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What Do I Buy At The Store?

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I get asked that a lot.  It seems that eating healthy is something everyone wants to do, but no one knows HOW to do.  That’s why I’m including lots of recipes here on my site.  I’m also going to give you lots of short-cuts I use to make things easier.  Simple is best.

I like lots of variety in the foods I eat so I know I’m getting a good mix of all the necessary stuff… you know, “nutrient dense” food.  People have actually asked me to take them shopping so they can see what I buy and why.

So here’s a “virtual shopping trip” with me to the stores I frequent.

COSTCO

Gotta love Costco.  I do my shopping at Costco first, because they usually have the best prices, and I can buy in bulk, which reduces trips to the store.  At Costco I buy:

  • Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts,  Pecans, Pine Nuts
  • Beans: Pinto Beans (they sell HUGE bags!)
  • Greens: Lettuces, Spinach, Mixed Greens
  • Fruits: Oranges, Grapes, Bananas, Mangoes, Lemons, Limes, Kiwis, Pineapple, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, (lately they’ve had prepared young Thai Coconut in water!), and any other fresh fruits in season
  • Vegetables: Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Green Beans, Broccoli, Peas, Cauliflower, and any other veggies in season
  • Mushrooms: White Button, Mini Portobello, Large Portobello, Enoki
  • Frozen Foods: Peaches, Strawberries, Blueberries, Corn
  • Grains: Brown Basmati Rice, Hard White Winter Wheat
  • Sundries: Organic Extra Virgin Cold-Pressed Olive Oil, 100% Pure Maple Syrup, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Raw Agave Nectar
  • Prepared Foods: Raw Tortillas (if you’re gluten-free, you can make your own, I just don’t have the time.)
  • Spices: Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Dried Onions, Parsley, Basil, Salt-Free Herb Seasoning Blend, Himalayan Mineral Salt, other dried herbs & spices, etc.

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HEALTH FOOD STORE

Then I head to my health food store and raid the bulk bins.  I buy:

  • Seeds: Raw Sunflower Seeds, Chia Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Flax Seeds (I would buy hemp seeds, but my husband’s job would prevent him from having hemp in his system, regardless of the source)
  • Sprouting Seeds: Broccoli, Radish, Alfalfa, Mung Bean, Sunflower
  • Raw Nuts: Cashews, Macadamia Nuts, Brazil Nuts, Hazelnuts
  • Grains: Buckwheat, Kamut, Rye, Oat Groats, Brown Basmati Rice
  • Sundries: Raw Cacao, Apple Cider Vinegar, REAL Brand Mineral Salt

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GROCERY STORE

Then it’s off to the regular grocery store where I can get:

  • Sundries: Rice Vinegar
  • Fresh Herbs: Cilantro, Basil, Parlsey, Mint, Tarragon, etc.  (Although I finally got some window boxes for my kitchen, and I’m now growing my own fresh mint, basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, sage, and parsley!)
  • Fruits & Vegetables: I can’t get at Costco
  • Spices: (anything I can’t get at Costco

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STOCKING UP

I try to stock up on staples by buying them in bulk so I don’t have to shop for them all the time. I visit the stores about this frequently:

  • Costco – Once a week
  • Grocery Store – Once a week
  • Health Food Store – Once a month

Of course, it would be much easier if I had a garden right now, but since I’m currently renting and I’m busier than a one-armed paper-hanger, it hasn’t manifested yet.

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