So today I’m going to tell you exactly what I get when I go grocery shopping…well, not exactly, BUT I’ve compiled every food that is almost always in my fridge or pantry (and if it’s not, I’m on my way to the store to get more!).
I eat all of these foods on a regular basis, and truly not much else (you might actually be surprised at how small the list is)! Of course, I have a few other products here and there that I eat on occasion, or some that I use for baking- but most of the food I eat (especially now being in the midst of our 12-week challenge) does not come in box or package with an ingredients list – with the exception of those I included in the grocery list!
Check it out – or even print it off and use it as a guideline for yourself! Scroll further to see other items I commonly use but I don’t consider “essentials”!
*The items in the list with a little (*) beside them I always make sure to buy organic as they are part of the “dirty dozen” meaning they are often very high in pesticide residues!
To get an even better understanding of my essential grocery list, here are some principles I follow when it comes to what I allow (or don’t allow) to make a home in my fridge or cupboards.
1. If the food can be grown, picked, and eaten just like that (or with some slight cooking.. I’ve never tried a raw potato, but I can’t imagine it tastes that great) it’s likely something I’ll eat! In other words, all fresh fruits and vegetables are a GO for me! I may not be a huge fan of brussel sprouts or cauliflower but I will still eat them!
2. When it comes to meat products, I like them to be fresh and unprocessed (no deli meats or boxed meat products, no frozen pre-made meat items, period.), preferably local and organic, and humanely raised. That is ideal. (In my freezer I have some meat/fish/prawns, of which I had originally bought fresh then I portion them myself and toss them in the freezer).
3. Dairy products I also prefer to be organic, low in fat, and plain – no flavored yogurt here! (that’s called Sugar-ville!)
4. When it comes to packaged products – it has to be pretty close to it’s original state, as unprocessed as possible, and only with a few ingredients (typically under 5 on the ingredients list) – i.e. Mary’s Gone Crackers, dried noodles, rice, or Natural Peanut/Almond Butter.
5. Red Flags – any item with the following in the ingredients list is a big no-no for me; sugar (yup, the plain old white stuff – it’s horrible!), tatrazine or anything with a color and number (i.e. blue #2, yellow #2G) (these are all artificial colorants/dyes), sodium nitrate/sodium nitrite (these are a known carcinogen, yet still in many food products!), mannitol, sorbitol, monosodium glutamate, disodium guanylate, disodium isolate, benzoyl peroxide (yes, they put this in food… seriously, I know!), aspartame, BHA, BHT, propyle gallate…. the list goes on, but those are ones I can think of right now – really, if the product is full of names I can’t pronounce, I don’t eat it.
Here is a list of other common foods/products that end up in my shopping cart but I wouldn’t consider “essentials” per se, because I don’t use them on a daily basis – but I still like them!
I may have missed a few things but I think you should get the gist!
For the most part, I eat clean, not crap, and my body thanks me for it! 🙂
When I don’t eat clean, on very, very rare occasions (like in the summer when I let myself get an ice-cream drumstick or at Easter those little cream eggs… because they are a weakness of mine) I almost always feel like CRAP after – so it’s not really worth it. Call me weird but I just don’t like to feel like crap from willingly putting crap non-food into my belly! (“CRAP”… doesn’t even seem like a word anymore… weird, I hate it when that happens.)
Anywhooo, have a great day!
Nutritionist in the Kitch