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let’s go grocery shopping!

December 27, 2008 Diet, Health, Other, The Love Your Life Program Leave a comment

Today, I would like to take you grocery shopping with me. Will you stroll down the aisles with me while I stock up on my regular necessities?

Great! Grab a shopping cart and let’s start…

 

1st stop. FRESH PRODUCE SECTION. I love stocking my fridge with fresh fruits and veggies. The following fruits and vegetables can be eaten raw, steamed, stir fried or even baked. Since I can’t eat all the produce being offered, I like to mix it up with nutritious varieties like the ones mentioned below to get an array of vitamins and minerals.  

  • Salad mix
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Onions
  • Baby carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Eggplant
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Berries

2nd stop. FRESH & FROZEN & CANNED MEATS. I love me a nice cut of steak, but I prefer to stick to lean choices of meat. Animal protein contains essential amino acids that help build and repair muscles after workouts.  And since I workout a lot, I need my complete proteins!

  • Chicken breasts
  • Ground Turkey
  • Turkey Bacon
  • Jennie O’ Turkey Burgers
  • Salmon fillet
  • Canned Tuna/Salmon/Sardines

 

3rd stop. EGGS & DAIRY SECTION. I can eat eggs all day! Named the “Gold Standard” of protein, eggs contain many beneficial nutrients from Vitamin B-12 to Iron and Zinc. I like to combine my eggs and egg whites to reduce the fat content when trying to limit my calories. Dairy is always part of my diet since it’s an easy way to add calcium. Cottage cheese and yogurt can be low in fat and high in protein! Sometimes, I just get tired of eating meat, and a cup of yogurt always hits the spot.

  • Omega 3 enriched eggs
  • Egg Whites
  • Cottage cheese
  • Plain Yogurt

4th stop. PASTA/GRAIN AISLE

I crave brown rice so much that I think I’m pregnant. I can’t stop thinking about its nutty flavor. I’m not a big pasta girl, but when I do have a craving I opt for whole grain linguine. Pasta sauce is a must because I can top it on any dish and it’ll taste good everytime. Tomato sauce contains plenty of vitamins and lycopene, an anti-cancer fighting agent!

  • Brown rice
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Natural Pasta Sauce

5th stop: BAKING NEEDS AISLE. Chicken soup is a staple in my weekly menu so I like to stock up on low sodium chicken broth to add to my recipe. If you’re a follower of my site, you know that I make my pumpkin protein bars for my post workout nutrition so I always have pumpkin puree jars stocked in the pantry. Cinnamon is great for stabilizing my blood sugar and the other condiments are also nutritious and add flavor to my meals. 

  • Low Sodium Chicken broth
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • All Spice
  • Sea Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Olive Oil spray
  • Vinegar

FINAL STOP: Cash Register. I can’t help but analyze other people’s shopping carts when I’m standing in line waiting my turn. You either intrigue me with your grocery selections, or you gross me out! I can’t help but get grossed out when I see a loaf of WonderBread, Corn-syrup filled Frosted Flakes and bags of Cheetos… My mind flashes images of me snatching the products and running away.. but reality kicks in and I decide to chill out and mind my business.

I try to avoid reading non-sense gossip magazines with celebrity weight loss stories. But like any curious cat, I always seem to give in and take a peek while I wait for the cashier to do a price check. It seems like there’s always a price check in my line.

Oooo.. Sugar free gum is on sale! Yes.. Gum in between meals help crave my appetite and sweet tooth to prevent me from overeating. Chewing gum can even burn a few extra calories.

So that’s my shopping experience almost every Sunday afternoon. Click here for an extensive list of other healthy options that you can buy at the grocery store.

What’s in your shopping cart?

 Love,

Ghada

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