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!
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
- Coconut oil
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?".