Sunday, April 17, 2016

What Is In My Shopping Cart, You Ask?

Many people ask me what do I eat and I explain that I don’t cook and I eat the same foods over and over. I thought it would be neat to share with you all what was in my grocery cart this week so that maybe you would get some new ideas to try.
Before I start however, you will see some “good” food and some “bad” food in my cart. Get over it! There is no such thing as good food or bad food! Are some things healthier? Yes! But do some foods invoke joy at their deliciousness? Yes! A healthy diet involves a variety of foods and no food should be off limits. As long as the majority of your diet is lean meats, plants, fruits, nuts and seeds and you are getting plenty of fiber, enjoy yourself occasionally!

Steak- I’m not a big red meat eater, this is Jeremy’s. We grill out one night a week typically and he always fixes himself a steak. We rarely go out to eat, so this is his little treat.

Generic Honey Smacks Cereal- NOMNOM! I do have a sweet tooth and try to keep it under control, and having something fun to eat after I workout is very motivating! Junky carbs are best consumed post workout because they hit your system fast and promote quicker glycogen stores recovery. The last month or so I’ve been enjoying Peeps after my workouts. YUMMY! I was ready to do something different, so cereal it is! And if I’m feeling really crazy, I might use my protein powder to make “milk” for my cereal.

Pears- We sliced these up and grilled them with cinnamon and then put them over…..

Blue Bell Individual Ice Creams- Perfect little portion control fun! You can enjoy anything in moderation as long as the majority of your diet is full of healthy micronutrients, phytonutrients and all those wonderful little vitamins and minerals.

Watermelon- Honestly, how can you pass up a cute little watermelon? But keep reading about how I feel about fruit.

Chuck 85/15- I know I said above I don’t really eat a lot of red meat, but yesterday I decided I was in the mood for a burger. We pattied this package up into varying sizes (4 oz for me, 8 oz for J, and then one weirdo that was 3 oz). We grilled them last night and will eat on them the next few days.

Dt. Mt. Dew- Our collective vice. I realized this past week I was way too addicted to them and white Monsters, so I have actually been off the Monster and Dew train 5 days now. I’m not saying I’ll never drink them again, rather it’s a hiatus.

Salmon- This was a, “Hey, that looks good for supper!” purchase. It came already seasoned and on a cedar plank for grilling and was DELICIOUS! It was only $14.99 as well and we had leftovers. I sliced some up to eat with my omelet this morning.

My omelet with grilled veggies and salmon. I used my TupperWare Breakfast Maker to make the omelet in the microwave in three minutes! And it's currently on sale for only $15.

Water- I drink at least a gallon a day and refill my jug each morning. However, after 3-4 days of using the same jug I do wonder about bacteria and gross stuff so I’ll get a new one.

Tuna Pouches- I have found that the Kroger brand ranch tuna packet is actually a lot better than the Starkist variety. It “ranchier” and creamier. The macros are pretty close so it’s not a big deal to switch brands. J also got a couple of packages of a jalepeno tuna, so we will see how that plays out.

Tostitos Dip-etizers- Every Friday Kroger has a Friday Freebie download that allows you to get a product completely free. This past Friday it was a package of Tostitos Dip-etizers. I’m not sure there is anything healthy in this at all, lol, but I might find it tasty at some point. Of course, if I eat the whole thing, I’ll be consuming 54 grams of fat, but that leaves me with 20-ish the rest of the day, right?

Tum-E Yummies- This is one of those products that actually pisses me off. It’s sugar water that manufactures sell to parents for kids to consume thinking it’s healthy. Not. The only reason I have it is because it was also a Friday Freebie. Because it has 13 carbs (all from sugar) it will be an acceptable pre- or post-workout source of carbs. I will probably combine 2 ounces of this with water and my pre workout bcaa’s and creatine just to mix it up a bit. It will give my muscles a nice little carb boost before I workout.  I DO NOT advocate getting all your carbs from junk and I really don’t think you should drink your carbs if you can help it. I’m only doing this because it was free, and I hate to let something free go to waste!

Coconut oil- We love coconut oil at our house. Jeremy uses it for his breakfast cooking and I often add it to my protein powder, peanut butter “ice cream” to give it a really smooth texture.

Bread – I don’t eat a lot of bread because I prefer to get the majority of my carbs from veggies. Two slices of bread or a whole bag of veggies? To me, that’s a no brainer. The bread has basically no nutrients so I feel they are empty calories. And if I’m going to eat empty calories, I would rather have candy!

J's breakfast of egg, bacon and cheese on bread with a piece of his steak grilled last night.

Oats- We eat oatmeal every day. We have accidently ran out a couple of times and I can tell you that quinoa nor grits are an acceptable substitute in my world. In a perfect world we would use the steel cut foo-foo oats, but the old-fashioned 5 minute oats are the best I can handle.

Bananas- I divide fruit into two categories: lazy fruit and working fruit. Bananas are the pinnacle of lazy fruit. Peel and eat. Watermelons are working fruit. You have to rinse the rind, then you have to cut it into slices. It’s a lot of trouble. More examples: Grapes, lazy fruit. Yes, you have wash them, but it’s not that bad. Oranges, working fruit. The peeling process can be excruciating.

Cliff Bars- Very high carbs, but very tasty! I like to keep a few on hand in case I realize mid-day that I somehow have not had enough carbs. Let me clarify though, they are not a best choice and they are basically candy bars masquerading as health food. To be blunt, they are junk bars. Don’t build your carb intake around them. See them as accents to healthy meal plan or the Plan B of flexible dieting.

Simple Truth Energy Bars- See above. These are J’s btw.

Bacon- I really see no point in explaining this.

Stir Fry Veggies- We love to get these when they are marked down and grill them! Just make an aluminum foil pouch for them, drizzle a bit of olive oil and add some chopped garlic. Yummy!

So there is this week's haul. There are some things not in this that I eat all the time, like chicken and frozen veggies. I tend to stock up on those when I purchase them so that I don't have to get them all the time.

Let me know what your go-to foods are! What was the last new food you tried?

Stay Strong Y'all!

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  1. What a good haul! I'm the same in that I eat the same things over and over again. My go tos are bananas, avocado, almonds, oranges, spinach, tomatoes, lean meats and a dark chocolate bar for a little sweet!

  2. There are a few staples that will be in my cart every single week.

    Thanks for sharing with the Fitness Health & Happiness community! Have a great weekend.