Whole Foods Grocery Haul
Whole Foods is one of the main grocery stores I shop at.
Three very simple reasons: They have a parking lot, a coffee bar and all of my favorite groceries in one spot.
- They have a parking lot. Living in San Francisco with a 18 month old toddler – need I say more? Well, if you are not familiar with the city – or life with a toddler – yes I do need to expand on this. Grocery shopping in the city in an event in itself. Dealing with daily traffic and congested parking lots or street parking is a hassle. Whole Foods has dedicated parking garages – bless them.
- They have a decent coffee bar. Back to my life with a toddler: I have resigned myself to getting one stop per outing without too much of a fight. When is the last time you tried to strap a very curious, wiggly and not to mention strong toddler to a car seat? It’s hard. Especially when they start crying. That’s the worst. So, we get one stop per outing – making Whole Foods the perfect morning spot. I can get my groceries and coffee on my way out to the most conveniently located parking structure – did I mention the parking is usually underground? This means it’s a covered garage – rain or shine – Whole Foods has us covered.
- All my favorite groceries in one spot. Before I had Andie I would get all my produce at farmers market. I would haul 2 huge bags home on the super packed evening commuter L train every Wednesday. (The L train is the public transportation that stops by my place). I would buy my meats at the ferry building farmers market on Saturday. Before Andie, I could pick and choose where to get my groceries. Time was not an issue – now it is. Whole Foods has all of the products I need – all of them.
Whole Foods Grocery Haul
I am not a bargain hunter, that said – healthy high quality food is a priority in my house. I consider it an investment in our health and thank God (and my cooking) – it has paid off. We hardly ever get sick.
Andie is 18 months old and has never had more than a cold. She’s never been on antibiotics or even had a fever. We are lucky enough to have health insurance – if something (god forbid) were to go wrong with our health, we could go to the doctor and only incur a small co-pay.
Sadly, this isn’t the case with everyone. Despite new health care reform – people are still uninsured and having to pay out of pocket for medical treatment and/or prescriptions for ailments that can be avoided through healthy diet and lifestyle changes. High blood pressure, cholesterol problems, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease – most of these ailments can be avoided or reversed with diet and lifestyle changes but people don’t know about this.
Most people see Whole Foods or any other “fancy” natural grocer and think – overpriced, snooty, rip-off, blah blah blah. What they don’t see if wholesome fresh real food and healthier options when it comes to processed foods.
You can find organic cereals that are made with coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. You can find canned and jarred goods like spaghetti sauce and beans that are made with simple real food ingredients. Whole Foods has options, and I love it.
In my house, I cook for 3. It should also be noted that I actually eat, like a regular adult human being should. I don’t like being hungry.
We eat a lot of eggs, meats and veggies. Not seen are all the fats that I use – that will be for another post.
Now, what you’ve been waiting for – a peek into my grocery bags. Well – more like a nicely laid out display of my groceries. I took pictures and separated the items by type. I will try and tell you what I use the foods for too, or at least what they were initially meant for, my plans often change.
Without further ado, here they are:
VEGETABLES. This is a typical spread for us. Carrots, potatoes, jalapeños, dandelion greens, parsley, cilantro, zucchini, sweet potato and a big bin of super greens.
The big bin of greens is perfect for a quick green smoothie or sautéed greens – sometimes I will have them as a base to a meal like my simple bolognese recipe. You have to make a conscientious effort to get greens in your body – you need them.
The regular potatoes you see there are for my hubby. He loves mashed potatoes and I take advantage of that and cook them with nutrient rich butter from grass fed cows and raw cheese also from grass fed cows. I take my wins where I can.
The sweet potato and the dandelion greens went together, I made a dandelion green/sweet potato salad we paired with carnitas. I made a big batch and pretty much ate the same thing two days straight. When you make something that delicious – you don’t mind, trust me.
Carrots and zucchini – these are two of my the staple ingredients in my caldos (soups). You can find those recipes in my Gluten Free Mexican Recipe Ebook. You will find a bone broth recipe, albondigas recipe, caldo de pollo, picadillo and you can make them in the slow cooker or if you have time to spare – the stove top.
The jalapeños are for pickling. Have you ever pickled your own jalapeños? It’s super easy and they taste delicious. Also, you won’t have to worry about sneaky junk ingredients in conventional canned jalapeños. The recipe I use is also in my ebook – Gluten Free Mexican Recipe Ebook.
The parsley is for juicing. I love me a green juice with parsley. This here is my favorite green juice recipe.
Sonoma Brinary makes THE BEST pickled good – the sauerkraut and bread and butter pickles are delicious! Andie will nibble on those pickle slices like most kids eat chips.
The 365 Organic Italian Herb Spaghetti Sauce has great ingredients – no sugar. I like to keep a jar in the fridge for a quick bolognese for me or spaghetti for my hubby. If you are using Preggo – please stop.
Tortillas. Hello – we are Mexican and we eat tortillas. These little 8 count packs make me giggle a little because we could eat a whole pack in one sitting between the hubby and I but we usually don’t. Between making rice and and other starchy vegetables – we don’t eat as many tortillas as we used to. Also, organic is key. 90%+ of corn in the U.S is genetically modified and I try to stay away from that stuff as much as possible.
Late July Snacks – Organic Chia and Quinoa chips. I love these chips. These are perfect for dipping in chile or guacamole <—- those recipes are also in my Gluten Free Mexican Recipe Ebook, if your mouth is watering I suggest you buy it and make my recipes.
Organic Blueberries and conventional bananas. Not everything I buy is organic. I use the basic rule of thumb with fruit, if I and going to discard the peel – I buy conventional. We only buy organic berries. Tony and I grew up in Santa Maria California – where the strawberry fields are plentiful as are the pesticides, insecticides and other chemical fertilizers. I understand that organic standards allow for some use of organic pesticides but I and ok with some instead of all.
Dairy. Full fat and grass fed or at the very least, organic. I used to think I was lactose intolerant but as it turned out – I was just intolerant to junky conventional dairy. Conventional dairy cows are fed GMO feed which is not their natural diet and in turn they are sick most of their lives – having to be shot up with hormones and antibiotics most of their lives. Sound familiar? A cows natural diet is pasture, different kinds of grass which they get outside. Organic dairy cows have to be fed pasture 80% of the time and organic feed always. If you don’t trust the “organic” label. Do a little experiment on yourself. Buy a quart of organic full fat (vitamin d) milk and see how you do. I bet you’ll feel fine.
Here we have Kerygold butter which I use in a variety of ways – from cooking eggs to sauteeing greens and even in my coffee. Don’t knock it till you try it.
I use mozzarella cheese in my mashed potatoes and we also make quesadillas from time to time. Quesadillas with a side of guacamole – oh yes.
The yogurt. Andie and I are still experimenting with Yogurts. These do have sugar but since she eats like 3 spoonfuls of yogurt at a time – I’m not worried about it. These Stonyfield and Clover Organics yogurts are full fat which is important for all of us, not just babies. If you are still eating fat free or reduced fat yogurts – you should really read the ingredients. When food manufacturors take out the fat, they usually have to add sugar and salt to replace the flavor – this is not good. Your body recognizes healthy animal fats and puts them to good use! Fat does not make you fat – sugar and bread do.
ANIMAL PROTEIN – EGGS & MEAT
Eggs, oven roasted turkey breast, chicken drumsticks and pork shoulder. We eat eggs often. Think of eggs are little vitamins, they are delicious and they are nutritious and if I hear you complain about eggs being expensive – I may lecture you. Eggs are not expensive, iPhones are expensive, brand new cars are expensive, fancy dinners out are expensive. Eggs are not.
Turkey deli meat. Andie likes it, Tony likes it – so I buy it.
Drumsticks. I bought them to make my caldo de pollo but instead ended up frying them in their own fat with some Redmonds Real Salt and organic garlic powder. We ate them with rice and guacamole <— the chicken, rice and guacamole are also recipe in my Gluten Free Mexican Recipe Ebook .
The pork shoulder I made into carnitas. The slow cooker recipe, also in my ebook. Seriously, it’s way easier to make your own than to drive across town to get the carnitas you like plus you will know exactly what is in them – no mystery ingredients.
Well that is it my friend. I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my whole foods grocery haul. If you found this helpful and know of anyone that would benefit from this information please be sure to share this article on all your social media channels!
All my love,