Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Grocery Shopping - My Clean eating Must-Haves

I get asked all the time what are those staples, the things you get every week that I should keep on hand if I want to eat clean? Well here are my Top 10, in no particular order.
1. Almond Milk

This is everyone's must-have, I am sure!  I usually drink Almond Milk and the brand that I love is Silk Unsweetened Vanilla.  Silk is the only brand that I have seen that doesn't have Carrageenan in it. Carrageenan is a known carcinogen so I like to stay away if I can!  

2. Ezekiel Bread:

I LOVE this bread!  I use the Regular bread with Sesame Seeds, English Muffins and the Raisin Cinnamon Bread.  They are in the freezer section at the grocery store and they need to be kept in the refrigerator or freezer once you get them home!  My kids also eat this bread.

3. Fruits:

My grocery cart includes lots of fruits. We love bananas, apples, strawberries, blueberries, mango, grapes, clementines....the list goes on and on!  I try to buy organic when available, and I always wash everything thoroughly.

4. Nut/Seed Butters:

Seriously I couldn't go half a day without these. All natural Almond butter, Peanut Butter and Sunflower butter are my favorites.  Just check the ingredients.  Some brands try to sneak in other ingredients.  It should just be the nut or seed and maybe some salt.

5. Greek Yogurt

I love Greek yogurt.  I used to get the brands that were sweetened with fruit but about 6 months ago I read about all the added sugar and questionable ingredients added to the flavored greek yogurts so I quit cold turkey.  I love plain, all natural Greek yogurt . I usually buy Chobani brand.  My favorite mix-ins are apple/cinnamon/honey and grapes/walnuts/Stevia. YUMM!

6. Veggies:

I try to get as many veggies as I possibly can during the day.  I love salads and roasted veggies. Baked sweet potatoes and roasted green beans are an every other day occurrence!  Some of my other favorites are cucumbers, carrots, peppers, brussel sprouts, asparagus, baby spinach, lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower.  I either get fresh or frozen for veggies. 

7. Tortillas

Now these are where I have a hard time being 100% clean.  It is VERY hard to find a really good brand of whole grain tortillas that don't have a million ingredients.   I usually eat them with some almond butter, a banana in the middle, and rolled up!  For corn tortillas, you can't beat Trader Joes.  They have a corn tortilla with only 3 ingredients!!  They are great for making your own chips!

8. Flax Seed Meal:

I could use all kinds of crazy words to describe the benefits of flax seeds.  The best way to put it is that it is high in Omega 3's and lots of great fiber!  Basically there is every reason in this world to add this to your diet.  I love it in my raw oat cereal and sometimes I blend it into my Shakeology.  That is my all time favorite way to eat it!

9. Hummus

I absolutely love Hummus as a dip for my raw veggies, or as a condiment with baked chicken. My all time favorite is the Roasted Red Pepper by Sabra, but they are all good.

10. Old Fashioned Oats

I was never a big fan of oatmeal growing up.  It wasn't until I started "eating clean" that I fell in love with oats. I love raw oat cereal, overnight oats, and oat muffins.   I eat oats almost everyday!!  Let me just add that these can lower cholesterol too!! 

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