No matter where you do your food shopping, there is a universal set-up of most grocery stores; Produce, and meat are (almost) always on the perimeter, and then dry, canned, and processed foods are sprinkled throughout the middle. The best advice I can give you is to shop the perimeter of the grocery store. You can get all your main sources of nutrition this way, only stepping into the aisles for a couple of extras like spices, rice, and toilet paper (please use that). If you just wander around the grocery store, it is so easy to get sucked into buying the “health foods” you don’t really need, but are marketed to make us want them. Shopping the perimeter allows you to get what you really need, without blowing more money on things that really won’t contribute to nourishing your body.
As a nutrition coach, I spend a lot of time in grocery stores, so I’ve put together a list of my favorite things at local grocery stores in this area so that if you get stuck, you can check here!
First of all, I love this place for veggies- they are usually pretty well-priced, and they have the basic necessities, so it’s great!
Veggies: Zucchini, Kale, Bell Peppers, Snap Peas, Cauliflower Rice, Brussel Sprouts
Dry Foods: Gluten Free Oats, Lentil Pasta, Chickpea Pasta, Frozen Rice pouches, Everything Bagel Seasoning (literally the best thing invented), Umami Seasoning (a close second)
Beverages: Spindrift Sparkling Water, Coffee Beans
Whole Foods is great for those local and/or obscure health foods that you might be looking for. Want No-Sugar-Added (NSA) Caffeine-free Kombucha? Got it.
Dairy/Dairy-Alternatives: Califia Farms Milks, Kefir Yogurt, local milk, Oat Dream Oat Milk
Beverages: Kombucha (NSA), Zevia Sparkling Water (not the stevia soda- this is WAY better)
Veggies: Sauerkraut (refrigerated section, by the Vegan ‘meat’), Kimchi (NSA), Fresh Pickles (NSA), White Sweet Potatoes, Japanese Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Sprouts
Sprouts is awesome for locally-grown veggies, and they have a great variety of other beauty and household products that I would just recommend using, as well as any supplement you may ever need (but you really don’t need any of them I’ll tell you right now).
Veggies: White Sweet Potatoes, Squash (Kabocha and Delicata are my faves, and when they’re in season they have them!),
Protein: Ground Bison, Lean Ground Beef, Chicken Breast
Dry Foods: Lentil Pasta, Chickpea Pasta, Sprouted Grain Bread (they have a bunch of options!)
If you need a lot of something, like a 10lb bag of sweet potatoes, this is the place for you! They also do have a great variety of veggies and meat!
Produce: Zucchini, Kale, Spinach, Cucumbers, Berries
Frozen: chicken breast, fish filets, berries, Quinoa
Dairy: Eggs, Yogurt
Meat: Lean Ground Beef, Chicken, Fresh Fish, Rotisserie Chicken (check seasoning to make sure NSA)
Dry Foods: Sparkling Water, Oats, Rice
These are some of my go-to places for grocery shopping. That being said, I don’t normally go to all of these places every weekend. Most of the time I do the majority of my grocery shopping at Trader Joes/ Sprouts and Costco, and I save Whole Foods for those very special items that I can’t get anywhere else. If you can afford to do all of your grocery shopping at Whole Foods, go for it! But don’t feel like you have to because its a “health food” store.
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