With the 21-Day Sugar Detox in full swing (yep, the official detox started yesterday), and with my standard routine grocery list coming up in conversation more than once this past week (yes, really), I thought I’d share what I keep on hand at all times for easy Primal eats ‘round the clock.
Trader Joe’s. How do I love thee? I used to trek to Westlake when I lived in Lakewood, OH just to stock up on trail mixes and chile spiced dried mangoes. My list looks a little different these days (yikes, those mangoes have a load of added sugar and don’t even bother looking at the ingredients on the cilantro dressing, just don’t get it), but TJ’s does have a lot of great options if you know what to look for (and what to steer clear of). I’m in love with the fact that there’s a brand new TJ in Palm Beach Gardens so that I can stock up on staples and just visit Whole
Paycheck Foods for the rest of the stuff I can’t get at TJ (like Japanese sweet potatoes, Rao’s Marinara, G.T.’s Kombucha, and a variety of other cuts of high-quality meat, to name a few). Here’s what usually ends up in my cart at TJ (oh, and, because I like to be OCD super prepared, I organize my list by how the store is mapped out – it’s a simple trick that keeps me from back-tracking or circling the store a hundred times, and I don’t end up leaving without checking off my whole list!):
Produce (usually organic unless they don’t have it):
- Kale (in a bag)
- Chard (in a bag)
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts
- Romaine Hearts
- Cruciferous Crunch (it’s a shredded blend of cabbage, kale, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts)
- Rainbow Carrots
- Celery Hearts
- Beets (ready to eat)
- Portobello Mushrooms or Mini Portobello Mushrooms
- Granny Smith Apples (if I’m not on the 21DSD, I’ll splurge and get my favorites – Fuji)
- Bananas (green-tipped for the 21DSD)
- Sweet Onions
- Bag of Sweet Potatoes
- Tomatoes (sometimes they have mini heirlooms which I love!)
- Spaghetti Squash (or any variety of squash if they have it – sometimes they don’t)
- Sauerkraut (in some stores, this is by the meat; others, with the produce)
- Organic Salted Crunchy Almond Butter – It’s so good! (the minimal amount of cashews – less than 1% – in it make me feel like it’s fine for the 21DSD)
- Nuts – almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews (not on 21DSD), macadamias, pistachios… and my most recent favorite, TRUFFLE Marcona almonds (I love the rosemary ones too – YUM!). TJs really has a great selection of nuts but be careful to look for dry roasted if you aren’t getting raw! (This is where the NTP in me is supposed to say… you really should soak and dehydrate your own raw nuts for optimal digestion and nutrient absorption… got it? Good.)
- Plantain Chips (get more than one bag – you’ll thank me!)
- Broccoli… Chips? Snacks? What are these things? Whatever, they’re good, and they’re Primal compliant – only three ingredients.
- Organic broths (beef, chicken, etc – for when I don’t have my own homemade stash supply up)
- Organic Chicken – breasts, thighs, variety pack, whole chickens, all of it
- Organic, Grass-fed Ground Beef (these come in 1lb packs – I get a few and throw a couple in the freezer if I need to)
- Organic chicken sausages (check the ingredients before picking just any package)
- Organic, Grass-fed Beef Hot Dogs
- Bacon – definitely the Black Forest (so good!)
- Cage-free eggs
- Kerrygold Butter
- Crumbled Goat Cheese
- Crumbled Goat Feta
- Manchego (unpasteurized sheep’s milk cheese)
- Mushroom Medley (contains just mushrooms, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt and parsley! And it’s pretty yummy!)
- Fish – although I don’t get this as much now that I can get it fresh and local, but in a pinch, the mahi is great (um, also, make this amazing recipe!)
- Sometimes I get frozen veggies just to have on hand for backup, but rarely… because I like the fresh stuff better!
AND since I know you’re curious… here are a few sweet treats I like to have on hand when I’m NOT on the 21DSD… keep in mind, they’re still considered part of the Primal Blueprint, but just something I like to keep OUT of the house if I’m trying to curb my sugar cravings (because Lord knows I can eat an entire bag of Honey Mints in two days!):
- Just Mangoes (the organic, dried ones with no added sugar)
- Honey Mints (um, if you don’t know what these are – you’re welcome. And I’m sorry, because you will soon be addicted!)
- Dark Chocolate – any bar I can find that is 85% or higher
- Lara Bars
- Fruit Leather
- OCCASIONALLY I grab a bag of Coconut Cashews because I’M HUMAN… but be forewarned there are some not-so-gut-friendly ingredients in those bad boys. I try not to get them often because they are so delicious that Tim and I can eat an entire bag in a day. Or, just I can. Do yourself a favor and ration those puppies if you dare make the splurge.
And there you have it! I usually make one trip a week, and I don’t always get EVERYTHING on this list, because it’s a lot. Buuut, we do eat a lot of protein and veggies! Like I said, I will get the bulk of what fills my fridge at TJs, and then hit Whole Foods or Fresh Market for some special items or for better meat options. Stay tuned for some good ideas of how to prepare this stuff!
Happy shopping & detoxing!