Time for a blast from the past. I haven’t shown a produce haul on this blog since 2013! And there’s not many photos I love taking more than ones displaying a tabletop full of fresh, delicious, healthy things to eat.
Pictures of the fruits and veggies that I bought were once commonplace around these parts, and I don’t really know what shifted. I do know that, generally speaking, I don’t really care for sharing everything I eat and drink, just because I get bored reading those sorts of posts, and I write this blog as a way to stay engaged with my healthy and fitness efforts, not be bored by it. (Sometimes I do share what I’m eating, often when I’m traveling, but I usually just throw the photos up on my Twitter.)
Produce haul posts were a way around that problem, because it was a way for me to share my excitement about the potential of food. I love grocery shopping, and arming myself with healthy options, so these posts are about setting myself up for success in the coming days.
And that’s a key reason why I’m posting this produce haul now. For the most part, I don’t do huge grocery shopping trips. I’d rather do a couple smaller trips to the store every week. Lately, though, I’ve been noticing that I’ve been steering away from fresh produce, and leaning more on grab-and-go prepared foods and frozen stuff.
There are plenty of healthy options to be found in both of those sections at the store, but with less time spent in the produce section, I found myself buying a little more junk, too. My recent Cheetos post was fun to do, but I gotta stop buying that sort of stuff altogether, because I know I’m bad at portion control, and having that stuff in my house leads to bad habits.
Plus, I haven’t been burning as many calories this month, due to my exercise break, so I can’t let myself slip up with my eating. I need to buckle down. And for me, that means more planning. And the key to planning is to have healthy options, and plenty of fresh food. Like produce! And I just bought a ton of it, so let’s see what I bought!
Here’s that veggie photo again:
Here’s what we’re looking at (roughly clockwise from top left):
- 3 salad kits, because I can have busy days, and these are a super easy lunch option. (I only buy ones that don’t have grain-based components, so no croutons, tortilla strips, or wonton pieces for me.)
- Bell peppers. Red, yellow and orange peppers were all on sale, so I bought 2 of each.
- 2 shallots
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 red cabbage, which I will use to try out a new-to-me recipe. Stay tuned!
- 2 yellow onions
- 2 zucchini
- 1 orange cauliflower
- 1 little nub of fresh ginger root
- 1 yellow squash
- 2 avocados (technically a fruit, but more frequently used in savory concoctions, so I lump it with veggies)
- 3 broccoli crowns
And here’s the fruit!
- 4 bananas, very green. They’ll need a few days to ripen.
- 1 pineapple, on sale!
- Red grapes, which I immediately washed and separated from the stems, and popped in the freezer. Frozen grapes are a great snack!
- 4 Fuji apples.
- 2 pounds of strawberries, also on sale.
Where are the strawberries? After I put everything away, I realized I had forgotten them when I took the fruit picture, but I was too lazy to set it all back up. But here they are!
I bought other things, too, but I like sharing the produce, because it’s colorful and fresh. Oh, but I did buy coconut oil for the first time!
Coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils out there. I’ve enjoyed it in dishes at friends’ houses, but I’ve never bought it before. So, if you’re a coconut oil aficionado, pipe up in the comments section and tell me your favorite ways to use it!
Looking forward to a week of super healthy eating!
Keep it up, David!