What to Buy in the Grocery Store

GroceryBagThe other day a client asked me if I could recommend brands for her to buy at the grocery store.  I asked what she was looking for and she said can’t you just tell me what is in your refrigerator and cupboard and I’ll buy that?  I had to laugh because I knew that wasn’t going to help her.  We don’t shop at the same stores and I tend to stick with the house brand organic of Stop n Shop and Trader Joe’s.  They are local for me, we don’t have a Whole Foods or a co-op that I can shop in.

Of course there are certain brands that I like more than others and they are available in many stores.  But the real tool of food shopping is reading the labels and knowing what you are buying.  I am pretty certain that’s what she was hoping to avoid.  Unfortunately even within the brands I like there are ingredients I’m not fond of or I feel there is too much sodium in some of the products.

We’ve done a grocery store tour together and she has done my cleanse so she’s familiar with what I recommend.  I don;t generally name a lot of brands on my handouts but I do suggest foods, meats, dairy, condiments, beverages, staples, snacks, and fair trade, organic coffee.  I recommend organic, local, seasonal or frozen, grass-fed and hormone free. I teach people how to read labels and know what they are looking for.  If you have no idea what an ingredient is why would you eat it?

So we will have a mini refresher at our next meeting and we will do another grocery store together.  My next tour will be of Whole Foods, Tribeca on March 16th.  We’d love for you to join us, you can sign up by sending me an email: janinemchale@empoweredplate.com.

Rather do a cleanse that involves eating whole foods, instead of juicing? I’m leading one of those February 24th.  You can click here for more details: press the reset button.