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How I Eat (My Shopping List 2.0)

Sarah Stanley

I receive a lot of questions and comments on the food I create. So in response to your feedback, I'm going to share a sample shopping list. I hope it helps you when you are grocery shopping! 2.0.1 My (few) criteria for what goes in my basket or cart: 

  • No GMO made products - either directly or indirectly (if you still don't know what that is, read this site for what they are)
  • No corn (read a label the next time you pick something up - you'll be surprised. If you don't know why you should eat corn, read this)
  • No fake sugar, white sugar, sugar substitutes, etc. I'm not vegan so honey in moderation is okay.
  • No dairy
  • Preferably organic
  • No additives, no hormones, no corn-fed meat, no nitrates, no MSG
  • No grains
  • No legumes
  • I limit canned, frozen, boxed food to none or rare

Based on that list, it pretty much eliminates a lot of choices! Since I've been cooking and baking for years (seriously) I actually don't make a meal list per-se. This is probably a shock to some of you! I love to experiment and create new recipes in the kitchen. So I buy things that I know I can create new, exciting dishes with.

2.0.2 My shopping cart or basket should always contain the following:

  • 80 percent organic, fresh produce (veggies and fruits)
  • 10 percent fresh, grass-fed beef and other natural meats and brown eggs
  • 10 percent nuts and nut-based product like Almond Milk Yogurt or Hemp Milk or Coconut Milk, Lara Bars or KIND Bars

2.0.3 About once or twice a month I'll buy earth-based supplements such as these:

  • Hemp Hearts (read this for why it is good for you)
  • Brewer's Yeast (read this for why it is good for you)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unpasteurized)
  • Wheat Grass Powder
  • Ground Flax Seed
  • Chia Seeds

2.0.4 What I drink:

I only drink water, so I don't buy any juice, coffee, beer, wine, hot chocolate mix, etc. I will occasionally buy herbal, caffeine free tea.

2.0.5 Sweet tooth:

Yes, like most of you, I have a sweet tooth. But you would never know it. If I want a sweet treat, I'll make a carob "fudge" sauce to go over some fresh fruit and nuts (so delicious) or have a KIND Bar (favorite is Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew) or a Lara Bar (Coconut Cream Pie or Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough) or a Bearded Brothers Bar (Mighty Maca Chocolate). The key with these "sweet treats" is that they are nut and fruit based with a little chocolate to satisfy the soul (and mind). So you aren't eating processed sugar. On a rare occasion (Four times a year) I will buy Coconut Milk Ice Cream. But usually I'll create and make my own grain-dairy-corn free desserts. It's a lot of fun experimenting in the kitchen! I love it!

2.0.6 Baking

I love to bake. But I didn't used to bake grain free, so it has been fun experimenting in the kitchen! This is my staple baking shopping list:

  • Almond Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Hazelnut Flour
  • Rumford Baking Powder (non-GMO, aluminum free)
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Carob Powder
  • Unsweetened Coconut
  • Carob Chips
  • Honey
  • Coconut oil
  • Eggs

You would be surprised at how much you can bake with those ingredients!

In the next How I Eat (My Shopping List 2.0)we'll cover spices, seasonings, oils, paring the different veggies together and the hot topic question "isn't it expensive?".

Have questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments below!