Monday, January 30, 2017

Grocery Haul 2.0

Monday, January 30, 2017
Hey guys! It's been a long time since I've done a grocery haul recap, so I decided to share this week's goods with you all. This week, I got my groceries at Whole Foods Market and Trader Joes. 

Of course there a lot of pantry staples that I did not buy in this haul simply because I haven't run out yet! I will note most these items below :)

Spring mix  |  Spinach  |  Japanese sweet potatoes  |  Avocados
Bell peppers  |  Cucumbers  |  Lemon  |  Lime
Jalepino peppers  |  Baby carrots  |  Cauliflower/broccoli mix
Brussel sprouts  |  Riced cauliflower  |  Rapine
Frozen mango  |  Bananas

Nothing makes me happier than a huge load of fresh produce! *insert nerd emoji here* I like to buy a big container of spinach and spring mix to use in smoothies, soups, or salads during the week. As for fruit, I only got bananas and frozen mango since I already had frozen berries and fresh passionfruit at home. Frozen mango and bananas are my fruit staples and a daily occurrence either in my smoothies or my oatmeal. Mangoes are amazing fresh but I personally have a tough time deciphering if they are ripe or not, so I often stick to frozen which never lets me down! I got raw veggies for snacking on with hummus (carrots and cauliflower/broccoli). The rest of the vegetables and greens will be making their way into homemade turkey chili, salads for lunch, and as roasted sides to accompany my meats and fish at dinner.

Peanut butters  |  Canned beans  |  Diced tomatoes
Salsa  |  Dark chocolate chunks  |  85% dark chocolate
Mixed salted nuts  |  Hummus  |  Almond cream cheese

I finally got my hands on Kite hill almond milk cream cheese, yayyy! I tried this crack this morning and all I can say is if you are hesitant to try a vegan cream cheese, start here! It truly tastes like the real thing and has a exceptionally short and pure ingredient list (the first and sometimes only place I look!) I got a lot of beans and diced tomatoes because I plan to make turkey chili. I got 85% dark chocolate and a couple jars of peanut butter, not because I am out, but because you can never have enough, IMO ;) Another big staple for me lately is COLLAGEN! I have been buying the original collagen peptides from Vital Proteins and have been obsessed. They are unflavored and make my smoothies and oatmeal super creamy. Why collagen, you ask? Here are a few reasons why I take it daily:

Promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails.
Contributes to deeper sleep.
Increases athletic performance and helps achieve a lean body.
Helps keep bones healthy and strong. 
Supports joint health. 
Promotes healthy immune, digestive, and central nervous systems.

Chicken cutlets  |  Ground turkey  |  Ground lean beef
Frozen wild salmon  |  Mango 4% Siggis yogurt  |  Parmesan cheese

This week I got ground turkey for my turkey chili, ground beef for my Pasta with rapine, portables and pine nuts, frozen salmon filets, and chicken cutlets. Instead of prepping my lunches for the whole week on Sunday, I prefer to go with the flow and have whatever I feel like having that day. It may be salads, turkey chili, leftover salmon or chicken with sweet potatoes/veg. It's always changing! I usually have smoothies & toast or oatmeal for breakfast, but when I am in the mood for yogurt, Siggis is my go-to! I was ecstatic to find it in mango! Siggis is my favorite brand because the ingredient list is super short and their flavored yogurts are naturally super low in sugar, unlike most greek yogurt brands.

Tortilla chips  |  Whole wheat bagels  |  Whole wheat pasta
Multigrain baguette  |  Almond flour tortillas (technically GF)

Staples I already had in my pantry are ezekiel sprouted grain bread which I use for toast, and quick oats for oatmeal. I rarely get bagels simply because I don't often crave them, but since I found the almond milk cream cheese, I had the hankering for a doughy bagel! I chose the whole wheat bagels from whole foods bakery and WOW I forgot how amazing a chewy, soft bagel is. Another new find for me was the Siete almond flour tortillas! Clearly I am not against gluten, but I am always excited to try new products that can reap more nutritional benefits than their counterparts! These tortillas cost a pretty penny but are packed with healthy fats, protein and fiber. That in a tortilla is a win. I see myself using these for tacos and lunch wraps in the future. I stuck them in the freezer so that they last longer since I don't think I will use them within a week. 

Kombucha  |  La Croix seltzer  |  Almond milk

I almost always have two cartons of non-dairy milk in my fridge at all times. I love Silk unsweetened cashew milk, or unsweetened vanilla almond milk. We already had cashew milk in our fridge, so one carton it was! I use this daily in my coffee if I am having it, in my smoothies, oatmeal, you name it! The kombuchas pictured is also only half of the amount I go through in a week. It's funny because years ago, I used to consider kombucha a splurge $$$ and would only get 1 or 2 a week. Now, I think I drink one every single day. But hey, everyone has their vice! Some people buy lunch every day or get manicures weekly. My vice is daily booch! :) It's a healthy addiction to have since it promotes a healthy gut and digestion. The ginger is my favorite because it helps me deal with my occasional nausea and tummy issues. It's also really refreshing after meals because ginger helps with digestion and that post-meal bloating that occasionally happens! It's also energizing, alkalizing, and immune boosting.. I could go on and on. I feel great drinking it, so that is why I do :) La Croix is by far my favorite brand of seltzer! Seltzer is so satisfying when I am craving that cold carbonation. Their flavors are very unique and most importantly, naturally derived. As you may know, many brands of seltzer state "natural flavors" in their ingredients. What many people do not know is that these "natural flavors" may contain castronium which is a fancy word for extract from the anal glands of beaver. Gross, right? Unfortunately the FDA only required they state "natural flavors" on products so unless your seltzer states "no castronium" then you could be drinking extracts from unfavorable places. I did some research on La Croix website and found out that their natural flavors are completely derived from the natural essence of the fruit in which the flavors are from. 

"The flavors are derived from the natural essence oils extracted from the named fruit used in each of our LaCroix flavors. There are no sugars or artificial ingredients contained in, nor added to, these extracted flavors."

via La Croix

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Feel free to post any questions about my grocery haul or meals :)

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