Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Tipster: Grocery shopping with Erika

Hello Friends!
I'm so thrilled to say that today I went to the gym and did a total body workout with weights. Granted, I was using the 5lbs weights, but that's ok because at least I feel a lot better! After my weight lifting session, I went outside and jalked, yes jalked! I jogged so slow that I was pretty much walking. Anyway, I jalked 2 miles and then called it quits. My knee feels about 80% better, but I still have to rest it so it could heal up completely.

 After my run, I decided to head over to Publix (the local supermarket in South Florida) and buy some groceries for the week. These are the guidelines that I follow when I buy food at the grocery store:

  • Most of the food that I choose are on the perimeter aisles (this is where you find the meat, produce and dairy products).
  • I try to choose foods that are fresh versus in a can or frozen.
  • I stay away from highly processed foods that contain artificial ingredients and a ton of sugar.
  • I make sure that I am not hungry when I go grocery shopping so that I won't "eat with my eyes." People tend to pick up things that they normally wouldn't choose because they're hungry.
  • I choose foods that are whole wheat and organic if possible.

I spend most of the time here.
I grabbed: green beans, raw garlic, oranges, grapefruits, asparagus, sweet potatoes, bananas, fruit bowls and avocados.
Organic chicken.

Organic eggs.

Plain Greek yogurt.

Almond milk.
Organic cold-pressed olive oil.


Organic oat bran.

Coconut chips.
I hope these tips helped!
What do you normally buy when you're at the grocery store?

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  1. Jalking! Love it!
    I'm like you and mainly shop the perimeter of the grocery store (have you read the book by Micheal Pollen, In Defense of Food? Great book and talks about shopping in this way) My cart gets filled with fruits, veggies, whole dairy, eggs, chicken & turkey, nuts & seeds. And for the kiddos, whole grain sprouted bread, and brown rice pasta. All organic and as local as possible.

    1. That sounds really healthy to me! I'm going to look that book up! Thanks.

  2. Hey there-
    I just found your blog last week and love it! Love your positive writing.
    Like you, try to eat very healthy and love my almond milk! I just found out about an ingredient called carrageenan earlier this year. It is in many brands of almond milk, Blue Diamond included. You can google it to find out why scientists are recommending not ingesting it. I just wanted to share that information with you, as I had no idea! I found a few brands that do not have it listed, so it hasn't been a problem! :)

    1. Hello there! Thank you so much for that info! Which almond milk do you buy?

    2. I buy the Trader Joe's brand, or Fry's grocery has an organic line called "Simple Truth".
      here is a link that has a complete list of products that do and do not contain it.

      and this is the article from an AMAZING vegan blogger who has awesome recipes.If you haven't read her blog, go there, you'll love it! My fave recipe is her veggie burger...delicious!!

    3. Hi! I love your tips. I was going to say the same thing about the carrageenan. I buy the Whole Foods brand. It's on the cheap side which is a bonus for $2 bucks a carton.

    4. Thanks so much for the info. I can't believe I've been drinking that brand for so long now. These are great tips! Thanks again =)

  3. I never realized how I really only shop the perimeter of the grocery stores until you mentioned it here! I LOVE when people post about what healthy foods they include on their grocery lists! I didn't think to take pictures of my basket, but here is a similar post I put up last week:

    With the coconut chips, do you add them to meals or eat them as a snack?

    1. Jen, I usually put the coconut chips on my oatmeal, but I've heard that they are great for baking and for smoothies.

  4. I usually shop at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. I avoid processed or prepared foods. I love cooking, and make most of my food from scratch. I also love Greek yogurt, so that's a staple I always stock up on.
    I drink non-dairy milks, but lately I've been making almond milk myself. It's super easy, and you know exactly what's going into it!

    1. Jo, what brand of Greek yogurt do you buy? I always stay away from dairy, but I've been considering Greek yogurt. What are your thoughts?

  5. Glad you're on the mend!!!! Nice work getting a workout in, I hope the knee continues to improve!!!

    Staples for me are Greek yogurt, Arnolds flat breads, spinach, berries, gluten free pasta, salmon, chicken, brown rice & Quinoa, Raspberry preserves ( I eat PB&J all the time) etc.

    1. Laura that sounds super healthy! That's great. You wanna know something? When I was doing the Weight Watchers diet in college all I ate was PB&J sandwiches. It's all I could afford. I would measure the PB and the jelly, but hey it worked!!

  6. I'm glad you're feeling better! Staples on my grocery list are sweet potatoes, beets, spinach, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, broccoli, almond milk, almonds, salmon, chicken breast, and greek yogurt. I changed my diet about a year ago because I was doing a healthy skin diet "experiment" for Glamour magazine. I loved the results so much that I stuck to eating tons of fresh fruits and veggies!

  7. We actually eat very similar. Keep it up! =)