Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Groceries & What's in my Fridge!

I have to admit, my take at the grocery store today looked freakin' amazing.  

I feel SO good about myself when I'm in line, my stuff looks like this, and I look at other people's garbage in their carts.  ...Actually, I feel good about myself, but I feel really sad that people eat so much trash.  Why can't we all live in a happy world of fresh fruit and veggies?

SO!  Here's a little bit about my groceries, my fridge, what I eat.  It's not everything, but it's a lot of what I like, and like to have.

Our grocery store has these great little "100 calorie packs" of dried fruit / nuts.  And you guys?  They're TINY.  These are really tiny.  What you THINK is 100 calories, is probably twice that.  Weigh, measure, or buy pre-weighed.  Seriously.  <3

Blueberries 2/$5.  Love those sales.  Also some grapes.  Trying to re-kindle my love affair with fruit now that it's not off limits.  Also a beefsteak tomato for sandwiches.  ($2.18!)  Some raw green beans for snacking.  There's also fresh broccoli there for salads and snacks.  Oh~!  And we can't forget about the sweet potatoes (yams.)  These are delicious, and Dan will be stoked I got some.

 A lime to try to make the water drinking situation more interesting, and some bananas.  Light & Fit yogurt (vanilla all the way,) and a spaghetti squash.  YUM!  Got some yummy looking Rinaldi healthy spaghetti sauce.  It's 70 cal per 1/2 cup.  I'm going to share a little recipe later this week with it!

Red bell pepper (I probably pound through two or three of these in any given week.  I eat them in everything - tuna salad, salads, eggs, dipping in hummus.  YUM.)  Cherry tomatoes for salads, decaf coffee, a huge bag of oranges!  These will be dessert for the week. 

The Anti-Jared's post about Greek Yogurt has inspired me to try some.  Of course I didn't remember what kind he liked, and I ended up getting Chobani, which apparently he does NOT think is the greatest.  But, I'm excited to try it anyway.  I'm not brave enough to try the plain stuff yet, so I'm starting with vanilla. :)  Also, I got some light string cheese (@50 cal per, it's a great healthy snack.)  Also some Campbell's Select Harvest soups.  I love soup.  I know it's high in sodium, but I LOVE IT.  Especially because I live in Wisconsin and it's freakin' cold here in the winter.  I also found this great Ronzoni pasta, it's rainbow fettuccine, and I can't wait to make it.  I'll share that meal later with you guys, too.

Coffee creamer.  Green leaf lettuce, green grapes. 

I also have Lean Cuisine in my freezer for nights I don't feel like cooking.  I'm sort of embarrassed about this because I've been leaning toward more clean eating and these are nice and processed.  I hope to phase this type of eating out in favor of at least organic, preservative free alternatives.  But damn, I'm cheap, too.

Other stuff I always have.  Spinach.  A giant, huge, massive thing of it.  I live off of this stuff.  (The ridiculous muffins there and the creamy yoplait belong to Dan.  I don't eat that.)

Eggs.  White wine.  Obviously.

Goat cheese = my new love.  Fresh salsa = beats the crap out of Pace.  Hummus and grilled chicken ready to put into a salad.  These are staples, yo.

My crisper drawer.  Pre-cleaned, pre-sliced celery sticks for dipping into the aforementioned hummus or just snacking on.  Other veggies for chopping, etc.  What's underneath is some avocado and sliced mushrooms.  Also I usually have to have some asparagus, but occasionally I'll forget I have it and it'll go bad.  I need to keep it out of the crisper drawer to remember to eat it!

So aside from drinking the Diet Coke, Coffee and Crystal Light, I am really trying to up my protein intake.  So, I like to do 8th Continent Soymilk.  I drink the "Light Original."  It's only 50 calories for 8oz, and has 6g protein and 380mg potassium. Oh, and it's delicious.  It tastes WAY better than any other light soy milk I've ever tried.  Also love glasses that show the 8oz mark.  I'd be very likely to just pour a huge glass of whatever I'm drinking, but when I see that line, it reminds me where 1 serving actually is.  

Oh, and wanna see what we chowed down on for the Playoffs game?

GO PACKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Lori said...

People who think vanilla yogurt is boring don't know what they are's the best!!

Dennis & Jodi said...

I would really love for someone to come and not only do my groceries for me... but the planning and cooking for all 6 of us for about a month... r u up for it!? Your groceries look way more interesting than what i buy! ☺

Fat Girl Fights Back said...

I've tried the pasta and it is FABULOUS! You will not be disappointed!

I've also been digging black grapes lately. So much so that I'm almost spoiled - the green or red variety just don't cut it anymore. LOL

Great shopping venture! Look forward to reading more of your blog.

Oh, and let me add, that my word verification word is "fooke" which I just find funny and had to share. FOOKE!

Molly said...

Your blog is inspiring me, Jen! I've just kicked off my 1st diet ever this month and I've been working out, counting calories...all new stuff for me.

And I thought I was the only goat cheese fanatic on earth, I put that stuff on everything!

K said...

Lime is really good added to green tea - if you are a tea person.

I refer to Lean Cuisine as the lesser "evil boxed frozen food things." I still keep them around as lazy day meals. :)

Unknown said...

great choices! i am also in love with goat cheese :) soooo creamy, yum!

Lindsay said...

When I started transitioning from sugary yogurt to plain yogurt, I added fruit and a little honey. I slowly reduced the amount of honey until I could eat it with just the fruit as a sweetener. A little bit of lemon curd is also AMAZING!

Jennifer said...


Fantastic post though - made me super hungry!!!

Chrissy said...

Great post! You're such an inspiration. Our starting stats and goals are almost identical, I just hope I see the same results!

jennifer said...

Oh my goodness those plates look so good. Don't be scared for plain greek yogurt. It's the best! I like mine with chopped nuts mixed in with dill pickles on the side. Strange but good.

Anonymous said...

As Chrissy says, you truly are an inspiration!

I've been clean / healthy eating since the beginning of January & I love grocery shopping now...knowing that every thing in my cart is good for me is an amazing lift to self esteem!

Chuck said...

Jen, what a great looking haul from your shopping. I would switch from the creamer-by-the-bottle and go with the International Delight individual serving creamers. They come in several flavors and you'll skip the partially hydrogenated oils in the bulk creamer. Also I know as hard as it is, you gotta lose the Diet Coke. I drank it for years so I know the struggle but getting off it will help you tons toward your goal. EVERYTHING LOOKS AND SOUNDS GREAT!

On to the Packers. I love having a fellow Packer fan to route with. Their last two games have me really stoked for the SB. Speaking of is right here in Dallas about 20 minutes from where I live...can you believe it! I have watched every SB and all three of GB's wins and now I am in the friggin' city where it it going to be played, with MY team in the game...and I can't go!!!! Arrrrgggggg!

Anyway...great job with the food and GO PACK GO! I have got to get to Lambeau next year just to see it and tour their HOF.

Anonymous said...

Where did you et those glasses? I dirty a million measuring cups a day measuring out everthing. Gonna be on the look out for those. Oh and would you mind comeing down here to IN to shop for me and teach me everything. lol

Oh and GO PACKERS!!!

theantijared said...

The Anti-Jared is giving away yogurt????? I am SOOOO there!!!!!

I am going to say "Go Packers" as well. I like the Aaron Rodger's champion belt thing.

Kate said...

Oooh, I lovelove chobani! I've tried a few different Greek yogurts and it's number one in my book. The vanilla is good, but strawberry is my fave. Mmmm. That reminds me, I have some in the fridge, it's definitely going to work with me!

Marilee said...

I LOVE GOAT CHEESE!!!!!!!!! That is all.

Lindsey said...

I think finding good tasting, healthy recipes has been me and the hubby's biggest challenge lately. Sigh.

O. said...

whoa, look at all that healthy food. everything looks delish.

Erin said...

I just wanted to let you know that this post inspired me to buy the Ronzoni Garden Delight pasta. I told my husband I would make him fettucine alfredo for dinner and I was looking for a way to make my portion healthier -- voila!

grace martin said...

fresh and easy greek yogurt in honey is amaazzinngg =)