Sometimes it can be difficult to go to the grocery store and know what to buy. You want to shop cheap, get foods that people like, and try to purchase healthy wholesome nutrition. However with so many misleading healthy foods out there it can be difficult to know what to buy so, I've compiled a list of a few of my favorite grocery store items.
On top of purchasing fresh groceries I am taking full advantage of Oregon's growing season to grow as much of my own produce as possible which helps to lighten the financial impact of grocery shopping. I am comforted by knowing where my food came from and that it was produced in a safe quality manner in my own backyard.
So, before we get into the grocery list, here's the best grocery store tip EVER:
Shop the perimeter where all of the fresh foods are and avoid the middle aisles where all of the boxed foods are as much as possible. It's actually very simple.
Here's an example of what is in our fridge and pantry at any given time-
Apples (great to slice up and take for a snack to work- add a spice of cinnamon and you can have a "mock apple pie snack"
Cherries (Picked from the tree)
Berries (Picked from random country briars)
Any vegetable and/or fruit are great nutritional resources. Paired up with a few other ingredients you can create some amazingly delicious healthy quick and easy recipes.
Steaks- Any kind of steaks or beef
Chicken Breast or Whole
Fish- Not farmed always fresh
Eggs (usually from our farm)
Tillamook Unsalted Butter
Whole Milk (The boxed size one- this is used sparingly and for treats in our house)
Plain Greek Yogurt
Tillamook Cheddar Cheese
In the middle of the store (used sparingly):
Whole coconut milk
Tru Pickles (Suprisingly I found these at the hardware store)
Dave's Killer Bread
Red Wine (Usually Apothic Red, a Cav, or Merlot)
The result is a full cart of nutritious groceries that will feed us for a couple of weeks all while hardly wasting time or money in the center aisles where all of processed garbage resides such as cookies, crackers, chips, ice cream, cereal, stove top pasta "mixes"...and the list goes on.
Stick to a list similar to this and you will be on your way to feeling fabulous and looking fit. Here's to you and your health!