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What’s on our grocery list?

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Something Kim and I tell our clients to do all the time is to “eat real food.”

By that, we simply mean we want you to eat foods that aren’t processed. The more bio-available (the ability of your body to actually use the ingredients in the food you consume) food you consume, the better the fuel for your body.

Things like fresh fruits and vegetables (not canned; but frozen is good), fresh meats (avoid boxed, breaded, fried or extruded), and dairy.

But a question we often get is, “OK, so what does that look like realistically when I go grocery shopping?” You may have heard the suggestion to keep your shopping to the outside of the grocery store as much as possible, and this is true. Along the outside walls of most grocery stores are the produce, meat and dairy sections, which is where the real food exists – with some exceptions like rice and canned beans.

By shopping on the outside of the store, you avoid the aisles with all of the boxed, canned, or pre-prepped foods that tend to be of lesser nutritional value and often are heavily processed.

Here is our most recent grocery list, and as you’ll see, it is probably 85 percent made up of stuff found in three sections of the store: produce, meat, dairy.

Produce (all organic unless marked with *)

  • Asparagus
  • Frozen cauliflower rice*
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Red bell peppers
  • Garlic
  • Red cabbage
  • Cilantro
  • Green onions
  • Jalepeno
  • Ginger
  • Zuchinni
  • Green peppers
  • Tomato
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Butternut squash
  • Parsnips
  • Yellow onion
  • Bananas
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Romaine lettuce

Meats (all natural or organic)

  • Chicken
  • Strip steak
  • Ground turkey
  • Turkey deli meat
  • Whole chicken

Dairy

  • Sliced colby jack cheese
  • Cheesesticks
  • Eggs
  • Egg whites
  • Triple zero yogurt

Other items

  • Gluten-free bread
  • Soy sauce
  • Cashews
  • Fish sauce
  • Black beans
  • Coffee creamer
  • Ezekiel bread
  • Coffee

 

  • Guacamole
  • Protein packs (almonds, cheese and turkey cubes)
  • Kind bars
  • Applesauce
  • Tortilla chips

 

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