Do you ever READ the ingredients on the label of the food you eat? Don’t you kinda want to know what you’re eating? It occurred to me sometime last year that I should think about this….
Sad thing is, no matter how much I research about food labels and how to read them, I STILL can’t make sense of them. I’m lost. But I think that is what the food companies want.
So my rules are:
- If I can’t read the ingredients on the label, I don’t buy it.
- Who are we kidding? I can’t find anything without food coloring, additives, or high fructose corn syrup, so I buy & eat produce and cook everything (get a subscription to Clean Eating Magazine….it’s wonderful).
- If it can sit it out for 2 weeks and shows no change or deterioration, I’ll pass.
- LÄRABAR. They are amazing and I have one in my purse at all times. LÄRABAR is a delicious blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. Made from 100% whole food, each bar contains no more than nine ingredients. Catch them on sale for $0.99 and I’m buying the whole box! www.larabar.com My favorites are Cherry Pie and Apple Pie.
- Produce. You’re going to hate me for this but this is it. Produce. I grab 2 or 3 recipes and hit the store. Generally, I buy:
- Meat: a whole chicken or chicken breasts (antibiotic & steroid free – I’m not sick so I don’t need antibiotics and I definitely don’t need steroids), chicken or turkey sausage, bacon, maybe a pork tenderloin or skirt/flank steak.
- Veggies: red onions (2), basket of cherry tomatoes, head of lettuce or bag of spinach, green onions, mushrooms
- Frozen veggies are awesome. Best to have in the freezer for when I need a last minute side. Don’t get the kind that are “lightly sauced,” just get the veggies. You can season them yourself with leftover garlic, evoo, a bit of salad dressing and/or salt & pepper.
- Berries: strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries (all in my fridge right now)
- Fruits: bananas (if a couple go bad, Mark makes banana bread and it’s AMAZING), large pineapple (slice it yourself! it’s easy and you get more for the $$$), a bag of apples/pears/grapes/oranges for grabbing on the go
- Starches: sweet potatoes (2), all natural granola, bread (my favorite is Arnold’s Health Nut), whole grain wraps.
- Creamer & eggs & FAGE greek yogurt (by far the best – and I HATE yogurt – just don’t get over 2%)