I get asked about shopping lists and daily menus fairly frequently. I provide the following information with the disclaimer that it works for me: I have tried many diets (Abs, Atkins, Blood Type, Paleo, Zone, etc.) and many approaches to health and fitness to learn what my body needs and how it works best. While a plethora of books, articles and blogs contribute to how I think about nutrition and how I refine new recipes, my body is different from yours and our bodies will not necessary metabolize food similarly. Nevertheless, part of my promise in maintaining this blog is to share as much honest information with you as I can. The information below does not entirely serve as a traditional list, but it’s what I typically buy on a weekly basis, brands included. I also included my general daily menu in another post, but I have it at the bottom of this post as well. Happy shopping, cooking and eating!
- Fresh Express Bagged spring mix – usually 2/$5
- Store-made Fresh salsa – great as an add-in or a base for soup or homemade marinara
- Store Brand Berries – I buy them on sale and freeze extras
- Key West Lime Juice – I add this to protein powder to make Vanilla Green limeade “shakes” (see menu, dinner (3)) and use it as a facial cleanser. Really.
- Butternut squash – I cut it in “fry” shapes and bake.
- Spaghetti Squash – pasta alternative superstar
- Head of Cauliflower – I cut this up and use the flourets to make “nachos” (see menu, dinner (2))
- Carrot Chips – snacks for London, my dog; I also dip these in peanut butter sometimes.
- Granny Smith Apples – More snacks for London and for The Man.
- Bulk Walnuts and Almonds – I find the best nut prices in the Produce section. I use both in salads, as snacks and I grind them into “flours.”
- Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter –it’s the most affordable where I shop, and appeals to my palate the most. I’ve tried a few others, but this is my fave.
- Langnese Honey – pricier than other brands, but worth it to me. It’s rich and luxurious – melts beautifully in baked goods.
- Fillippo Berrio Extra Light Taste Olive Oil – I use this for everything, including moisturizing my skin. Yup, right along with the lime juice.
- Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Kisses – perfect little edibles when you need a quick dose of chocolate. I buy fancier brands for special occasions, but this does the job just fine!
- Skinny Pop Black Pepper Popcorn – I acquiesce in purchasing this for The Man. Please note that there are still 10g of fat per serving in this “skinny” snack.
Dairy & Meats/Seafood/Poultry
- Fage 2% Plain Greek Yogurt –I have tried nearly every other brand and I find this the most appealing. I mix in my natural pb and Isagenix every day for lunch.
- PureSilk Light Almond milk (unsweetened) – The Man uses this on his cereal
- Cabot’s Cheddar Cheese
- Maggio’s Part Skim Ricotta Cheese
- Plugra European Style butter – contrary to popular belief this costs the same or less than other American brands.
- Frozen Shrimp – I buy the two-pound bag. It’s simple to defrost and makes a super quick dinner.
- Skinless boneless chicken cutlets – I always try for “pastured”, but free range is next best. I scour for the best looking option.
- Centercut Pork Cutlets – nice alternative to chicken
- Ground chicken
Breakfast: Peanut Butter Cup: 1tbsp natural pb; 1 tbsp uncooked oats; 1 tbsp Isalean Chocolate
Lunch: Greek Yogurt “Pudding”: 0.5-1 “pot” of Fage 2% plain yogurt; 1 scoop Isalean vanilla or chocolate; 1 tsbp pb
Dinner: (1) 2 cups greens; 3-5 oz. lean protein; 1-2 other vegetables; (2) 1.5 cups cauliflower flourets, 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, 11 jalapeno slices and 2 tbsp salsa; or (3) 1 cup Kale, 2 scoops Isalean, 1/2 cup lime juice, 1/2 cup water blended into creamy green limeade.
Snacks: 3-4 dark chocolate kisses (AM); Nuts and berries (PM)