In an ideal word grocery shopping would be quick and easy with a side of healthy and a dash of organic…
Weekly Grocery List for Two
Perhaps this is just my dream formula, but grocery shopping by and large is a bit of a necessary evil. Do not get me wrong, I love wandering the isles of Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to check out exotic produce and new products. However, when Scott and I have reached the end of the week and need to buy everything it can be a bit daunting. The weekly stock up is a bit of a chore, right? I am smiling for the camera below, but on the inside I am hoping that the lines will not be too long.
I do not typically have a formal menu or meal plan going into the week and simply keep an ongoing list of what we need or where we are running low. Last Saturday, Scott joined me which is always way better. It is nice to have the company, and he lifts things and puts them down for me. Those cases of La Croix can get heavy! One of my best tips for making food shopping a little more fun is to try and find a buddy.
As we cruised the aisles, I was thinking about the decision process in general. If you are trying to focus on eating a cleaner diet than the food haul process is a bit daunting.
The big question is what should I buy?
We have heard that those junk food isles should be avoided at all costs, but what about the sections that are trickier to navigate? I thought I would share just a few of these dilemmas, and the choices I make.
For example, Greek yogurt is supposed to be healthy. However, when you have this many brands and flavors to choose from it can be overwhelming.
It will take some time, but if you are really are torn as to which brand to choose than you have to read the ingredients. It will take a little time at first, but after a while you will have a default and not need to pay such close attention to the one you buy. For example, I always grab plain organic Stonyfield Yogurt. There are a lot of commercial brands out there, but this is the only one I have seen that is organic. I always buy plain because the sugar content is shockingly high on flavored yogurts. Also do not be fooled by a “light” label because it is typically code for loaded with chemicals and artificial sweeteners. No bueno.
Eggs are great…but are all eggs created equal? No, they are not.
I have gotten away from prepackaged egg whites, and eat only pasture raised eggs. It is on my blog list to share a post about the many eggs out there and explain some of the differences. In short, pasture raised eggs are from chickens who live the way that nature intended. They wander outside of a pen or cage, and are provided feed but also allowed to eat worms and buys. Keeping their genetics in tact makes these eggs a better choice for our health. They are a little more costly, but if they are available to you this is the best choice.
Chocolate is my favorite after dinner treat, and also very good for you. Again, how is a girl supposed to choose among so many?
Well, it is easier than you would think. When we talk about chocolate being healthy it is the dark chocolate variety, and the higher the percentage of cacao the better. The 90% Lindt is too intense for me and my “sweet spot” is the 80% range. Although, when I started eating dark chocolate a while ago I preferred the 70% label.
Meat is a tough area since there are many different theories out there about how much or how frequently we should consume it. The most important thing to do if you eat meat is to choose Grass Fed. The animals are typically treated humanely, and raised without dangerous hormones or chemicals.
So that is how I navigate a few of those walls of confusion at the grocery store. Austin is a fairly health conscious city, but you can find many of these brands at grocery stores anywhere. I love Whole Foods, but unless you are a Rockefeller than most likely you can not do all of your food shopping there. Someday.
Since it is Wednesday, and we are chatting about what I eat on a regular basis, I am linking up with Jenn today!
Question of the Day: Do you read food labels? Do you enjoy grocery shopping??
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