June Refresh: The Grocery List
June Refresh Series: The Grocery List
Summer is a great time to ditch heavily processed foods and eat all the fresh goodness that is available. During my June Refresh month, I plan to go to the grocery store twice a week and the farmer’s market once a week. That might sound like a lot, but because my focus is on whole foods it will require a lot of fresh produce. I do not like to let food sit around with the potential for going bad, so I plan a few meals and then purchase the items we need.
I once read about how different countries buy their food and fell in love with the French version. It is, buy what you need for the next day or two, fresh, and that is it. Going to the market is an experience not a chore. It is so different then how I see people shop in the US. I hear people make comments like “Ugh, I have to go to the store for groceries for the next two weeks.” And I get it, we are busy and there are cultural differences. However, I want to try to incorporate that slowness and connectivity to my food into my life. I want to be in a summer dress with a straw tote and hat, smelling peaches at the market.
Below is a grocery list of things I buy on a regular basis to create a variety of healthy meals.
- Free-range organic eggs
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Wild rice
- Lentils (dried)
- Black beans (dried and canned)
- Fruit: strawberries, watermelon, blueberries
- Greens: arugula, spinach
- Sweet potatoes
- Mushrooms (shitake)
- Small red potatoes
Beans and lentils are a great option to use for homemade veggie burgers. Combine with spices, garlic, onion, and fry them up in a little coconut oil! Use lettuce wraps instead of tortillas for black bean and avocado tacos. Roast small red potatoes with rosemary and add them to mixed greens for a hearty salad.
I visit Sprouted Kitchen blog for recipe ideas. They are always amazing and most of them can easily be transitioned into vegetarian or vegan.
Last, folks have been asking me about the structure to the diet. A few things:
I am not counting calories or macros. I find that when I eat mainly whole, unprocessed, plant-based foods that counting calories has little utility for me personally. While you can still consume too much using this lens of eating, it is much more difficult. That being said, if you find this important, incorporate it into your refresh!
Weight: I am not trying to lose weight per se. I do want to transition some of my weight that is now stored as fat to muscle. I want to gain strength and to be more fit in general. I hope to see physical changes in my body along the way.
I love your questions, keep them coming!