Must haves in your grocery cart

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    Nov 09, 2009 1:17 PM GMT
    Hey guys. I'm new to the site and thought I'd kick off my forum interaction by asking what are the must haves, essential items in your grocery cart for healthy, tasty and fun eating. I'm working hard to cut out the unnecessary items in my kitchen, save money and eat the foods that will best build muscle and help lean me out as well.

    So, what are the top several items every fitness nut should have in their cart?
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    Nov 09, 2009 3:59 PM GMT
    For me it's:

    Oatmeal, nuts (esp Walnuts and Almonds), whole grain or multi-grain pasta, fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt, whole wheat bread, pita or crackers, low fat cheese, brown rice, lentils, beans, salad greens, humus, salsa (or ingredients to make it - ditto for pasta sauce), frozen berries, a chicken, all natural peanut butter, jam, dried fruits, dark chocolate, soy milk, Kashi Go-Lean cereal, Grape Nuts, and Uncle Sam cereal.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Nov 09, 2009 4:03 PM GMT
    almonds, oatmeal or some sort of fiber cereal, cottage cheese, honey, bananas & other fruits, nonfat milk, nonfat yogurt
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    Nov 09, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    A combination of the aforementioned items.
  • Celticmusl

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    Nov 09, 2009 4:19 PM GMT
    flieslikeabeagle saidFor me it's:

    Oatmeal, nuts (esp Walnuts and Almonds), whole grain or multi-grain pasta, fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt, whole wheat bread, pita or crackers, low fat cheese, brown rice, lentils, beans, salad greens, humus, salsa (or ingredients to make it - ditto for pasta sauce), frozen berries, a chicken, all natural peanut butter, jam, dried fruits, dark chocolate, soy milk, Kashi Go-Lean cereal, Grape Nuts, and Uncle Sam cereal.


    What he said. I don't buy the chicken since I'm a vegetarian. I do buy vegetarian chili that has about 20 grams of protein per serving, REGULAR cheese(if I'm going to eat cheese, I'm going to eat the good stuff), small sized bagels with philly cream cheese, vegetable soups, veggie burgers, teriyaki rice chips, Asian noodles to be cooked with veggies, eggs eggs and more eggs, peanuts-love to snack on these, and low fat sour cream for the chili...yum.

    I live a block away from a grocery store that has a salad bar. After work on tuesdays and thursdays it is salad night and I will make myself a salad at the salad bar....I actually look forward to these nights, lol.
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    Nov 09, 2009 4:28 PM GMT
    Lube
    Carrots
    Cucumber
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 09, 2009 4:37 PM GMT
    I always go to the deli and get fresh sliced turkey and ham for sandwiches.. forget the prepackaged stuff.

    *Always some kind of fresh fruit

    *Yogart
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    Nov 09, 2009 4:38 PM GMT
    Cool guys, thanks for the great input
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    Nov 09, 2009 4:39 PM GMT
    MadeNUSA saidLube
    Carrots
    Cucumber


    Just use condoms on the veg ok, as if it snapped off you´d have to go to ER.

    We did the list thing a while back and I wrote an amazing list. No idea where it is...

    at the moment it´s something like

    oatmeal, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts (brazil, walnut and almond), apples, oranges, bananas, milk, yoghurt, tuna, chicken, turkey, salmon, onions, spinach, bell peppers, carrots, potatoes, jaffa cakes, oat biscuits, olive oil, peanut butter, honey, cornflakes, ham, bread. this is my present food rut.
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    Nov 09, 2009 4:58 PM GMT
    broccoli, baby carrots, kiwi, low fat chocholate soy milk, banana strawberry orange juice, whole wheat bread, whole wheat english muffins, kashi dark chocolate and black cherry granola bars, turkey (sandwiches), chicken breast, eggs, pro-biotic yogurt.

    and i do most of my shopping at wholefoods, so most of it is organic.
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    Nov 09, 2009 5:08 PM GMT
    add to the above
    juice
    frozen mixed vegetables
    herbs & spices
    squash
    egg noodles
    low sodium chicken broth
    quinoa
    whey protein powder
    multivitamin
    green tea
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    Nov 09, 2009 5:14 PM GMT
    Edamame
    Eggs
    Canned Tuna
    Almonds/Walnuts
    Oatmeal
    Apples/Oranges/Blueberries
    Coffee
    Chicken Breast
    Wild Salmon

    Those are the must haves icon_biggrin.gif

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    Nov 09, 2009 5:19 PM GMT
    I go for high fiber, high water content, low fat foods. They fill you up, while getting you good nutrition.

    Lots of veggies that are high in fiber (carrots, jicama, peppers, cucumbers, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, squash, beets -- cut them on Sunday and bring them to work as snacks all week), whole wheat pasta, 100 calorie english muffins (for some reason, they manage to pack 8 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein into these lower calorie muffins than the 120 calorie, 1 fiber/2 protein muffins - I just don't get that), 94% fat free microwave pop corn (particularly keen on the kettle corn - sweet and salty and filling but lo-cal), no sugar added ice pops (25 calories per), bran flakes, baked potato chips, anything with a Kashi label on it - TLC bars, crackers, cereals, shrimp, scallops, tuna, lean meat, chicken and/or turkey sausages (Aidels has several varieties that are less than 140 calories - with some sweated onions and peppers, a little lo-fat yogurt and a whole wheat pita you've got a great, tasty, satisfying meal for less than 300 calories), Boursin (an herb and garlic cheese spread that is "whipped", so a little goes a long way), Scharffenberger 5 gram chocolate squares (pre-measured bites that make it it possible to withstand temptations), etc.
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    Nov 09, 2009 5:21 PM GMT
    chuck says quinoa - he's right!!!!

    Quinoa is great - so much better for you than rice or cous-cous, just as easy to make.
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    Nov 09, 2009 5:22 PM GMT
    Ice cream, pickles, mini wheats, pepsi, kraft mac & cheese, everything to make my special mariana sauce, some sort of pasta...probably a snickers...I could go on for days.

    Needless to say, I eat whatever I want!
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    Nov 09, 2009 5:28 PM GMT
    Whetever is in-season, local, and sustainably produced. Thank Dog we have more choices these days (well, in many locales).

    I leave out the processed, preserved stuff. That'll only make you fat and leave you exposed to things like cancer taking hold.

    If it has names like "Kraft", "General Foods", "Kellogg's", or "Tyson" you can bet that some scientist decided what's best for you, rather than nature which is how we were been surviving up until the 1980s.
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    Nov 09, 2009 5:33 PM GMT
    raw organic almonds, organic eggs, skim milk, multivitamins, bananas- the bigger the better lol, some ribeye steak incase friends come over, a bag of mini carrots, some tuna salad and rolls, non-concentrate orange juice, non-fat yogurt, granola, organic dark chocolate, good turkey bacon, raw sea salt and fresh pepper, local organic honey, low-fat popcorn, and personal lubricant ;)

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    Nov 11, 2009 7:55 PM GMT
    I'm not going to add much to what everyone else has said.

    My everyday stuff:
    oatmeal/raisins
    fat free/lactose free milk
    raw almonds
    apples/bananas
    lean meats
    fresh vegetables
    100% whole wheat bread

    I also make turkey chili a lot, and always have home-made hummus on hand (I like to cook, so I make pretty much all my meals).

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    Nov 11, 2009 8:01 PM GMT
    MadeNUSA saidLube
    Carrots
    Cucumber


    LOL - funnyicon_biggrin.gif
  • KepaArg

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    Nov 11, 2009 8:07 PM GMT
    Beef, Chicken Breast, Pork, Salmon, Red Tuna, shrimp on fridays, panko, dulce de leche, fresh fruits and veggies, oatmeal, honey, sunflower seeds deshelled, quinoa, black beans, rice yamani, miso, firm tofu, furikake, mirin, olive oil, almonds and other nuts, eggs, fresh blood orange juice when in season other wise orange, mugicha, oolong té, milk and yogurt I eat in moderation and prefer whole milk. Japanese curry mix XD
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    Nov 11, 2009 8:26 PM GMT
    Many of the same things mentioned above.

    But one new one -- I love Mexican and other spicy food, which isn't always the healthiest thing to make. But recently I tried vegan taco filling and totally love it. Can use it in any Mexican dish that calls for ground beef, and it's really tough to tell the difference.

    This is the one I buy. You should add it to your shopping list for sure.

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    Nov 11, 2009 8:30 PM GMT
    Broccoli is the only thing I make sure that I buy each time I grocery shop. Even if I have some at home, I'll buy more. I'm as superstitious about it as I am doing cardio, like if I don't, I'll step on a crack and break my mother's back.
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    Nov 11, 2009 9:01 PM GMT
    Joecifer saidI'm not going to add much to what everyone else has said.

    My everyday stuff:
    oatmeal/raisins
    fat free/lactose free milk
    raw almonds
    apples/bananas
    lean meats
    fresh vegetables
    100% whole wheat bread

    I also make turkey chili a lot, and always have home-made hummus on hand (I like to cook, so I make pretty much all my meals).



    I forgot all natural peanut butter, and eggs. I always have those on hand too.
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    Nov 15, 2009 2:34 PM GMT
    Awesome, awesome. Thanks guys. Helps me break out of my grocery rut.