I have been receiving emails asking me what my staple foods are in my house. I usually answer each and every one but I decided that I would like to share with my readers what I buy and keep on hand.
I am going to focus on produce – my favorite!
I ALWAYS try to shop locally first. Food co-ops, farmers markets or looking for those wonderful “local” signs in the supermarkets. But in the winter it makes it near impossible. I also buy the majority of my groceries organic.
When you buy organic you do more than just preventing pesticides from being digested, you are making a HUGE impact on individuals and the environment.
- Cleaner water used and less chemicals leeching into our soil
- Cleaner air since there are no spray chemicals being used
- No growth hormones
- Protecting the farmers health as they are not breathing the chemicals
- Farmers who use organic methods are more likely to care about the Earth and the environment, making their footprint as small as possible.
Here is a website that quickly, yet effectively, explains why organic is the best choice. Can’t buy ALL organic produce, or is still a little unsure as to which you should choose? Here is a list of The Dirty Dozen.
Ok, back to the topic.
I love shopping for produce. The array of colors and smells excite my senses and I feel so good knowing that I am treating my body well.
So here it is: my go-to produce list
- Greens – baby spinach, romaine hearts, kale
- Onion – red and yellow
- Strawberries, or any other berry that is available
- Sweet Potato / Yam
- Brussels Sprouts
Other items that I pick up on a bi-weekly basis or when I get the urge:
- Bell Pepper – red or yellow
- Fingerling potatoes
- Spring Mix
- Bok Choy
- Citrus – oranges, Clementine’s, grapefruit
- Butternut Squash
Since I love juicing I do end up having a larger produce bill. BUT I simply love the way fresh juice tastes and makes me feel! It is a necessity in my diet.
This list will change from season to season. In the summer it is loaded with a lot more fruit but I simple cannot stand mealy, tasteless fruit in the winter. =( I miss my cantaloupe and watermelon!
Stay tuned for more of my Grocery List posts in the near future!