What’s in my Grocery Basket?

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2014/11/21 by nikkiledford

grocery

This week’s basket was a tiny one…

I decided to change-up my routine so I perused around Mother’s Market, an Orange County natural food lover’s favorite.

It’s mostly my favorite because it’s the only place I’ve found around here that has Lulu’s Raw Maca Buttercups. INCREDIBLE (ever notice how that word has the word EDIBLE in it?… well, now you have. You’re welcome.)

New feature: Best prices are in ITALICS.

Lulu’s Maca Buttercups. Go find some! So yummy!

Mother’s: $5.49

Organic Canned Pumpkin. Used this for Elana’s Pantry Chocolate Pumpkin Chiffon Pudding. SO. GOOD.

Mother’s: $1.89
WF: $1.29
TJ: $1.99
WC: $2.29

Theo Chocolate Bar. Check the other grocery posts for my praises of this chocolate brand. Posts are here and here and here.

Mother’s: $3.19
Sprouts: $2.99
Jimbos: $2.49 (best deal I’ve seen so far)
Ralphs: $2.99
WC: $3.49
WF: $3.99

Frozen Mixed Mushrooms. I love mushrooms! It’s fun to have them on hand for random dishes. I also made some bone broth this week so I’m sure soup will be on the menu sometime soon.

Mother’s: $3.19

Frozen Brussels Sprouts. It’s a really great idea to keep some frozen veggies around. I’ve been trying to add a lot more variety to my veggie intake but I don’t like to get too much fresh veggies in case they don’t get used and go bad.

Mother’s: $2.29
TJ’s: $1.19

Ginger. Got this for my home-brew kombucha!

Mother’s: $6.99/lb.
WF: $5.99/lb.
TJ’s: $1.99/4 oz.

NibMor Mint Dark Chocolate Squares. Portion control!!!

Mother’s: $.69/ea.

Fuji Apples. 

Mother’s: $1.99/lb.
Sprouts: $1.99/lb
TJ: $.79/ea.
WC: $1.69/lb.
WF: $2.49/lb.

Kicking Horse Coffee. Target also has this brand. I like it because not only is it fair trade, it’s also DIRECT trade. This means that all the beans are sourced from the same plantation. These plantations benefit from being paid fairly and the are the exclusive source for the whole bag of beans. (Fair trade means workers were paid appropriately but the beans may be a blend from a bunch of locations.

Mother’s: $10.19
Target: $6.99

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INGREDIENTS // one of my favorite activities is going out for coffee. For me, the sights, sounds, and smells of a coffee shop signal rest and I enter into a state of slowing down, more observing and less doing. Lately, I haven't been out to coffee too often because 1. It's expensive and 2. I don't tolerate dairy and I'm not much of a black coffee drinker so at most shops I'm limited to their dairy-free options. While it's nice to have nut milks available, I have discovered that all the other ingredients in these alternative drinks do NOT do my body any good. 
A solution to would be to bring my own homemade milk, but I don't always have some ready or I forget to put a bit in a small container (which then gives me the fun task of toting around a dirty jar in my car all day). These smaller bottles of almond milk are perfect for adding to my coffee when I'm out as most dairy-free milks come in huge cartons and are inconvenient for a coffee outing.  @popandbottle only uses basic, real food ingredients for their almond milk. They even sweeten it with a bit of date! 
I like to think that I always have a choice about what I put in my body. Sometimes I'll have to settle for black coffee, but if I plan a bit, I can still enjoy my coffee outings without ultimately compromising on what is best for me in the long run. SNACKS // kept it really simple today during meal prep. This is a tasty bowl of yams, banana, almond butter, and coconut flakes. FAST FOOD// Roasted all these veggies last night for a tasty quick lunch. Added a new find from Whole Foods. @goodlovinfoods lemon garlic dip. If you like bitchen sauce, you'll like this (!! bonus, they don't use any soy ingredients either !!) ROUTINE// Who else is meal prepping today? It's a small step that has big impact on your health... body and mind. One less stress to consider in a week full of choices and obstacles. #paleomealprep #sandiegoprivatechef #sandiegopaleo

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