Monday, February 23, 2015

My Staple Grocery Items

When i was growing up (gosh I feel old saying that!!), I would often flip through the channels and finally settle on watching MTV Cribs Whatever happened to that show anyway?! I loved seeing how celebrities lived and how they decorated their homes. As much as I enjoyed seeing the ten cars that each celeb owned, my favorite part of the show was when they would do a fridge tour. Maybe that was a sign at a young age that I would be a dietitian "when I grow up."

As you would imagine, as a dietetic intern, I often get asked questions such as "what do you eat on a daily basis?" or "what are your staple pantry items?" To be honest, I love getting these questions because I completely understand the curiosity. After working out early this morning, I did some much needed grocery shopping to restock my fridge and pantry. Since I had purchased all kinds of typical "Amanda foods," I thought it would be fun to share some of the foods I almost always keep in stock.

Eggs // Since I don't always have a ton of spare time, eggs are so easy and delicious to whip up. I usually just scramble them with some vegetables that I need to use up and serve with some salsa. Doesn't get much simpler than that! I also love eggs because they have a high protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAA), meaning they have a balance of the nine essential amino acids while being easily digestible. (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2012).

Guacamole or Avocados // An avocado a day keeps the doctor away! Well, at least that is what a lot of the media is suggesting as avocados grow in popularity. Whether the hype is true or not, I almost always have either avocados or guacamole on hand. Lately the avocados at Aldi have not been ripe, so I just grab the pre-prepared guacamole. Learn more about avocados here!

Hummus // When it comes to hummus, I tend to go through streaks. Recently I have hopped back on the hummus bandwagon. While you could easily make your own hummus with chickpeas, I prefer simply grabbing a pre-made version. My favorite thing to do is cut up red and yellow peppers and dip them in hummus. I've also used it as a spread on whole wheat tortilla wraps. The options are endless!

Sweet Potatoes // Watch out, carrots, you aren't the only powerhouse in beta carotene! Sweet potatoes are a trendy food item. I often make mine like a baked potato and top with salsa, broccoli, and black beans. However, I've also made baked fries out of sweet potatoes. Browse around on Pinterest and you will be sure to find a wide range of sweet potato recipes to suit your cravings. 

Beans // Since experimenting with a strict vegetarian lifestyle earlier last year, beans are always in my pantry. I often change up the kinds that I have. Some weeks I have lentils and other weeks I have black beans or butter beans. 

Salsa // I am a huge fan of salsa! I top it on everything. Heck, sometimes I can just eat it by the spoonful. Enough said!

Almond Milk // I don't necessarily have anything against dairy milk, I just have a personal preference for almond milk. I find that it doesn't spoil as quickly, which works well for me. I use almond milk the most frequently when I make smoothies. 

Kale // I've been eating kale salads for a couple of years now. My biggest secret? Pre-make your salads with a vinaigrette on top. It is easier to chew and I personally think it tastes better when it has been marinated. 

Apples // There's nothing new about apples. They are easy to grab-n-go and taste great.

Frozen Veggies // For convenience and cost-effectiveness, I like to have at least one bag of frozen vegetables stocked in my freezer.

Pasta Sauce // I am OBSESSED with the Pumpkin Chipotle pasta sauce from Aldi. In fact, I think I even tweeted about it one day awhile back. Before I discovered this gem of a sauce, I would usually have a garden marinara sauce on hand instead. 

Greek Yogurt // I like regular yogurt, but I am more satisfied after having a thicker Greek Yogurt. I usually opt for the 100 calorie options available at the grocery store. 

Bananas // Just like apples, these are not a groundbreaking food item. Simple and cheap!

Zucchini // Zucchini is my latest obsession. I received a spiralizer for Christmas and am constantly making zucchini noodles and topping them with Pumpkin Chipotle sauce. To. die. for! Looking for a lower calorie noodle option? Give this a shot!

Cherry or Grape Tomatoes // Whether I put these in a salad or just eat plain, I almost always have tomatoes in my kitchen. 

Granola Bars // This past semester, I have been going to the gym at 6:30am on Mondays and Wednesdays.  I like to have a quick snack before heading to the gym. 

Others not pictured:

Frozen Berries // For smoothies, I always have frozen berries or other frozen fruit in my freezer. These are also great in your oatmeal during the winter months. 

Red Wine Vinegar // I love having red wine vinegar on my kale salads. If you aren't a huge vinegar fan, this might not be for you. 

COFFEE // How could I forget coffee?! I ALWAYS have coffee in my cupboard!! "Hi! My name's Amanda and I am a coffee addict!" There. I said it.

What food items do you always have on hand? I'd love to get some new ideas from you all!


  1. Love your list! I am also the type to get different beans every time I go to the grocery store, based on what I am in the mood for and then I am in need of X bean and I just regret not buying what I know I like! Lol. Zucchini noodles are such a great idea! And I'll head straight to Aldi and look for that sauce. ;-) Thank you for the ideas!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Gabriela! You should definitely try the zucchini noodles. The device I use is called a "Veggetti" and can be found Bed Bath and Beyond. It has changed my life!! I love the pasta sauce. There is also a Butternut Squash, but I love that chipotle spicy flavoring and am therefore a huge fan. I hope you find it!

      Have a great week! :)

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