Grocery Store Staples

I hope everyone had a great weekend! They sure do go by fast! I spent time with friends, drank and ate too much, and ya know…it happens! Livin’ it up this August! ūüėČ

Yesterday, it was time for my weekly grocery shopping trip. ¬†I am that weird girl who loves the grocery store and grocery shopping, always have. ¬†I actually look forward to it. ¬†Yesterday, I woke up in a mood. And, it was not a good one. Just couldn’t seem to kick it. ¬†Weirdly enough, I was looking forward to getting out of the house for some time by myself and getting in the grocery zone. ¬†I know, so strange!

I thought I would share some of my grocery staples that I try to buy every week! Staples are my go to items for meals and snacks! grocery staples

 

1. ¬†Eggs. ¬†I try to always have eggs in the house. ¬†They are great snacks when hard boiled, make a quick veggie scramble, and even better when your recipe calls for them!¬†Side note…Ever all of the documentaries and lectures I have attended, I always TRY to choose organic eggs.

2. Fruit. ¬†If its there, I will eat it. ¬†Bananas are my go to’s! I mean, fruit is the best snack ever! I have really been trying to pre-cut most fruit, just to make it that much easier to grab! I added frozen mango and pineapple to yesterdays trip. ¬†So easy to throw into smoothies!

3. ¬†Raw nuts! I love Trader Joe’s packaged snack size raw nuts. ¬†Fantastic for on the go. ¬†You can throw a bag in your purse and out the door you go! A great grab and go option. ¬†If they are not pre-packaged, I tend to over eat them.

4.  Lean protein.  This week, I grabbed two packages of organic chicken breasts.  I love throwing chicken in the crockpot for wraps and salads OR marinade for the grill.

5.  Canned beans.  This might seem odd to some, however, I always try to make a bean salad for the week.  Yesterday, I made a veggie black bean salad.  Its my fav! A great salad to pack for lunches! Sometimes its northern beans or even chickpeas! Beans stay with me for awhile and make me feel satisfied.

6. Veggies.  This is obvious right?! Yesterday, I made the point to pre-cut all veggies and place in clear containers on my fridges top shelf! That way, I open the fridge and BAM, I see cucumbers, carrots, and peppers. lol!

7. ¬†A fun snack! I love food, and I love trying new items! I picked a dill pickle popcorn! If you love dill pickles…then this option is for you! Very good!

8. Dips! If you know me, you know I love dips.  So a good lunch for me tons of veggies and hummus or guac! So I always try to have some in the house!

9. Seltzer water. ¬†¬†When I am craving a drink, this is perfect!! ¬†I have been buying tons of seltzer and I’ll add fruit to it or plain. ¬†And lately, I am obsessed with La Croix! LOVE!!

10. Coffee. Need I say more?! Oh, organic half and half.

If you follow me of Instagram…(which you should!) you would know that I ran out of half and half on Saturday morning. Mini crisis. I solved the problem by going to¬†Starbucks drive thru! ¬† #1stworldproblem #Thestruggleisreal

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So those are¬†some of my staples! Sometimes it switches up depending on season. ¬†Lately, I have really have not been feeling yogurt. ¬†I have been trying to avoid some dairy because of how it has been making me feel. ¬†And ya…Happy Monday folks!!!

What are your staples?! Can you drink your coffee black or die when your out of creamer?! ūüėČ

Three Seed Breakfast Bars

Happy Tuesday! Let’s say I may still be struggling after an awesome weekend at my old stomping grounds, Kent State! It was homecoming!! Such a blast from the past! I enjoyed every minute!

I came home early Sunday afternoon and started preparing right away for the week! Stocked up at the grocery store, baked some pumpkin carrot cake (just because I am obsessed with pumpkin), and made a delicious grab and go granola bar that is healthy.  A granola bar that you can pronounce all the ingredients, it has zero chemicals, zero preservatives, and is really yummy!

Let’s take a look at ¬†two popular granola bars that you can buy at the grocery store, shall we?

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Check out those ingredients. ¬†Remember, ingredients are listed in descending order by weight. The first ingredient listed is present in the largest amount. What do you think? I see sugar, corn syrup, different types of oil, partially hydrogenated oil and a few extra things that I do not know what they are, EW! This is only two types of granola bars, there are TONS of options. Some may be better and some are way worse. ¬†Granola bars that you buy in a grocery store are not only expensive but simply just not good for us! We are not getting a lot of bang for our ‘healthy’ buck! And what I mean by that is you’re not getting a lot of dense nutrients.

The message here is stay clear of what I call “Fake Health Foods”, make your own at home that taste better and fresher. And, this recipe, for my five seed granola bars, is very adaptable! It’s as easy to make as rice crispy treats! I bought all my ingredients at Giant Eagle Market District, they have an AMAZING bulk section. ¬†So, I was able to buy foods that are often expensive at very low costs, and in the exact amount I needed them in. ¬†So I would recommend finding a grocery store that has a bulk section, check out Whole Foods!

Three Seed Breakfast Bars

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  • 1 1/4 C old fashion rolled oats
  • 1/3 C raw unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 C Raw Pumpkin Seeds (Green Pepitas)
  • 2 Tbsp Flaxseeds
  • 2 C Whole Wheat puffed Cereal (or regular, whatever you can find!)
  • 1/2 C Chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 C Dried Blueberries
  • 1/4 Almond Butter (I used freshly ground)
  • 3 Tbsp organic honey
  • 3 Tbsp organic brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray 8 inch square baking pan with non-stick spray
  2. Spread oats, sunflower seeds, pepitas, and flax seeds on a rimmed baking pan.  Bake, at 4 min, shake pan to mix, continue baking another 4 min OR until flagrant and lightly toasted. Transfer to a mixing bowl.  add cereal, apricots, and blueberries; toss to combine
  3. Combine almond butter, brown sugar, honey, vanilla, salt in a small sauce pan.  Set over medium-low heat and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture bubbles around edges.  Pour almond butter mixture over cereal/seed mixture and stir until combined.  Then pour into your ready pan.  Coat hands with non-stick spray and press mixture down firmly to make an even layer.
  4. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.  Cut into 12 bars.

Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers 

I suggest you make these for your friends and family…today! ¬†Yes, these may have sugar in them, however, you control how much, these are so adaptable! Unlike the bars you buy in the stores, you know exactly what your feeding yourself or loved ones! Eat these along with a piece of fruit and some coffee, your breakfast is set!

Enjoy!!