Posts Tagged ‘whole food’

What I Eat ~ Summer

I started this blog with the intention of giving you loads of food ideas to help you steer clear of foods with GMO’s without you having to go crazy – leave that to me, I’m so good at it! Well, I’ve noticed that I have not really helped you in that department; sure I’ve given you a couple of recipes but surely I’ve eaten more than those 5 recipes!

I’ve decided to post my daily menus for a week, maybe I’ll do one per season.  This could be great or could go horribly wrong, but then again, couldn’t that be said for anything we do in life?  I’ll take my chances, I apologize now if this bores you to tears!

Wednesday 7/6

Coffee Sun Roasters Organic Vanilla Nut with Organic Valley Half & Half and Florida Crystals organic sugar
YogurtStonyfield Farms Black Cherry yogurt with Whole Foods classic granola (from bulk) and fresh blueberries
Banana
Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai Tea
Sandwich – Trader Joe’s wheat burger bun with TJ’s organic mayonnaise, tomato, Applegate ham, 365 Brand Munster sliced cheese, fresh-picked  garden lettuce, TJ’s organic dill pickles slices
 Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai Tea
Pasta Salad
Burger – WF’s whole wheat bread, TJ’s organic mayo, tomato, baby spinach, TJ’s organic dill pickle slices, 365 Brand Munster sliced cheese
TJ’s Gourmet all-natural jelly beans
365 Brand Frozen fruit bar (tropical blend)

Thursday 7/7

Coffee Sun Roasters Organic Vanilla Nut with Organic Valley Half & Half and Florida Crystals organic sugar
Cereal – 365 Brand Apple-Cinnamon Morning O’s mixed with 365 Brand Honey-Nut Morning O’s with Stoneyfield Farms whole milk and fresh, organic blueberries
Yogurt – Stoneyfield Strawberry-pomagranite yogurt with WF’s classic granola (from bulk) and fresh, organic blueberries
Banana
Sandwich – Trader Joe’s wheat burger bun with TJ’s organic mayonnaise, tomato, Applegate ham, 365 Brand Munster sliced cheese, fresh-picked  garden lettuce, TJ’s organic dill pickles slices
Salad – Olivia’s organic baby spinach, carrot, cucumber, with Anne’s red wine & olive oil dressing and freshly grated Parmesan cheese
TJ’s Ricotta & Spinach tortellini with pesto sauce (This is a perfect example of a TJ’s brand meal that I question if the ingredients are really GMO-free!)
TJ’s Mixed nuts (50% less sodium; almonds, pistachios, macadamia nuts and cashews)

Friday 7/8

UGH! What a day!!  It was days like today that used to put me over the edge and made me wish I could walk into any store and buy food.
I had to be in court (for work) at 9am and it’s never known when I’ll be out, but it’s always at least an hour.  It was rainy and hot so I decided not to bring anything from home for lunch; I wasn’t sure if I would go back home after court or to WF’s but I would deal with it after court.  Well, I didn’t get out until noon (way later than I anticipated!) and I had an appointment at noon!  To get from court to the appointment to WF’s to work wasn’t really something that was going to be easy, basically they are all on opposite ends of the city.  It wasn’t until 2:00 that I landed back in the office; of course by then there was so much work piled on my desk that I wasn’t able to start with lunch.  These are the days that I realize how accustomed to this diet I have become.  Excuses aren’t made anymore; I need to eat, this is what I can eat, and this is where I can shop – PERIOD.
Cereal – 365 Brand Apple-Cinnamon Morning O’s mixed with 365 Brand Honey-Nut Morning O’s with Stoneyfield Farms whole mil
Luna Bar S’mores
Blake’s chicken mac & cheese
Sandwich – WF’s tongol tuna with TJ’s organic mayonnaise on a Trader Joe’s wheat burger bun with TJ’s organic dill pickles slices

Saturday 7/9

Cereal – 365 Brand Apple-Cinnamon Morning O’s mixed with 365 Brand Honey-Nut Morning O’s with Stoneyfield Farms whole milk and fresh, organic blueberries
1/2 Protein Shake – TJ’s vanilla protein powder (yes, my sister and I constantly fight over whether this is GMO-free or not!), TJ’s organic raspberry yogurt, banana, TJ’s frozen berries, Bob’s Red Mill golden flax (ground in my Magic Bullet), water (only because I ran out of coconut water!)
Grilled cheese sandwich – 365 Brand Munster sliced cheese, TJ’s organic butter, WF whole wheat sliced bread
The other 1/2 of  my Protein Shake and fresh cherries
Cliff  Mojo Mountain Mix bar and Sweat Leaf Iced Tea
Burger – WF’s whole wheat bread, TJ’s organic mayo, tomato, fresh garden lettuce, TJ’s organic dill pickle slices, 365 Brand Munster sliced cheese
Fresh cherries and TJ’s Mixed nuts (50% less sodium; almonds, pistachios, macadamia nuts and cashews)
Cookies and cream Luna bar
Love crunch with Organic Valley 2% milk

Sunday 7/10

Love crunch with Organic Valley 2% milk and fresh blueberries
TJ’s Mixed nuts
Cliff Bar Mountain Mix
Sweat Leaf half and half – DELICIOUS treat!!
Pasta and sauce with salad – Ate dinner over my parents’ house, it was all “organic” (see previous posts about my mother)
Love crunch with Organic Valley 2% milk
Cliff chocolate Builder Bar

Monday 7/11

Is this over yet!? I went from immediately writing down what I ate to now trying to recall it all over the next day’s morning coffee!

Yogurt – Stoneyfield Black Cherry with fresh blueberries and WF’s classic granola
Sandwich – WF’s tongol tuna with TJ’s organic mayonnaise on a Trader Joe’s wheat burger bun with TJ’s organic dill pickles slices
Salad – Olivia’s organic baby spinach, carrot, cucumber, with Anne’s red wine & olive oil dressing and freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Chicken kabobs – WF’s organic chicken breast (#3 rated) marinated in Organicville sesame teriyaki with red, yellow and orange bell peppers, button mushrooms and onions (broiled under gas broiler)
Luna Bar Nuts over Chocolate
365 Brand Fruit bar

Tuesday 7/12

I can’t do this anymore! Sorry!  I didn’t eat anything different from the rest of the week so you didn’t miss anything! 

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Sorry, I’ve been slacking!

I know, I know, I’m so sorry to not have followed up with a post about the Maine trip!  Let’s see how well my memory serves me…

After packing my clothes and camping gear I hit the fridge, I went with an “Everything Go’s!” attitude because we all know how much I love to eat!  I went to pick up my sister and after packing all her gear + food, we were off to Whole Foods to fill in the blanks.  I can’t really remember what we bought but I do remember we had way more food than camping gear (the whole backseat was food!)  We made it to Camp around 9pm and unpacked our coolers and set up our tent.   The next morning we ate yogurt and berries (my parents had brought some blackberries my cousin picked from his yard (in another part of Maine), they were by far the BEST blackberries I ever ate!  I ate as many as I could during the weekend and brought the rest home with me 🙂  During breakfast we had to field a few questions about food, luckily my parents had already been there for a few days so everyone had already heard the basics.  I still find it interesting how hard it is for Baby Boomers to grasp what “organic” is.  My father thinks if you got it at Whole Foods, it’s organic.  At least he can define the word, my sister’s stepfather offers us plenty of ‘organics’, apparently anything that had to be picked is organic!  My mother, as much as she tries, hates when things don’t work out so she resorts to … fibbing, for lack of a better word.  Now, she isn’t flat-out lying about things, she just wants everything to be perfect and if I say I am going to pass on something, that is not perfect.  So she tells me the salad dressing is organic (which usually just means it came from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods)so I am in the habit of casually checking her labels – Albertson’s.  She brought this from Florida.  Not only isn’t it organic, but it’s not even GMO free!

Overall, Maine was a success, more than I thought it would be.  The only issue I had was getting over how STUPID my sister and I can be sometimes!   You know how traditional food holds a place in your heart?  Well every time I visit Camp, I eat a whoopie pie – but ONLY at Camp!  I have seen them sold around here but know they aren’t the same and have reserved that as a special treat for Maine.  My sister and I have noticed whoopie pies at Whole Foods and have discussed them a number of times; wouldn’t you think one of us would have said “Hey, we should bring whoopie pies with us!”?  Well, we didn’t.  Saturday night after everyone was done with their dinner (yet another Maine specialty, ham & cheese dagwoods from the corner store… I can taste it as I type, what a disappointment to miss!) they broke out the whoopie pies.  My sister and I took our snack bag to our tent and pigged out on our own snacks and then lite a fire and enjoyed (approved) s’mores! 

Being back at home should have returned some sanity to my life but I found that the opposite was happening.  I had the day off Monday so I went to the beach, I left at 1:00 because I had recipes swimming in my head that I wanted to bring to fruition.  I tried so hard to get a menu and shopping list together to no avail.  I went through Trader Joe’s and came out empty-handed.  I went home and ended up sulking on my couch the entire night.  This mood was still with me on Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday I tried really hard but when I found out PYO blueberries were done for the season, I crumbled.  Summer’s over.  (This statement almost brings a tear to my eye.)  It was my parents’ last weekend so I stayed there until late Sunday afternoon.  I attempted to do some food shopping on my way home but I still hadn’t shaken the overwhelmed feeling and I just couldn’t get my thoughts together.  Luckily I felt more myself when I woke up on Monday and was able to do my shopping in pieces throughout the week with one big shop on Saturday, after visiting my sister’s mother’s garden, of course

I spent from 11:30 – 6:30 Sunday preparing food!  I made a spaghetti sauce with the Roma tomatoes that are really popping right now, along with the fresh garlic, onions, peppers and basil (and chorizo); I am pretty proud of my (1st ever!) from-scratch sauce!  I made some chorizo and peppers which was also a first-time try and it came out great!  I was able to make enough zucchini mush for 8 loafs of zucchini bread, 2 batches I froze for winter baking and 2 batches I was going to make yesterday, one to eat, one to freeze… well, 35 minutes into my first batch the smell overtook my apartment and I was having flashbacks of childhood, I couldn’t wait to enjoy my own freshly baked zucchini bread!!  By the time the timer went off, I was prepared to devour one entire loaf – until I opened the oven and saw my creation 😦   Instantly I remembered making this before and it came out horribly, it looked exactly the same this time!  How can something smell sooooo good but be soooooo bad!?  Now, being the avid baker that I have become, I knew there was something terribly wrong with my recipe; I checked the internet and decided a call to Mom was in order.  “What about the flour?” she said “Yeah, do you use flour?”  “Of course I do”, she says, “it wouldn’t be very good without it!” (I think she thought I was trying to avoid using flour)  “Nice, thanks for sabotaging all my efforts to make zucchini bread! You said 3 more eggs, not 3 cups of flour!!!”  Oh boy, did we laugh at that!  🙂  So I made a trip to Whole Foods this morning for flour (I decided to go with a mixture of whole grain and white flour) and I will try again this evening, although it has been a long, rainy Monday and I am thinking dinner might be enough effort for this girl tonight!

Day 17; Misc

My mom called me yesterday while they were doing errands, she was headed to Trader Joe’s for her food shopping, “Hopefully they have everything we need”.  I told her to read me her list and I confirmed they had everything she needed except the paper goods.  That wasn’t enough to detour her 🙂 

I’m noticing people want me to put a label on my new habit.  I can’t.  I don’t even have a catchy phrase for what I am doing, I call it “my new thing” or “this journey”.  I’m not going organic or becoming a vegetarian (or a vegan).  I am GMO-free though, that one thing for certain!  I have stopped craving meat and rarely ever eat it (although I still peruse the meat counter of my local Whole Foods but that’s only because all the butchers are soooo cute! lol)  I am much more comfortable buying organics because it takes the GMO guess-work out of it.  Shopping was hard enough before the change!  So until I figure this out, I will refrain from using labels – hell, I’ve never been one to fall within a certain group so I’m sure this won’t be any different! 

I watched The Future of Food last night and all I could say was “wow” when it ended.  I would suggest Food, Inc. to be the first of the ‘series’, if you will, as it touches on all the major issues and opens your mind for the rest to follow.  The Future of Food went into the agriculture issues and was very interesting and inspiring.  Each time I learn more or re-learn something I feel more empowered and want to make changes!  Last night I looked up jobs in the FDA, my specialty has always been infiltration LOL  Seriously though, I want to do something.  I wish I learned about this in high school, I would have went to college and became a scientist; I needed something to believe in and this would have changed my life – sooner.

This morning I bought some coconut milk for my cereal… I am eating it right now and NOT enjoying it!!  I thought the vanilla would put some flavor in my organic frosted (barely) mini wheats – its like a sweet vanilla-coconut candy.  I threw the end of it out 😦  Looking forward to lunch, always do until I get to it the fridge and see what I have LOL  Yesterday morning I realized I had nothing for lunch so I threw some tortolinis (spinach, mottz and walnut filled) with edemame and olive oil and some spices (this has been my go-to meal, I have eaten it cold at least once/day since I started this).  Yesterday I heated it up and it was really yummy, I also used Spike seasoning for the first time and enjoyed it.  I made the same today but with raviolis (can’t remember what they’re filled with, artichoke and something…)  For now I will eat a Stop and Shop organic brand (Nature’s Promise) snack bar…it was alright, not crazy about the taste of the honey they use but its organic and satisfied my sweet tooth, for now 🙂