Thoughts while shopping…
Bakery and bread…
And dark German bread…
As I shop,
I remember my friends from all over the world.
Meat and Seafood
Skinless chicken and turkey breasts
Ground turkey and chicken
I think of my father,
Who introduced me to the sea and its treasures,
And has an amazing talent for cooking meats.
Pasta and Rice….
Squash for making pasta…
I think of my mother,
And her inspirational way,
Of making even the simplest foods a success.
Oils, Sauces, Salad Dressings, and Condiments…
Extra virgin olive oil,
Jarred capers and olives,
Hot pepper sauce,
I think of my brother in law,
And how he includes sauces with all foods.
Cereals and Breakfast Foods
I think of my sister and her love of breakfast.
Soups and Canned Goods…
Diced or whole peeled tomatoes,
Canned fruits and vegetables,
Tuna and salmon packed in water
Diced green chilies..
I remember my grandma,
And her amazing ability to can…
Frozen vegetables: broccoli, spinach, peas, and carrots (no sauce),
Frozen fruit: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries (without added sugar),
Low-fat ice cream,
Whole grain veggie pizza,
I think of my resourceful friends with young children.
Dairy and cheeses…
Skim or low-fat milk or soymilk,
Low-fat cottage cheese
Low-fat cheese or string cheese snacks
[Why can’t we get cheese here for a reasonable price?]
I think of my friends and family,
Who made me a natural food nerd.
Snacks and Crackers…
Dried fruit: apricots, figs, prunes, raisins, cranberries
Nuts: almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios (roasted and unsalted)
Seeds: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, whole or ground flaxseeds
Peanut butter, almond, or soy butter
Dark chocolate pieces (containing more than 70% cocoa),
I remember long hikes in the woods,
With my closest companions.
Fruit: bananas, apples, oranges, mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
Vegetables: sweet potatoes, baby spinach, broccoli, carrot sticks
I am reminded of my roots.
Unsweetened green and flavored teas
Calcium-fortified orange juice and other juices
I remember that life is a gift,
And to take it one step at a time.