Walk with me down the only aisle I am ready for, that would be the grocery aisle.

So I received an overwhelming number of emails about my previous post on making a lifestyle change and forging a civil relationship with my body for the better… so much that I decided to get a little creative today and meander off the path of my usual posts. A lot of people asked what foods I incorporate into my daily diet and what I love to throw in my cart at the grocery store. So today, in honor of my FAVORITE activity, grocery shopping (Trader Joe’s, Trader Joe’s, Trader Joe’s!) I am showcasing the must-have items in my pantry.

And just to debunk any assumptions before I get started, people often ask if the organic life style is a more expensive one. My answer: Absolutely not! I find myself saving 20 to 30 dollars with every grocery trip by going to Trader Joe’s or a Farmer’s Market. Trader Joe’s deals directly with their vendors in order to supply the consumer products with a reasonable price attached. My rhyme and reason for a product making the cut in my book is quite simple: I pay close attention to the food and nutrition labels and I go by the rule of if I cannot pronounce the ingredients then I don’t make the purchase.

So grab your reusable shopping bags because we are moving down the aisles!

Whey Protein: People are often stunned when I say protein is such a huge part of my diet. I think a stigma comes attached that protein is only for hardcore body builders. But I absolutely recommend the extra grams if you are working hard to see results at the gym. I am a-d-d-i-c-t-e-d to protein smoothies (one every day). A scoop of protein, a cup of skim milk, some berries or a two table spoons of almond butter and a pinch of cinnamon… This makes for a delicious post-workout or morning treat. P.S. I buy my protein off of Amazon for much cheaper than GNC or other health stores. When in doubt of what kind to get go for the natural stuff.

Quinoa: So I recently stumbled upon this rice and I cannot get enough of it. It is actually one of the healthiest grains that you can eat, and if you are wondering what to pair it with… well anything! It is no different than adding brown rice to a meal. Quinoa is high in fiber and complex carbs (the good carbs) and is excellent to top off a salad.

Snapea Crisps: Two words: guilty pleasure. Crunchy like potato chips, this snack leaves me satisfied every single time. These little buggers are high in protein and fiber. And o.k., so they are not real vegetables, but they sure are a good sub in for my french fry and Cheetos cravings.

Almond Butter: I wish I could spread it on everything..and trust me, I try. Almond butter is a great way to boost the metabolism and enjoy the sweet and salty taste. I highly recommend almond butter in place of peanut butter, and if you are looking for a sweet breakfast treat just spread some AB on a pita with a banana. Beautiful.

POM Juice:It is always tough to distinguish what juice to get at the grocery store. Although OJ is always a good choice I tend to get nervous over the extra sugar often sneaked into the bottle. I don’t worry about that when I pick up POM Wonderful. These little bottles are tougher than they look. They are all natural and carry health benefits that exceed that glass of wine recommended daily.

Kashi Honey Sunshine: I have to be careful with this one: leave me unsupervised and the whole box will be gone in 10 seconds. I am addicted, maybe that is not even strong enough of a word, to this cereal! But this cereal is natural and absolutely delicious.

LARA Bars: These LARA bars are a new favorite in my pantry. Great for my 6:30am work outs, these bars are packed with unsweetened nuts and spices. Might I recommend the Apple Pie and the Cinnamon Roll? Typically I grab these bars for a quick “on the go” snack to curb my hunger before dinner.

Morningstar Tomato Basil Burgers: These products are meatless but  I seriously question how I ever lived without these things. I love popping one of these burgs in the microwave for a quick dinner on the run.

Tazo Tea: I cant say enough good stuff about this tea. Packed with antioxidants and tons of flavors to pick and choose from, Tazo steals my heart on a regular basis. The great thing about this company is that they work to have one-on-one relationships with the tea gardeners that they get their resources from. Not only is it good tea, but that’s great karma.

So that is just a basic look at some of the products that I cannot live without. Overall my diet consists of a lot of fruits, veggies, whole grains and nuts. I am a lover of spinach, egg whites, salmon and tuna as well. How about you? What makes your pantry complete?

24 thoughts on “Walk with me down the only aisle I am ready for, that would be the grocery aisle.

    1. I am pretty much infatuated with T-Joe’s.. especially the free sample table ha. I have never tried the acai juice before. Have you tried coconut water? I have been hearing a lot about it lately.


      Hannah Katy

  1. Wow, you are amazingly strong-willed! I’m all, Ooo, ice cream! Chocolate! Potatoes!


    I did go running tonight, though!

    (For the first time in like a year…)

    1. I think I saw that on your twitter! And trust me, the strong-willed thing took a longggg time to develop through all this.. And I am still a sucker for oreos with peanut butter anydayy.


      Hannah Katy

  2. wow wow wow. look at those healthy yummy finds! I never notice them before, but maybe I should next time I go to a grocery store.

    Just like Kristan, I see only the ice creams and chocolates and potatoes and wines down the aisle, haha…

  3. yummm love Trader Joe’s…and you’re right that the prices are really reasonable! My friends never go there because they think it’s more expensive when it really isn’t.

    Also, I love all of your choices! Two other things I’m all about right now are hummus and greek yogurt (especially the Fage brand)

    Keep up the great posts!

    1. Love love love greek yogurt! And roasted red pepper hummus goes in nearly all of my salads. Great choices love.

      And you are so right! My friends are the same, it is wild how people assume it is so much more expensive.. the price difference is insane, especially with fresh fruits and veggies.


      Hannah Katy

  4. Oooo, I love those Morningstar burgers!!! Trader Joe’s really does have the best stuff. Not necessarily the best produce, at least not out here in Boston. But, I’m a big fan of their nuts and dried fruits and their frozen goods.

    The only real staples I absolutely must have at all times are milk, naan, coconut water, eggs, peanut butter, and bananas. Random, I know.

    1. Ahh, you have tried the coconut water?! Do tell about it! How is it? And what is naan… I have never heard of it. But I am such a huge sucker for peanut butter/ almond butter with banana on wheat. Best sandwich ever.


      Hannah Katy

  5. First of all, I WANT YOUR ARMS! Sexy lady! Second of all, can I also be a roommate? How much fun would we have together?! LOL! 🙂

    I don’t live near a Trader Joe’s…or any health food store for that matter. 😦 But my grocery store does carry their own chain of organic food so I can get the taste.

    I really want to start having a smoothie in the morning but I need a recipe. I might try out your smoothie. 🙂

  6. Yay – I love that you read the labels, so great to know. Is POM Blueberry your favorite? I’m going to try the snap peas now, I always see them, but just haven’t tried yet.

    1. Beware… they are pretty addicting. And yes, POM blueberry and just the regular 100% pomegranate are my two favorites.. That stuff is so good! My favorite thing is that its wicked sweet but in a good way, I know I am not getting all that bad sugar along with it. It is a must-have in my fridge.


      Hannah Katy

  7. My pantry would suck without: Kashi Cinnamon Harvest cereal, Trader Joe’s caramel popcorn, Trader Joe’s cereal bars, lightly toasted almonds, dark chocolate bars, Tazo whiteberry blossom tea, soy protein powder, crystal light packets, and bear naked granola.

    I really want to try those morningstar burgers!

    1. Ha ha, it could be in the works… Hard for me to keep it up when all I want to do is bake all the treats on your blog.. Envious of your baking abilities.


      Hannah Katy

      1. The reward for working out is–cookies! (or cake, pie, muffins. etc.) 😉 But seriously. I’ve been trying to tone my arms for the past month, and yeah—they don’t look like yours in your FB pic quite yet. *jealous*!

        Keep up your amazing writing. You are going to go far… 🙂

      2. Thanks so much! That is so encouraging to hear… And might I recommend circuits? I dont rest in between reps with my arms.. I just work them til the point of overload, where I reach exhaustion. And that has worked amazing… Another thing that I do is I set a timer for 10 minutes and alternate between bis and tris for the ten minutes, no stopping… It really works your arms! Good for definition and sculpting. Jeepers I could talk about fitness ALL day.


        Hannah Katy

  8. blue corn chips & avocado, chocolate, coffee all kinds of nuts, pork (pulled, barbecued, ribbed) yogurt, icecream, cayenne & assorted other peppers(try some cayenne in your hot chocolate) love ya great pic

  9. GOOOOLLLLDFIIIIISH, i mean godfish. the salt and processed cheese is probably really good for you too right? Im also addicted to avacadoes and guacamole. yummmmm

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