but have at them if they are good for you. Berries are great plain for dessert, on top of greek yogurt and in smoothies and acai bowls.  So high in antioxidants, you don’t want to live without them.

Bananas, Mangos & Pineapples.  These are smoothie staples for me.  I like to buy fresh. I end up freezing some of the pineapple because I buy whole pineapples and I have a hard time eating that much.  Just add greens to these and you have an amazing smoothie.

Sweet Potatoes.  They are very high in fiber and help to control blood sugar. They are extremely high in Vitamin A as well.  A great weight loss aid.  Just be sure to use some coconut oil with it so your body can utilize all of that fat soluble vitamin A.

Carrot, Apple & Ginger.  I love this juice combo. It’s amazing for your skin and it just plain tastes great.

Garlic & Onions. They make everything taste better and they fight off the cold and flu bugs.

Cucumbers, celery, lemons, limes.  These are for juicing and adding flavor to water and a variety of dishes.

Chocolate.  Yes, chocolate.  I usually buy Green & Blacks 85%.  A square or two will do you if you have a craving.  One bar usually lasts a couple of weeks.

Grass fed beef, organic chicken & turkey, pasture eggs, wild caught salmon.

Goat cheese.  I crumble it on top of lots of dishes.  It kicks the flavors up a notch.

Sometimes….  Kombucha tea, raw local honey, organic grade B maple syrup, raw organic cacao powder, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, Almond Butter, Chipotle Seaweed snacks and nuts.

What you won’t see…

Bread, pasta, cookies, cereals in other words no gluten containing foods.  No colas.  No canned goods like soups or boxed food like hamburger helper or mac and cheese.  Meals that come in a box are not meals. No condiments full of high fructose corn syrup. No canned vegetables.   No weight loss shakes, bars or frozen meals.  No frozen pizzas or ice cream.  No sugar free jello & pudding. We are just concentrating on real whole foods.

Of course shopping should be flexible.  If something looks good, buy it and try it. Your beginner goal should be to limit/eliminate the boxes and cans.  That my friend is an excellent start.  If you need help with your food choices, just call me for a consult.

Leave me a comment and let me know how your shopping goes.

 

This entry was written by Dr. Shelly Masters , posted on Tuesday March 12 2013at 10:03 am , filed under Health News and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

One Response to “What’s in My Grocery Cart?”

  • Diane says:

    I see our shopping lists are virtually the same 🙂 I love doing at least one smoothie or juice everyday because it gives me the opportunity to load up on some nutrient dense foods that I might not otherwise eat and add in any additional things like omega 3s, a reishi tincture, or organic cacao. Great info! Keep it coming.

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