Want to know what to buy at the store when you are doing the Eat to Live plan? Here’s a pictorial guide to tons of great, healthy foods you can pick up on your next shopping trip.
Whether you are joining the Eat to Live Challenge or not, I’m going to assume that you’d like to at least eat a few healthy things 🙂 While preparing for this challenge (which is based on eating tons of fruits, vegetables, and beans for six weeks), I went shopping at Costco and found a ton of things that work great on the Eat to Live plan. Although you might not go to Costco, or your Costco might not have these same things, I thought it would be helpful to see the great amount and variety of foods that are available when you are trying to take care of your body.
The next time you go shopping, keep your eyes out for these great food items:
Bare Organic Apple Chips. Although snacking is forbidden in the Eat to Live plan (based on the book Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.), if you MUST snack, then make sure it is healthy! These apple chips have just one ingredient: organic apples. No added oil or sugar. Keep in mind that dried fruit has a lot of sugar, so eat these sparingly.
Multigrain Tortilla Chips. These have all kinds of great, healthy seeds in them, like flax, sesame, and quinoa.
Spinach is a staple. Grab a big bag, because you’re going to be using a lot of this stuff in smoothies and salads. Spinach is so great because it literally tastes like nothing, so you can add it to anything. If you can’t eat all of it in time, just throw some in plastic bags and freeze for later.
Another staple for salads is Romaine lettuce. Make sure that when you make your salads, you are using lettuce that is GREEN (not iceberg lettuce, which doesn’t have nearly the same level of nutrition).
Indian Simmer Sauces. These are vegetarian and would be great to just toss some vegetables in and serve over brown rice.
Hummus. My Costco has many different varieties of hummus. I like these spicy varieties.
This Mango Salsa goes great with the multi-grain chips from above. It’s also awesome with black bean burritos.
Did you know you could use cauliflower in place of rice? You can make it yourself, or just buy a bag.
You’ll want to stock up on bags of frozen fruits and veggies, like these organic strawberries. Costco has a huge variety of fruits and vegetables to choose from.
These Black Bean Burgers are a great, quick option when you don’t feel like cooking dinner.
These Oroweat Sandwich Thins are my favorite! Make sure to use these or a healthy, whole-wheat/grain bun for your veggie burgers.
These Superfoods Veggie Bowls are just the ticket when you want something quick and easy.
Make sure to grab some Whole Grain Tortillas. These have no sugar.
If you are gluten-free, here is some great 7 Grain Bread for you.
Here’s some Organic Multi-Grain Bread if you are not gluten-free. Be advised that these breads are not cheap! You can always make your own (but if you use my recipe, it will not be surprisingly light 🙂 ) Also make sure when you are shopping for bread that you check the ingredients! If there is high-fructose corn syrup, drop that bread like it’s a hot potato! Watch out for high levels of sugar of any kind (I’m talking about you, Dave’s Killer Bread). Ideally, your bread should have 2 grams or fewer of sugar per slice. Ezekiel bread (sold at health food stores) has no sugar.
This Organic PB Fit Peanut Butter Powder has only 1.5 grams of fat per 2 Tbsp. (vs. 15 grams of fat per 2 Tbsp. of natural peanut butter). Just add water and spread it on toast, or add the powder directly to your smoothies for a protein boost. When buying regular peanut butter, be sure to get the natural kind (where the oil has separated on the top). All your standard peanut butters (Jiffy, Skippy) have hydrogenated oils and added sugar.
Here’s something fun that just showed up at my Costco. Seven Nut and Seed Butter.
Oatmeal is something you should stock up on for sure. Don’t get the individual breakfast packets. Those are loaded with sugar. You can make your own healthy granola (don’t EVER buy granola from the store–it’s got more sugar than a Twinkie!) using my Healthy Banana Granola recipe, or this Home Made Sugar Free Granola recipe.
PureVia Zero Calorie Sweetener. I sprinkle a packet in my smoothies if I think they need to be a little sweeter. This is also good to sprinkle on baked oatmeal and chia pudding. (Don’t get NutraSweet, Splenda, or Sweet N’ Low. These are neurotoxins and cause disease).
This Minced California Garlic will change your life. I haven’t used my garlic press in YEARS. This is so much cheaper and easier to use! I always have a jar of this in my fridge. It lasts forever.
Chia Seed is so healthy and so easy to add to things. It literally has no taste, so it’s as non-offensive as it gets. Get some of this for sure.
Pasta or Spaghetti Sauce is great to have on hand for an easy dinner or to make a quick pita pizza. Make sure you check the ingredients for the fat and sugar content! It should have no fat, and ideally 4 grams of sugar per serving or fewer. Some even have high fructose corn syrup in them, so beware!
Things could not get more convenient with this Cooked Brown Rice. Just pop it in the microwave and throw some beans and veggies on top for a full meal.
This Quinoa and Brown Rice is another really easy way to get in your good grains and seeds.
There are all kinds of great salsas to try beyond your standard red salsa. Just make sure you read the ingredients and check the sugar content.
This Lentil Soup is another great choice when you are in a hurry for dinner.
Hopefully this has given you some ideas of all the great foods you can eat when you are trying to be super healthy!
If you’d like to learn more about the Eat to Live Challenge, click here and I’ll send you everything you need to know about it. Then you can decide if you’d like to join us! You can also read this post where I introduced the challenge and talked all about it.