You guys, I write this blog because I am a real life person, with a real schedule, real stress, and real needs and desires for fast convenient food options.
I also LOVE going to the grocery store, and trying new foods/products. Now might be a good time to point out that all of these opinions are in fact my own, I purchased all of these products with my own cash money!
Granted, a lot of times we (I) do food prep for the week, and make sure we stuff ready to go for 4-5 dinners each week. However, we have weekends that get away from us and our food prep doesn’t really get done, which leaves us scrambling around a bit for the work week. These are things that have helped not only as snacks, but also as meals/sides!
Also some of these, are just products I really really love, and have made either my life easier, have awesome nutritional value, and most importantly taste super yummy!!!
Brands: Green Giant (Kroger) Boulder Canyon (Whole Foods)
You can find either fresh (in produce area), or frozen – the brands listed above can be found in the frozen section! Price wise it does tend be cheaper to make your own. BUT, when you’re in a pinch, you’re in a pinch. Both brands are respectable sodium wise, but the only downside is that I can eat an entire bag for one dinner (whereas if I make my own with 2-3 heads of cauliflower it will last me the whole week). On top is a brand I like, on bottom is my own homemade rices cauliflower.
Brands: Zico, Simple Truth Organic, Coco Five, Core
The key here is that it is unsweetened, the ones that have flavoring have more added sugar. I stock up on these when I am logging more miles than normal, because they are a good source of potassium, and I hate bananas. Sorry, but it’s true.
I get all of the above at Kroger, or Target; Simple Truth Organic is Kroger’s organic line.
Sweet Potato “Noodles”
Where to find: Whole Foods, produce section
These have saved my butt a few times where I’ve been gone all weekend and food prep time slips from my hands and I don’t have time to make my own. I fully admit it’s cheaper to make your own. However, Pat and I both agree we would rather use something like this in a pinch as opposed to going out and buying dinner.
If frozen vegetables didn’t exist, I’m not sure how Pat and I would survive. We would probably not eat a lot of vegetables to be completely honest.
Frozen vegetables are essentially our sides for every night of the week. We typically always steam them, sometimes we thaw them and add them into a soup or stew, or roast them.
So, I think I’ve talked enough on this blog that I like to run. I’ve spent the last year trying to find real foods to eat prior to runs. A situation I find myself in a lot is that I am having my pre-run snack in the car. Applesauce pouches are something I’ve been trying more recently, and I am feeling pretty dumb I haven’t tried this before. Personally I prefer the unsweetened variety, but I also ate all of mine so I had to take a picture of Pat’s cinnamon ones.
We get these at Kroger, no I don’t care that they are organic or on-GMO, but I also care about the fact that there is not any added sugar.
Hands down this is my favorite brand of yogurt. These encompass the very meaning of PFC (the ones that aren’t fat free), as they have carb, fat, and protein!!! I love how creamy these are, and there is so much protein in them, which is a total game changer for me and my lunches/snacks.
In Lansing, I can only find the higher fat variety at Whole Foods, but I also get them at Horrocks and Kroger as well!
“I Love Beets” Beets
I am so pumped that my Kroger started carrying these!! I am fully aware I can make these. However, I am willing to pay a bit extra so that my kitchen doesn’t look like a beet (blood) bath every Sunday. These also taste amazing, and have an awesome smoky flavor and go great on sales.
Another way we get ourselves to eat a lot of veggies are pre-made blends. Pat enjoys adding in the crunchy extras to his salad, whereas I typically don’t and just add a little avocado and some dressing. But again it’s a really simple week night go to, as well as lunches for me!
Now I’m not just talking about any old snack bar. I’m talking about ones that are going to have fairly simple ingredients, and be a decent source of fat or protein (bonus if it’s both). I say fat and protein because “bars” are always going to contain carbohydrates. My “go-to” choices are: Rx Bars, Macro Bars, and Larabars.
I pick these up everywhere from Amazon, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc
There you have it. I could probably add more, but then this post was just go on forever! Again our goal is to make our own food for the week and do meal prep, but as I pointed out sometimes time gets away from us. I think it’s helpful to know you can get some of these items at the store in a pinch and still throw together a meal at the last minute as opposed to only feeling like your only option is to dine out.
Hey guys just another friendly reminder that these are things I currently and personally love. I purchased these myself and my opinions on these tasty treats are all my own.