As a health coach, I often get asked: “What groceries do you buy each week?” And so, without further ado: Here’s what to buy at the grocery store each week
1. Leafy greens. No trip to the grocery store would be complete without a few bunches of fresh leafy greens. Consider trying lacinato kale, mustard greens, bibb lettuce, or spinach this week. (I actually love to buy these from the local farmers’ market.) Bibb lettuce is my go-to taco shell when I am staying away from tortillas, which is a constant struggle as a Texan.
2. Bananas. Smoothies are a staple around my house; I make them as a healthy snack or in place of a “proper” meal. After your bananas have ripened, peel and freeze them. Add ½ frozen banana to your blender for each serving of smoothie.
3. Berries. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries—organic, if you can.
4. Lemons. These babies are like the Swiss Army knife of the kitchen! Use lemon juice for homemade vinaigrettes for salads, or squeeze into your hot tea, or zest the rind over a sheet of roasted veggies, or add to water to help you stay hydrated throughout the day.
5. Your favorite veggies. Zucchini, carrots, bell peppers: Whichever you enjoy cooking and eating, just get ’em in your house. You will eat them. At the beginning of the week, I will chop up tons of fresh veggies. Some will get tossed into salads for lunches, others will get roasted in the oven to quickly reheat for weeknight dinners, and still others will end up in my breakfast omelets.
6. Eggs. Organic, when possible.
7. Nut milk. If you are brave enough to make your own, add extra almonds, cashews or macadamia nuts to your healthy staples list. If you are not quite ready for that yet, I understand! Look for a nut milk brand that is low in sugar and does not contain carrageenan or “natural flavors”.
8. Lean protein. Organic, when possible.
9. Fresh herbs. Better yet, grow your own. Herbs add a flavor punch without extra calories! My favorites include cilantro, basil, mint, and rosemary.
10. Wine! In moderation, of course. Always organic and sulfite-free when possible; you may not realize it, but there are almost always organic wine options available wherever you shop.
If you have a stocked pantry and fresh fruits and vegetables on hand, a healthy meal can be whipped up quickly.
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