I agree with this. When did a grape ever fill person up, supermarket? And more importantly, who wants an effing grape when there’s rotisserie chicken!?
Wintertime is always perfect soup weather – I’ve been favoring the incredibly delicious, stew-like version my husband makes in the crock pot, but sometimes connivence trumps making something more involved.
Campbell’s has come out with a new line – Well Yes! – whose 7 flavors steer clear of preservatives, MSG, and BPA (nice!), as well as artificial colors, flavors, and ingredients.
Beyond those points, and saying they are “nutritious and deliciously crafted” I’m not sure these boast anything spectacular…but they do have a selection of flavors with a lot less of the un-pronouncables on the label (that, actually, goes a long way.)
So if you are feeling the chill, these are a nice way to stay toasty, full, and healthy at the same time. (If you are sodium sensitive, do mind the label!)
To be crreeeeeppyyy….!
You have to love the fun packaging that comes out at this time of year (or if you don’t, I will on your behalf because I’m all for monsters and silliness.)
I definitely see it more with the unhealthy options, but whatever. I mean…the baby spinach doesn’t have a witch on a broom on the package (though personally I think they should explore that marketing tack – what about kids thinking it’s cool!?)
I’ve not even heard of these (Herr’s!?) but I can safely say that this is EXACTLY the kind of thing I’d have gone “mooOooommm, can we get THESEEEeee!? Wings and Webs!?! TOTALLY made for creepy kids like I was.
As for the Oreos, Nabisco is always doing something rad. I’d have been ALL over these. . . They aren’t any different that regular Oreos as far as the taste, but thanks to the seasonal marketing, the orange center, and the jack o-lantern face…I’d eat them just because. Way to go, Nabisco packaging people.
Then there are these… I don’t know if they’re even legit (though it appears that way.) Dang.
It doesn’t stop with the packaging, though – there’s all sorts of fun, Halloween-ie, Autumnal flavors that crop up too, come September. Take these Pumpkin Spice bars…
Rockgirlmaxim84 on Instagram has a PLETHORA of holiday-inspired, limited edition finds (I think it’s absolutely fascinating how many she comes across, and / or tracks down!) It’s like Caramel, Apple and Pumpkin Spice central…!
I’m so in my element once that 10th month rolls around… I’m a Spring baby with and Autumnal heart, what can I say…
A lot of my buddies are weight lifters, figure competitors, and all around athletes – they need healthy food, and in serious quantity! While I can’t say a restaurant-sized mayo is on my list (nor can I quite figure out who – OTHER than a restaurant could use it), there are so many great options at stores of the Costco ilk.
For families who need to feed a lot of mouths, you can count on these kinds of stores to carry gargantuan spices too – things you will need on a daily basis, such as salt, pepper, and seasonings (giant plus – and kudos – for having the mineral-rich Himalayan pink salt also! They were ahead of the curve on this one, and I’m psyched they still carry it!
It definitely can save you a penny – or several – over time, so any of the more basic items are worth snagging there if you can. They had a ton of organic fruit, and the fish, poultry, and meat sections are ENORMOUS (you can always freeze what you won’t consume right away!)
Of course there is a plethora of other stuff as well – frozen veggies, frozen chicken, salmon burgers, shrimp, cartoned egg whites and organic eggs – it’s score city if you have a solid appetite OR just need more than what the regular supermarket has on hand. They even have salsa, hummus, turkey slices which, generally, aren’t the unhealthier ones – nice!
You can also find large-scale holiday paraphernalia while you’re out stocking up on food – always a blast. I’m not necessarily coming home with these private skeletons but…way to go, Costco, busting out the Halloween so early! YAAAHhHHHssSS! (Happy little (protein-eating) goth girl!)
For more food-related deliciousness…
Whenever a holiday or special weekend comes up, I always see people the following Monday in the gym dragging themselves and lamenting about how much they overdid it. Family gatherings and summer get-togethers don’t HAVE to be bad for you, guys!
I think one of the biggest saving graces is staying in control of your shopping – you absolutely can stock up on unhealthy options while at the store (especially if you are shopping hungry!) But you have control over what you put in your cart and end up with at home…so stay focused from the get go and you will avoid having leftovers or unopened boxes of cookies that you really don’t want around as a temptation later on!
For us, the goal was to get a good, heathy variety that would keep everyone filled up…even the kids. Surf and turf always works, giving everyone a few options for the bulk of the meal. Corn on the cob is a fun, summer veggie, that is totally okay to have also – I have some friends who avoid corn completely but it isn’t going to kill you once in a while, so don’t stress.
The benefit of the foods we grill primarily is that we don’t layer on sauces and dressings – Montreal Seasoning, or salt and pepper does the trick – it gives you a little kick, but still allows you to actually taste the food itself (which I always think is the point, no?!)
We didn’t actually buy desserts so we didn’t’ end up with them. Instead, we had some sweet red grapes laying around – which definitely worked! – and later we took a walk to get some ice cream for the youngest of the group. Adding a walk is always helpful, as is not having the extra goodies left over, so it worked out perfectly.
I was definitely full after dinner but it wasn’t a feeling-guilty kind of full…which no one – truly – has to feel after a shindig. Just remember that you have full control over what you buy and serve…and also what you eat!
(PS – Don’t forget about having breakfast and regular meals during the day, prior to gatherings where food is served – if you go out hungry, you might set yourself up for a binge!)
Keeping it CLEAN. . .
I go to the store almost daily – I think for some people, that sounds like an alarming rate. . .but going once a week simply doesn’t work for me.
I go through my food at a rapid pace, but given the quality of it, I’m okay with that (I’m not going to beat myself up for devouring all of my vegetables, whereas if I was mauling bags of potato chips, I might have to second guess my restocking habits!)
The usual suspects:
- Fresh vegetables
- Fresh, packaged greens (spinach, mache etc…)
- Frozen vegetables
- Still water
- Carbonated water without chemicals (flavoring from natural fruit)
- Ground chicken (I prefer organic, but sometimes can’t get it)
- Popcorn (the lightest kind I can find, non-greasy, just a touch of oil and salt. PERIOD.)
- Almond milk (unsweetened)
- Coconut creamer (which I mix with the above)
- Chia bars (Heath Warrior, chocolate peanut butter)
- Organic eggs
- Egg whites
- Nitrate-free sliced turkey
There are a few other things I pick up, but those are the typical cast of characters. I think it’s important for us to shop often. . .and NOT to shop hungry.
Food preparation is always a wonderful thing if you can do it (that can be done once a week, maybe twice – there are fabulous blogs out there specifically dedicated to this, not only for fitness competitors, by the way!)
What kinds of foods duo you buy? Are you shopping several times a week? I see the store when the snow comes and I’m always shocked. *LOL*