Besides produce, dairy, and bakery products, you would also find these foods in our grocery cart.
MEAT – We look for labels that say grass-fed, no antibiotics, and cage-free. Chicken is typically our meat of choice, but we buy beef sometimes too. We rarely buy ham, turkey, or pork. We try to eat meatless meals several times a week. I like salmon, but I usually don’t because it’s expensive and often farm-raised (not as enticing as wild).
BAKING – I keep a well-stocked kitchen with sugar, brown sugar, flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, dry milk, cinnamon, spices, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, active dry yeast, oats, Ghirardelli chocolate chips, honey, etc.
FROZEN – We almost always have frozen blueberries, strawberries, and peaches in our freezer for smoothies. We also freeze whole bananas for that purpose. Other things in our freezer? Steam pack veggies (so convenient!) – peas, corn, carrots, broccoli, and green beans. Occasionally, we buy vegetable lasagna (but I’d rather not).
THE MIDDLE AISLES – We don’t buy very many foods here, but…we buy Bear Naked Granola (sprinkled on plain yogurt, it’s one of my favorite breakfasts!). We buy plain Cheerios (and drizzle it with 100% honey). We buy peanut butter – the kind you have to stir (we look on the label to make sure it only has 2 ingredients – peanuts, salt). We buy Sun-Maid raisins, dried fruits, dark chocolate, black beans, and pasta noodles. If we are at a health food store, I sometimes buy licorice or gummy bears (candy is healthier there, right?).
DRINKS – Tim loves coffee, but we don’t buy it at the grocery store. We get it almost exclusively from Camano Island Coffee. The girls usually get two drink choices at meals – milk and water. We have a filter on the tap…no bottled water. Tim enjoys good craft beers. I drink water 99% of the time, unless we buy Simply Orange Juice (I can drink a whole 1/2 gallon in one day – I like it that much). Every once in awhile, we’ll get A&W root beer for floats or a bottle of wine for dinner.
What is in your freezer right now? What drinks do you buy? What else do you purchase in these categories?