Happy New Year! I’m one of those people who likes to regularly set new goals for myself, but at the beginning of a New Year, I actually write those goals down and take extra thought and planning into how I’m going to accomplish those goals. I’ll share a couple of those with you today, that deal with health/nutrition. Besides maintaining my current exercise program that I’ve done for years now, I also want to be better about eating a lot more vegetables and greens(with every meal and snack), less sugar, and not eating so often. Ideally, I’d like to have my three meals, one of which is a green smoothie(and which I’ve been having daily for 5+ years now), and one snack; I used to have two snacks, but I don’t feel like I really need it, I just like it :). I’m currently reading and listening to, The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder, CN, which I am loving and which is helping me understand the science behind how our bodies work and the why’s and when’s and how’s of the foods we put into our body. I’m also having fun experimenting with her recipes in the back of the book; I’ve just borrowed it from our library but I may need to purchase a copy for my personal library.
Now, onto the subject of my post. People often want to know what I have in my fridge, pantry, and food storage and where I buy these things for the best price. I did my best to write down staples from the stores I shop at most often, but I’m sure I’m forgetting some things. It’s important to me to have these items on hand and in my storage because it makes cooking and eating whole foods that much easier, when you’re prepared and stocked. Before we go into that list, here’s a quick look at our food storage:
From top to bottom: Spelt(LOVE this grain; usually do 50/50 with wheat which helps cooked foods be not so dense and heavy had you just used only wheat ), almond milk, puffed brown rice cereal, Izze drinks for special occasions, Unbromated white flour (used sparingly), molasses, olive oil, coconut oil, pure maple syrup, powdered sugar (I decorate cakes), coconut sugar, rice cakes, vital wheat gluten(for bread making), spices, raisins, brown rice, applesauce, popcorn kernels, parmesan cheese, marinated artichokes, corn tortillas, canned beans and coconut milk, marinara sauce, natural peanut butter, almond butter, almonds, triscuits, canned fruit and tomatoes, more marinara, pasta and on the floor are big buckets of oats and whole wheat berries.
The two stores where I do most of my grocery shopping are Costco and Sprouts. Here is a list of the items I generally buy from those stores:
whole wheat bread
organic cane sugar
marinara sauce (no sugar!)
nuts: almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, sliced almonds
short grain brown rice
pure maple syrup
raw honey (just the small bottles for drizzling on sandwiches. I buy a big 60 lb bucket from a local bee keeper for baking)
eggs (no hormones and antibiotics, vegetarian fed, cage free)
2 lb block of cheese ($5) cheddar and mozzarella
spinach, chard, kale mix
rotisserie chicken (large, already cooked, $5; no hormones)
boneless, skinless chicken (no hormones)
all produce besides greens (I love all of it! and it’s so inexpensive!)
carob chips(Chatfield brand)
puffed kamut, brown rice and millet cereal
spelt (sometimes here or sometimes through a website: azure standard, which is usually cheaper)
Bragg’s liquid aminos (soy sauce substitute)
Friday night treats from the bulk section (we love the lemon covered almonds and the strawberry Aussie licorice; my hubs loves the dark chocolate covered peanuts)
I should have organized my fridge and pantry shelves before I took these pictures, but I didn’t, so you get it just as I see it everyday :). We go through a lot of produce so that’s mostly what the bottom half of our fridge contains, along with some eggs and plain yogurt. The top half has salsa, almond milk and whole cow’s milk, parmesan cheese, almond and peanut butter, hummus, home made chicken stock, pure maple syrup, and various leftovers including black beans, indian brown rice and coconut curry, and oatmeal. On the door we have some fruit sweetened jelly’s, feta cheese, lime and lemon juice, butter, cream cheese, curry paste, minced garlic, coconut water, banana peppers, mayo, hot sauce, newman’s own olive oil and vinegar dressing, ketchup (no high fructose corn syrup), artichokes and a yam.
In this cabinet I have a shelf with lots of quart and pint sized jars with various grains, seeds etc that I buy from sprouts in their bulk section.
And Here’s our pantry…sorry I had to do it in two pictures because I couldn’t fit both top and bottom in one picture. Also, not pictured is my big bucket of honey and my big bucket of oats which I keep in my kitchen behind my counter, and my produce that I keep on the counter with avocados, bananas, oranges and more apples. In the pictures below we have my wheat bucket, peanut butter, raisins, triscuits, whole wheat bread, peanuts, corn tortillas, homemade granola, sliced amonds, popcorn kernels, dates, chopped dates, quinoa, spelt, brown rice, puffed brown rice cereal, carob powder, coconut sugar…basically a lot of the stuff that’s down in my food storage.
I hope this helps you get an idea for some whole foods items to keep on hand which will make cooking and eating whole foods easier.