A Shopping List

Thoughts while shopping…

Bakery and bread…
Whole wheat bread,
Pita pockets,
English muffins
Whole-grain flour tortillas…
As I shop,
I remember my friends from all over the world.images.png

Meat and Seafood
Skinless chicken and turkey breasts
Ground turkey and chicken
Salmon,
Halibut,
Trout,
Mackerel,
eggs,
Mussels…
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….
Brown 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…
Tomato sauce,
Mustard,
Barbecue saucem
Red-wine vinegar,
Salsa,
Extra virgin olive oil,
canola 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
Muesli,
Oatmeal,
Whole-grain cereal bars,
I think of my sister and her love of breakfast.

Soups and Canned Goods…
Diced or whole peeled tomatoes,
Tuna and salmon packed in water
Low-sodium soups and broths,
Black, kidney, soy, and garbanzo beans;
lentils,
split peas
Diced green chilies..
I remember my grandma,
And her amazing ability to can…
Anything.

Frozen Foods…

On Your List:
Frozen vegetables: broccoli, spinach, peas, and carrots (no sauce),
Frozen fruit: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries (without added sugar),
Frozen shrimp,
Low-fat ice cream,
Frozen yogurt,
Waffles,
Whole grain veggie pizza,
frozen yogurt,
I think of my resourceful friends with young children.

Dairy and cheeses…
Skim or low-fat milk or soymilk,
Fat-free yogurt,
Low-fat cottage cheese
Low-fat cheese or string cheese snacks
Tofu
Parmesan
Goat Cheese
[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…
Whole-grain 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
Hummus
Dark chocolate pieces (containing more than 70% cocoa),
I remember long hikes in the woods,
With my closest companions.

Produce..
Fruit: bananas, apples, oranges, mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
Vegetables: sweet potatoes, baby spinach, broccoli, carrot sticks
Locally grown…
I am reminded of my roots.

Drinks…
Unsweetened green and flavored teas
Calcium-fortified orange juice and other juices
Sparkling water
Wine
I remember that life is a gift,
And to take it one step at a time.

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