THE FIT GIRL GUIDE TO GROCERY SHOPPING
I always do a big shop on the weekends because after working a long day all I want to do is go home to my fiance, cuddle up on the couch, and binge the latest episode of Friends, or Shameless, or anything else that we are currently obsessing over. I'm starting a series on my blog that will guide you through the grocery store. From healthy shopping lists, and detailed food items for specific diets, to my own grocery shopping guide to help you save time and money while putting a squeaking cart down brightly lit aisles, I'll share it all with you! Today we are focusing on everything that I buy each time I go to the grocery store, my pantry staples, my fridge necessities, my go-to snacks! Buckle up babes because I'm going to show you my top tips and secrets for saving time and money while eating HEALTHY!!
Meat & Fish
If you're not restricted to eating meat then try to eat lean turkey, chicken, or fish 3-4 times a week! If you're in a jam pop some yummy chicken in the oven and sprinkle it with herbs or lemon pepper. It's a quick weekday meal that I make way too often.
Dairy isn't for everyone, or at least it shouldn't be if you have autoimmune diseases or other inflammatory issues. I used to love eating cheesy pasta, mac and cheese, cheese sticks, cheese sticks and any other form of cheese I could get my hands on. When I developed severe lactose intolerance I decided to ditch the Activia and other dairy products and switch to even better-tasting alternatives. Daiya has some delicious gooey and easy melting cheese perfect for pizzas and pasta, where Silk has their own line of milk and dairy-free yogurt! *Here's a hint: you can get coupons for these pricey alternatives on the brands website!
I love butter like if I could sit around eating sticks of butter from different lands I totally would! Instead of slathering your dinner (or breakfast) in gobs of butter use olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil!
Nuts & Seeds
If you have thyroid disease or Hashimotos like I do then you should eat nuts very sparingly. Nuts are full of healthy fats and can keep you full if you're really craving sweets or salt. To add some healthy seeds to your diet try chia seeds, they're pretty amazing in over night oats!
Fruits & Vegetables
If these fall in the "dirty dozen" then try to buy organic or from your local farmer, and if you have thyroid disease stay AWAY from nightshades!
Generally low in pesticide residues:
6 Sweet peas
9 Domestic cantaloupe
13 Sweet potatoes
Consider buying organic:
6 Imported nectarines
7 Imported grapes
8 Sweet bell peppers
12 Kale/collard greens