My 10 Grocery Must Haves

Yesterday I was building a list with my intern Lindsay of the most important foods for a college athlete to buy at the grocery store, and I got to thinking this might be fun to do on the blog. A list of the top 10 foods that always land in my grocery cart each week, and show you how I use them.

Yummy breakfast bowl packed with roasted veggies makes for an easy weekday morning! Healthy and veggie-filled breakfast ready in less than 5 minutes!

Eggs. I’m obsessed. Eggs in the morning, for sure almost. every. day. You can count on that. I like the way that scrambled eggs make me feel first thing in the morning. My favorite way to eat eggs is with a big bowl of roasted veggies on top of either roasted potatoes or grits. Get one of my Veggie Breakfast Bowl recipes here.

Refreshing Apple & Kale Power Salad topped with tart cherries, almonds, blue cheese, and perfectly dressed with apple maple vinaigrette!

Greens. I like having a big salad for lunch so I always stock up on greens that are in the containers not bags. I usually go for the “organic girl” greens because I think they keep fresh longer and I like the varieties. Try this Apple & Kale Power Salad.

This high protein and low sugar protein shake is a coffee lover's dream. Toss all ingredients into the blender, top with cacao nibs and sip all the frothy goodness with a straw. Perfect for an afternoon pick me up.

Coffee. First thing in the morning, coffee time is happening. I’m a fan of light roast coffee and so is Eric. Good thing! Maybe I should add half and half to this list cause I can’t enjoy coffee without a little drop of half and half. No sugar please, but I like it creamy. For an afternoon pick me up, I’ll sometimes add a little coffee to a smoothie, like in this Coffee Lover’s Protein Shake.

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Dried Fruit. Dates or Dried Tart Cherries. These are my jam. Every day I eat them up. Often when I first wake up I’ll grab a date to get me going in the morning, or I’ll snack on them through out the day for energy. I love eating the Medjool dates with the pit, they are fresher and more moist, and I add a pecan to the middle of them… kinda like these Stuffed Medjool Dates but without the marscarpone, that’s only for special occasions. :o) And I’ve recently been into using dates in place of sugar in recipes like in these Flour-less Fudge Brownie Bites with Greek Yogurt Frosting. As you know dried tart cherries make it into a lot of my recipes, but I’m literally obsessed. I always add them to a salad or tuna for lunch.

Gluten Free Bread. We have really tapered our bread intake since I got the ALCAT results back, but I like to have a slice of bread for breakfast with eggs, or occasionally we will make grilled cheese for a quick dinner on a weeknight.

Abundance Bowls with Almond Lemon Dressing-6

Nuts/Seeds/Nut Butter. These are one of my go to snacks. Apples with PB or Trail Mix. I always add nuts and seeds to my salad, and lately I’ve been a fan of mixing in nut butters into dressings. Like in this favorite Abundance Bowl. YUMMMMM.

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Almond Milk. Unsweetened of course. It’s my go to because of the yummy taste. I add it to smoothies, and I like to have a glass of almond milk in the evening with a dark chocolate square for a little night cap. This Almond Joy Protein Shake has all the almondy goodness. … 

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These Healthy Potato Skin Poppers are a crowd pleaser and would make a great Super Bowl party appetizer. Their smokey flavor and creamy texture will keep 'em going back for more. Vegetarian and Gluten Free.

Healthy Potato Skin Poppers

These Healthy Potato Skin Poppers are a crowd pleaser and would make a great Super Bowl party appetizer. Their smokey flavor and creamy texture will keep ‘em going back for more. Vegetarian and Gluten Free. I had planned on making these poppers for you last week for The Recipe Redux, but they were one of the few recipes… 

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This high protein and low sugar protein shake is a coffee lover's dream. Toss all ingredients into the blender, top with cacao nibs and sip all the frothy goodness with a straw. Perfect for an afternoon pick me up.

Coffee Lovers Protein Shake

This high protein and low sugar protein shake is a coffee lover’s dream. Toss all ingredients into the blender, top with cacao nibs and sip all the frothy goodness with a straw. Perfect for an afternoon pick me up.  Happy Friday friends! It’s a rainy evening here, and I like nothing more than sitting by the… 

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This protein packed Chicken Salad is topped with Avocado Ranch Dressing. This healthy ranch dressing is made with avocados and greek yogurt and has only 25 calories per serving and no added sugar.

Chicken Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

This protein packed Chicken Salad is topped with Avocado Ranch Dressing. This healthy ranch dressing is made with avocados and greek yogurt and has only 25 calories per serving and no added sugar.  I have a lot of cookbooks lying around the house, most sit on my bookshelf that needs dusting. There are a few… 

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My lasagna life was changed last night when I made lasagna and added... you guessed it, roasted butternut squash. It gives a wonderful sweet and creamy bite and pairs perfectly with melty cheese. This lasagna is loaded with veggies-- peppers, onions, mushrooms, spinach, and butternut squash. It's just perfect for a weeknight too and makes lots of leftovers!

Butternut Squash Lasagna

My lasagna life was changed last night when I made lasagna and added… you guessed it, roasted butternut squash. It gives a wonderful sweet and creamy bite and pairs perfectly with melty cheese. This lasagna is loaded with veggies– peppers, onions, mushrooms, spinach, and butternut squash. It’s just perfect for a weeknight too and makes lots… 

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These Peanut Butter Pumpkin Chewy Granola Bars are my go to snack. Simple whole foods, no added sugar, and homemade.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Chewy Granola Bars

These Peanut Butter Pumpkin Chewy Granola Bars are my go to snack. Simple whole foods, no added sugar, and homemade. I know I know. It’s far from fall and I’m making food with pumpkin in it. But if you’re anything like me, you likely have a can or two of pumpkin in the back of… 

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Roasted Butternut Squash-3

How to Roast Veggies 101

How to Guide for Roasting Vegetables. Roasting brings out the sweetness of a vegetable when it caramelizes in the oven. This Roasted Butternut Squash makes the perfect side dish or can be used in another recipe that calls for roasted butternut squash. YUMMMMM! This one is for you. You know who you are. When I… 

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Tart Cherry Greek Yogurt Pancakes with Tart Cherry Maple Syrup

Tart Cherry Greek Yogurt Pancakes with Tart Cherry Maple Syrup

Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt Pancakes stuffed with Dried Tart Cherries and Sweet Pecans and topped with a drizzle of Tart Cherry Maple Syrup. This post is sponsored by the Cherry Marketing Institute. All opinions are my own. If you’ve been around this blog long enough, you know about my love affair with dried tart cherries,… 

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