Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - Grocery list: Things you cant live without

01-02-2010, 04:48 AM
I am starting my weight loss journey and trying to find things to get at the grocery store and i want to know what helps you.... what you love.... what you have to get every time to make it through the week! and you can even tell me all the things you get... maybe how you cook them!!! you get the picture... anything helps... lol thanks!:carrot:

RN BSN 2009
01-02-2010, 05:30 AM
greek yogurt!

Metal Chick
01-02-2010, 05:52 AM
Rolled oats, brown rice, beans (dry and canned), dried fruit, nuts, fresh produce (whatever is in season), frozen vegetables (for emergencies) and lean meat or tofu.

A well-stocked spice rack too! If you're not familiar, learn to use spices. They can add a lot of flavor without the calories. :D

Honey is great too. I don't really eat it too often, but I take a teaspoonful a day along with my vitamins and I swear it helps keep my allergies under check.

Oh, yeah. And coffee.

01-02-2010, 07:49 AM
popcorn, fiber bars, string cheese and sharp cheddar cheese, and a good cereal with fiber.

01-02-2010, 03:58 PM
Frozen vegetable eggrolls~only 70 cal.
String Cheese

01-02-2010, 04:07 PM
This is a typical shopping list for me:

costco "real eggs" 30 cals 1/4 cup
goat cheese 60 cals 1 oz
100 calorie english muffins
tuna packed in water
low fat ham
sliced chicken
natural PB
spinich leaves
dried cranberries or blueberries (trader Joes)
greek yogurt
cottage cheese

01-02-2010, 04:39 PM
what is this greek yogurt? does it taste different? where can i find them?

01-02-2010, 05:24 PM
Here is my list of "must keep in stock" items.

frozen chicken breasts (precooked and not)
Laura's Lean Beef
cooking spray
frozen broccoli
Simply Steam Green Beans And Almonds (Green Giant)
Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges
Babybel Mini Babybel Light cheese
sugar-free pudding cups
bell peppers
sweet potatoes
frozen tilapia
canned pineapple chunks (for work)
whole wheat bread
microwave popcorn

my one junk item - baked Cheetos

I have to include my steaming bags, especially for use with the frozen vegetables. It would be so hard to do this without them!

This reminded me of an old tread that really helped me. You might be interested in it -

01-02-2010, 07:31 PM
Red peppers
Grape tomatoes
Lots & lots of other produce, in season -- I'd be more specific but it completely depends on the season
Lots of fruit, in season, depending on sales & the season
Kale, mustard greens or collard greens
Canned tomatoes, no salt added, preferably whole
Low-sodium, low-fat canned chicken broth
Canned beans: Cannellini, black, garbanzos
Plain nonfat yogurt, whatever is on sale, whether Greek or regular
Raw almonds
No salt added, natural peanut butter and almond butter
Water-packed tuna
Fresh fish, often salmon, but watching the sales
Frozen raw shrimp
Chicken leg quarters
Pork loin, flank steak or 93% ground beef
Ground turkey

01-02-2010, 07:35 PM
greek yogurt has a tang to the flavor that is a pinch more tart than regular plain yogurt. i think its a lower amount of sugar.

my grocery list is

2-4 types of frozen veggies (minimal nutrient loss)
quinoa, or brown rice
90 calorie fruit cups
no sugar added applesauce
kashi good friends cereal
bear naked granola
down under yogurt
a seafood item (scallops, shrimp, ect)
mini bagels (substitute a drizzle of honey instead of butter)
a can of black beans

thats the backbone of my shopping

01-02-2010, 09:08 PM
Greek yogurt is loaded with protein, def has more tang and is a tad bit thicker. Fage 0% is good when doctored up ;)

01-02-2010, 09:33 PM
Morningstart bacon and green beans (not together, of course!)

01-02-2010, 10:20 PM
First let me say this: If you do not have these three things in your kitchen, get them before you worry about the food: dry measure set (cups & spoons, 2.00-8.00) wet measure cup (2 cup capacity, 1-4.00) and a small kitchen scale (i like my 2lb capacity that measures in oz & grams, cost around 15$, the digital are better but more $$) If you dont know for sure you're eating one serving, how can you know what you ARE eating?

Now my food:
Whole wheat white breat
multi-grain cheerios
progresso soup (usually the 90-100 cal/serving kinds)
low-sodium turkey
variety of frozen and canned (low salt) veggies
salad mix
wishbone salad spritzers (15 cal/10 squirts)

Everything else depends on the sales or is not diet friendly b/c I do live with my husband and a toddler.

p.s. good luck!

01-02-2010, 10:42 PM
Feta cheese. It's good on salads and pasta but I'm not tempted to eat it (or overeat it) by itself.
Garbanzo beans.
Frozen peas.
Berries! lately, I scan the sales flyers, find out what's on sale and then eat them all week for dessert.

01-03-2010, 10:45 PM
Im doing my grocery shopping tomorrow so im glad I found this!!

I love yellow & orange peppers and fresh fruit & veggies

Suzanne 3FC
01-03-2010, 10:50 PM
My list varies pretty widely from week to week, but the one food I never walk out without is broccoli :T

01-05-2010, 09:06 PM
I use much of what has been listed...some that I don't recall seeing

LaTortilla Factory Tortillas
Diet Swiss Miss (25 cal., I mix in my oatmeal...YUM)
butternut squash
yellow squash (any squash really)

01-06-2010, 10:39 AM
Here's a list of my grocery stuff...

Box of chicken breasts (frozen is cheaper here), turkey breasts, and extra lean burgers (I get uncooked proportioned stuff because I usually only cook for myself or my daughter.)

Lots of frozen fish fillets (salmon, haddock, pollock, halibut, etc).

Canned tuna and sardines. Canned beans (all varieties, plain). Also I get canned: stewed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes. I like can corn, pineapples (in their own juice), and apple sauce (jar and/or travel size). I love apple/mango sauce for 50 calories a minicup!

In terms of grains, I get brown rice, qinoua, brown rice pastas, brown rice tortillas (i eat mostly gluten-free), Ezekial bread, steel cut oats, wholefoods waffles (I get them for my 3 year old daughter, but i sometimes have 1), and wholegrain cereal (Kashi GoLean Crunch).

I get plenty of plain yogurt in mini containers and flavored yogurt in strawberry for DD. I get only the organic ones that have the least amount of sugar and no artificial flavors/preservatives.

From the freezer section: berries, peas, sweet potatoe wedges, squash, diced spinach, okra (whole and diced),

Also I get peanutbuttter, almondbutter, dates, Braggs Liquid Aminos, Nutritional Yeast, Mrs. Dash seasonings, tofu, organic dark chocolate, agave nectar, miso, seaweed wraps, rice paper wraps, herbal teas, cup of soup (from the health food sectioin, low calorie, low sodium), lean frozen meals (low calorie, low sodium, low sugar!) .... I try to eat mostly whole foods and unprocessed foods though. I keep these on hand so I don't have an excuse to buy lunch or eat out.

I also regularly get pears, apples, bananas, melon, and berries. Sometimes I get things like pomegranates, avocados, clementines, etc. Veggie wise I always get: tomatoes, green onions, purple onions, sweet onions, fresh baby spinach, cilantro, red/yellow/orange peppers. Sometimes I get zuchini, babybok choy, collard greens, kale, snap peas, Chinese eggplants, .... it just depends on what veggies I am in the mood for.

I really get bored easily so I keep whole foods on hand so I can make a lot of different things. :)

I can't live without brown rice tortillas and ezekiel bread with almond butter. I love it!

01-06-2010, 11:58 AM
SANDWICH THINS! I cannot live without these.

Jenny O Turkey Burgers

Sugar Free Jello Pudding cups, already made or the add skim milk kind

Ballpark All White Meat Turkey dogs

Healthy Life Hot Dog Buns and Hamburger Buns

Aunt Millie's Light Potato Bread (just like white, but 1 WW point for two slices)

Healthy Request Slided lunch meat

Sugar Free Smuckers Jam

I can't believe its not butter Fat Free Spay and Spread

01-06-2010, 12:23 PM
My list usually consists of whatever's on sale that week!

But here are a few things I almost always have at home, that help me eat healthy:

Steel-cut oatmeal
Dried beans (I cook them in the crock pot and freeze)
Brown rice
Herbs and spices
Low-sodium bouillon or soup base (for when I run out of homemade stock)
Olive oil, canola oil, sesame oil
Lowfat or nonfat plain yogurt
Nonfat milk
Lowfat cheddar cheese
Parmesan cheese
Feta cheese
Peanut butter
Honey, maple syrup, splenda
Low-cal wheat bread
Canned soup (for those really lazy nights!)
Bell peppers, onions, garlic, ginger, carrots, celery (the essentials for me)
Frozen broccoli, spinach, various mixes
Natural applesauce

01-06-2010, 12:57 PM
A few things that are most popular on my list (there are many others but these are the most common)

Veggies: Baby Spinach, Broccoli, Red onions, Grape Tomatoes, Red Peppers and Carrots
Fruit: Bananas, Apples, Strawberries and Clementines
Proteins: Chicken Breasts, Falafel, Veggie Burgers, Eggs, Turkey Bacon, Tuna packed in water, raw almonds and pistachios, Natual Peanut Butter.
Carbs / Starches: Honeynut Cheerios, Whole wheat pasta and pitas, brown rice, Kashi Granola Bars, Oatmeal
Dairy: Skim milk, Light Laughing Cow Cheese wedges, yoghurt, feta and chedder cheese
Other: Hot Sauce, Fat free salad dressings and Honey

01-06-2010, 01:04 PM
My list varies pretty widely from week to week, but the one food I never walk out without is broccoli :T

I will second that! I love it raw with a little sour cream dip - yum-o!

01-09-2010, 01:41 AM
besides lots of fruits, veggies, lean meats, and whole grains.. these are some specific products that have helped me out big time!

100 calorie bags of kettle corn
ranch flavored mini rice cakes
egg beaters
ww mint chocolate ice cream cones
diet arizona green tea
extra lean turkey bacon
morningstar farms chick'n patties
boca burgers
pacifico roasted red pepper and tomato soup
galeos miso wasabi ginger dressing
lean pockets (garlic white chicken pizza is my fav!)

01-09-2010, 08:27 AM
I LOVE the Laughing Cow light cheese wedges. I also love the low-fat Baby Bel cheeses. I used to be a very anti-low fat cheese person until I tried those. That said, those two cheeses are the only low fat cheeses I will eat. :)

I also like cottage cheese with frozen strawberries (or fresh, when they're in season). I like hard-boiled omega 3 eggs, and string cheese too.

I have recently started eating more seafood, and I must say, if you have a Costco nearby their frozen scallops are THE BOMB! I use Alton Brown's method on the Food Network website. Just do a search for scallops and you will see his recipe in the list. Very simple and fast. I'm having them for dinner tonight actually.

01-09-2010, 09:06 AM
olive oil
fresh spinach
fresh veggies in season
whole grains
laughing cow cheese
organic natural peanut butter
flat out bread
Creole seasoning
onions, celery, bell peppers, garlic
herbs (most are from my garden, but this time of year I use dryed from the garden or fresh from the store!) ones that add a new dimension to what I already cook
dried beans and nuts

01-09-2010, 03:19 PM
The essentials:
Rolled oats
berries or cherries
fresh tuna
rice milk - vanilla
beets and bagged salads
raw brazil nuts - 6 nuts a day
green tea
chamomile with vanilla tea

these are the ones I can't live without.

01-10-2010, 04:17 PM
I scanned other people's lists and found a lot of my usual purchases are pretty much the same (veggies, meats, etc.) so I've narrowed my list to more specific products that have really helped me out.

Morning Star Black Bean Burgers (sometimes I also buy the tomato basil flavor, they taste just like pizza burgers!)
Nutritional Yeast (Bob's Red Mill brand specifically)
Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges (any flavor)
microwave popcorn snack size
Raw oats (non instant)
Raw nuts (usually almonds or pecans)
Ole Extreme Wellness High Fiber Tortilla Wraps (the only low carb wrap I've found that is palatable)

01-11-2010, 08:01 PM
Of course, lots of fruits and veggies, but also:

-frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts
-lean ground turkey
-turkey bacon
-whole wheat or blended pasta
-foil packets of flavored tuna
-Wasa rye crackers (see the above)
-Dannon Light 'n Fit vanilla yogurt (110 cals for a cup!)
-whole wheat pitas (great for making pizzas)
-reduced fat shredded cheddar and shredded mozzarella
-raw almonds
-lowfat cheese sticks
-Total Chocolaty Delight cereal
-skim milk
-Ken's Steak House Lite Caesar dressing
-brown rice
-Progresso Light soups (especially the barley vegetable!)
-microwave popcorn single serving bags (lowfat or not)
-Claussen dill pickle halves (great for salty crunchy cravings)

These are just some of the things...a lot more are already listed elsewhere. good luck!