Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday: Grocery Staples

Welcome to another edition of What I Ate Wednesday! As always, a big thanks to Jen over at Peas and Crayons for hosting the blogger party :)

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Yeaaa I know, crazy that it's AUGUST already!!! Where the heck did the summer go? Time flies when you're having fun right? And fun I always have when I go to Whole Foods or my favorite local grocery store Giant. Whole foods would definitely be my first choice, but the closest one is like 30 minutes away and always becomes a night long affair. Giant has a really great organic section, so I tend to go there often. So without further ado, here are my most recent purchases which are quickly becoming (if not already) Summer Staples....

 Better Oats Organic Raw Oats- I love these individual packets because they make it so simple for me to put together my overnight oats each night. The ingredients list is all organic and so simple: Organic whole grain rolled oats, organic barley, organic wheat, organic flaxseed, organic quinoa, organic rye, evaportaed sea salt. I definitely recommend these to anyone and everyone who enjoys oatmeal or overnight oats.

  Greens+ Chia Seeds- I use black Chia seeds in my overnight oats everyday, and these individual packets are much cheaper than buying Chia seeds in bulk. At only $1, these individual packs are good for about 4 servings of overnight oats, so I love them. (Pleasee excuse my paint covered fingers! I was painting picture frames all evening, and the paint wouldn't come off!)

 Kashi Heart to Heart- Always my go to cereal, and whenever it is on sale I always buy 2 or 3 boxes. My favorite way to eat it is with skim milk, sliced banana, and a sprinkle of truvia with a hot steaming cup of coffee.

 Tully's French Roast Coffee- Speaking of coffee.... I use these french roast K-cups for my Keurig in the morning to make my much needed iced coffee.

 Nature's Promise Organic Quick Oats- I ran out of my tub of organic rolled oats, and these were all that Giant had. I have used these to make my Healthy Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes recently (click here for the recipe!), and I didn't notice much of a difference. Still delicious as always :)

 Stacy's Pita Chips Simply Naked- These are new (and on sale), and since I am already obsessed with Stacy's regular pita chips, I decided to give these a try. They're really good. Similar to the regular ones but lighter and flakier.

 Alexia Sweet Potato Crispy Bite Sized Puffs- These sweet potato tater tots are sooooo delicious. All natural and soo sweet and delicious! I like to broil them for a minute at the end of cooking to crisp them up a bit.

 Adonia Greek Frozen Yogurt- My favorite dessert :) I am literally obsesseedddd with this frozen yogurt. I love the Vanilla flavor the best, but I have recently been trying other flavors as well.

 Nature's Promise Sweet Crunch Bread- I always have a tough time finding any kind of bread that doesn't have preservatives, modified corn starch, or other artificial ingredients, but this bread is all natural!! It's sweet and has 5grams of protein. A true win in my book.

 Tazo Giant Peach Tea- An all natural tea that is found in a variety of different convenient stores and grocery stores. I tried it for the first time yesterday, and it was so refreshing! Very, very sweet, but a great summer drink.

 Nature's Promise Organic Cage Free Brown Eggs- Noticing a Nature's Promise trend here...? :) It's Giant's organic brand, so I have lots of their goodies. Like I've said before, after watching Food, Inc. and reading a number of articles like this one on VegNews.com about dairy farms, I refuse to buy anything but organic, cage free eggs. I'm not really one to preach about my lifestyle choices, but after reading that article it's hard not too...

 La Croix Peach Pear- On to happier products... Seltzer water is a must have in my house during the summer time. La Croix has naturally flavored seltzers, and my mom just picked up this new flavor last week. It's good.. different than anything I've ever tasted, but I like it!

 Bertolli Organic Tradition Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce, 365 Mild Salsa, and Stonyfield Oikos Greek Yogurt- All staples in my fridge. I like to use the pasta sauce to eat with my Italian Quesadillas (recipe at the bottom of this post), the salsa on carrots and tortilla chips, and the yogurt for my overnight oats.

 Carrot Chips and Hummus- Whoever thought of this was a genius. I love how adorable these carrot chips are, and how convenient they are for dunking in hummus or salad dressing!

 Gazebo Room Lite Greek Salad Dressing- Loving this dressing right now. I rarely use salad dressing on my salads. Typically I just throw on globs of hummus and a quick splash of balsamic vinegar and call it a day. The other day, however, I made a Greek Farro Salad and needed greek dressing soooo ever since then I've been using it on my lunch salads!

 Sargento Light Cheese Sticks- A perfect afternoon snack for work.

 100% Pure Maple Syrup- All pure! No ifs, ands, or buts about it. This is the only kind of syrup I will use because I don't like the idea of corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup added to breakfast syrup. And honestly... why fix it if it's not broken right? Real maple syrup is so delicious as is.

 Ghiradelli 60% Cacao Chocolate Chips- Purchased for my Healthy Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes and my Healthy Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars (recipe here)....can you tell I have a little bit of a thing for dark chocolate and oatmeal baked into goodies? Some might call it an addiction... I call it heaven. And that's that ;)

Well, those are my most recent grocery purchases and summer staples... feel free to share your thoughts and opinions about the products!

I hope you all have a wonderful 1st day of August!


  1. That frozen yogurt is soooo good! I have some in my freezer right now. :-)

  2. I love Alexia's sweet potato waffle fries, but I have never tried the tots...they look awesome! I need to find them!

    1. I like the waffle fries, but the tots are much sweeter and sweet potato-ey (...not a word) so I like them much better!!

  3. Aw! I just moved from the East Coast to the middle of Montana and I am missing Giant something terrible! I'm a sweet potato junkie & have been meaning to try those tots. I love every other product I've tried from Alexia's. Also, carrot chips? Brilliant!

  4. I cant believe its August already! This year is almost over and its flying by!
    I've heard of that Adonia Greek froyo and would looovee to try it! Sounds so delish! :)

  5. I love sweet potatoes,sadly,they're not very popular around here and they don't sell them in tot-form anywhere... However,those carrot chips are so cool! I've only seen baby carrots so far,but these seem even better and perfect for a dip-lover like me! :)

  6. I've heard of Adonia but haven't tracked any down yet - the search continues! And I totally heart those sweet potato tots :)

    1. If you can't find Adonia, Stonyfield Frozen Greek Yogurt is delish as well!

  7. sweet potato tater tots?!?!? i have to go find them.

    your chocolate chip pancakes sound delicious. i haven't made pancakes in too long.

    1. Thank you :) They're just too simple and comforting not to make frequently!

  8. Hmm now I want to try and make sweet potato tots...

    1. From the cute name of your blog...it looks like you need to make these asap!

  9. I just moved from Lancaster PA and you're showing some of my most loved and most missed grocery items!! Love the carrot chips (why do they taste sooo much better this way??!!) The sweet potato tater tots are a little bit of heaven and a friend recently introduced me to Gazebo Room dressing when she made a cous cous, tomato, cucumber, kalamata olive and feta salad with Gazebo Room dressing- Yum!

    1. Ah Lancaster? That's not too far from me! Shame you're missing such goodies :( That cous cous salad sounds reallyyyy similar to the farro salad I made (and the reason I bought the dressing in the first place!... Farro, tomato, feta, chopped spring mix, served warm in a big bowl.

  10. I LOVE all things Alexia and Sweet Potatoes. I made sweet potato "totchos" with those once and thought I'd died and gone to heaven. :)

  11. Nature's Promise has some of the BEST foods ever. I adore their organic oats (they are so chewy!) and their eggs are always a good price.

  12. I'm on a huge sweet potato kick right now! I can't get enough of them.

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