Yesterday, on the F7 Wellness Facebook page, I posted a link for a pretty good link for a vegan grocery list. (Don’t let the word “vegan” throw you off. It’s a great list for anybody who wants a great start on what to have on hand.) Then, I got to thinking. I could write my own list. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a “grocery list” but people ask me all the time about what it is that I eat, what it is that I use, where did I get it and why am I so broke all the time….oh, sorry, that would be my question to myself. 🙂 So here is Tasha’s run down of things I MUST have. Enjoy!
1.) Vinegar. Why? It cut out a very large expense….those cute little fruit and veggie washes in the store that cost about $5.00 a bottle. Get you a little spray bottle and mix one part vinegar with four parts water and there you have it. For verification, Health Magazine just published the EXACT same thing in their Jan./Feb. issue. I was also raised by parents who were born in the South so my grandma always put vinegar on her greens. There is no need for me to break the tradition. 🙂 I use Apple Cider Vinegar every now and then for salad dressings and detox drinks. I will ONLY use Braggs.
2.) SALT. I am a salt-a-holic so I switched to Redmond Real Salt: Ancient All Natural Sea Salt. God knows if I had some Mortons, I’d be on high blood pressure medication right now. I only need a dash to flavor my food because of the quality. It will cost you close to $5 for 9 oz. but it’s worth it and you use less of it.
3.) Herbamare Orginal Organic Herb Seasoning Salt: I use this too. It has so many seasonings in it, it’s ridiculous but this is some good stuff ESPECIALLY if you were raised on Lawry’s and Accent. 🙂 The 8.8 oz. container costs close to $10 but, again, when it’s quality, you don’t have to use as much. The sodium content is lower than salt. They “may” have a sodium free version but I don’t know because I never looked for it. 🙂
4.) Cinnamon: This might be my drug of choice. On oatmeal, in my yogurt, on apples, bananas and I use A LOT of it. It also has some healing properties. Look it up.
5.) Cumin: People seem to sleep on this seasoning. I usually use it if I am making chili or guacamole or something. It just gives things an extra kick. I am not really a spicy girl but I love the flavor of this stuff.
6.) High Quality Olive Oil: I make salad dressings with it and saute EVERYTHING in it. If there is no olive oil (and if you use a cheap kind, you will notice the difference.)
7.) Onions and Garlic: I always have these on hand because they make EVERYTHING taste better. I use the fresh ones. Don’t waste your money on the already minced garlic in the little jars. They are time saving but don’t you wonder how long it’s been in there? And, besides, pressing a fresh clove of garlic is therapeutic. 🙂
8.) Braggs Liquid Aminos: I use this in place of soy sauce. It won’t TASTE like soy sauce but this is an excellent seasoning and it has NO SODIUM.
9.) Tea…preferably from Teavana. Please note: This is an EXPENSIVE habit. However, there are SO MANY health benefits in tea. Drink a variety: white, green, rooibos. My favorite right now: Oolong (especially great for those of you who have tummy troubles and who are trying to lose a few pounds.)
10.) Quinoa: (KWEEN-WAH) This is the best grain ever. Versatile, cooks in twenty minutes and delicious. I can saute up some veggies and toss them over this and dinner is done. Where’s my protein, you ask? Well, quinoa is the ONLY GRAIN that is a “complete protein”. How about that?
Look for another 10 later this week.