5:56 AM

How do I shop?

Posted by Heather |

We're new to this whole Traditional Food thing... so our first question is what do we fill our grocery cart with?

According to the rules of our Traditional Foods Challenge we want to find mostly organic/local, unrefined foods to eat. We have found our local food co-op to be a good resource but also have found good foods at Costco, certain ethnic markets (i.e. our local Indian store), and even the grocery store right around the corner. Just be wary of the inside isles! Many prepackaged, processed foods live there.

Here's what filled our carts on our first T.F.C. (Traditional Food Challenge) grocery shopping trip:
  • Organic or local (depends what is more fresh, therefore more nutritious) fruit - fresh and frozen
  • Organic/local salad and veggies
  • Jaggery (natural Indian sweetener) and rapadura
  • Virgin, Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Organic Eggs, or good local cage free eggs, depending on what are most fresh/nutritious
  • Butter (not margarine!)
  • Maple syrup, raw honey
  • Local, uncured bacon
  • Organic, thick cut rolled oats
  • Hormone-free, grass fed, non-homogenized milk (hopefully one day, raw milk!)
  • Organic wild and brown rice
  • Natual, unrefined sea salt

Here's what didn't fill our cart - junk that we used to buy on a regular basis (*gasp!):

  • Refined sugar
  • All purpose flour
  • Fruit Juice
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Canned/Boxed foods
  • Dried pasta
  • Sweetened cereals
  • Processed lunch meats and cheeses
  • Ultra-pasteurized skim milk
  • White rice
  • Boxed/canned chicken broth


Susan said...

This is a great list, and well done on trying the TFC. Do definitely try some other whole grains, not just wild and brown rice. Once you get used to them, they are much more interesting and satisfying than plain old white rice.

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