I went grocery shopping today and I just thought I would share what I buy every week. My "staple" or go to foods. People always ask me how I am losing the weight and what exactly I eat. So I figured I would post about it.
I always start right in the produce department. I really try to stick to the perimeter of the store because I really like to eat primarily clean foods. SO we begin with the fruit and veggies all my zero point goodies! I look for whats on sale and in season and shop those items. I always buy lettuce, tomatoes, onions and red peppers, for my salads. I try to buy grapes since peanut loves them, bananas since we both do, usually mangoes, and a bag of apples. If there are other good deals we will do more fruit like pears, clementines, oranges, etc. I try to try 1 new fruit every month.
After that is always the natural food section, I try to go to the supermarket that has a larger one. I am dairy free right now to see if it helps my stomach so I buy unsweetened almond milk (1 cup only 1 PP!), gluten free brown rice pasta is here and soy yogurt. I also pick up some goodies for peanut like gluten free short bread and her crackers and cereal. I bought a bag of wild brown rices this week and tried it out and it was really good. I also buy my Bob's Red Mill gluten free quick cooking oats if needed here. I have a 1/3 cup of those every morning! I also pick up some tofu if I am in the mood for it I like the extra firm light tofu.
Then next is the meat department. Here again I look for sales. Eating healthy does not have to be super expensive. I stick to lean proteins. I always buy chicken breast thin sliced, chicken breast tenderloins, and 99% fat free ground turkey. Those are my go to staples because I know I can do a lot with them. Sometimes I will buy turkey breasts if they have them. If there is fish on sale and I feel like it I will do a piece as well.
Then I always get my egg whites in the dairy department and Fat free non dairy creamer. I have a cup of coffee with it every morning. In my dairy days I would always get Chobani and Weight Watchers string cheese, and sliced cheese as well. I like fat free shredded cheddar too.
Next would be the freezer department my last big stop! Here I buy 4-5 bags of steamy veggies. Usually the store brand is fine with us and my faves are brussel sprouts, and the California blend of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. I just like keeping those in the freezer for dinner at night. They are quick easy and still hold all the nutritional value of fresh veggies. Then I hit the frozen fruit section! I usually buy peaches, strawberries, and or blueberries, mango, whatever again I am in the mood for. Frozen fruit makes awesome smoothies and goes in my oatmeal every morning!
I cannot live without my spices either! I put cinnamon in my coffee in the morning and sometimes my oatmeal so we always have that on hand. Also I am a big fan of Mrs. Dash salt free line of seasonings so I always have those as well. For my salads I use Annie's fat free line, they have a good poppy seed dressing and honey dijon which I have become addicted to. I also use Better n Peanut butter on my bananas sometimes so I always have that!
So my typical tracker in a day looks like:
Breakfast: Oatmeal 3 PP coffee 1 PP
AM snacks: Soy yogurt 4 PP, fruit 0 PP, egg white quiche 2 PP
Lunch: Salad with lean protein 6 PP
Afternoon snacks: carrot sticks and hummus 2 PP, fruit 0 PP, Soy crisps 3 PP
Dinner: Lean protein with squash and veggies, or brown rice.
Post workout: Protein powder 3 PP blended into smoothie with 1 c almond milk 1 PP and frozen fruit
Dessert: fruit 0 PP, herbal decaf tea 0 PP
That is a day in my life. I do not necessarily use all the snacks just shot out a few of my favorites. Tomorrow I will share some of my recent dinners.
What are your go to foods? Anything you always keep on hand to stay on track?