As dietitians we're suppose to have all the answers to any food-related questions and be the perfect eaters all the time. We probably never overindulge on ice cream and stick to proper portions at every meal, right?! Um, not really … We try to eat healthy the same as everyone else but ice cream and other treats do find their way into our shopping carts (which is totally fine!). So, I wanted to start a new series on the ShopWell blog were you get to peek at what a dietitian actually buys at the grocery store. 

 

To start off the series, we get to take a peek into Sarah's shopping cart. Sarah Fitzgerald is a San Francisco-based registered dietitian who loves all things food and fitness. I'll let her tell you about what she stocks up on. 

 

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My weekly trip to the grocery store is usually to replenish the kitchen with our favorite food staples and typically to stock ingredients for 1-2 dinner recipes. I tend to organize my shopping list by planning through the three meals. My breakfast staples include eggs, greek yogurt, berries, whole grain bread and almond butter (not pictured here, but I always have a spare jar on hand). Lunch is generally focused on easy, grab-and-go items. I like to throw in a couple of pre-made salads for easy access during a busy week. My husband always appreciates a basic turkey sandwich, so I often keep the staples for a simple sandwich on hand as well. For dinner I usually pick 1-2 recipes for the week that I know will produce generous leftovers. In the mix this week are the makings for a lemon garlic orzo with roasted veggies (ingredients include: crimini mushrooms, assorted bell peppers, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, shallot, orzo, feta cheese).  I will do some simple baked chicken on the side for some protein. After a busy workday I like to have plenty of veggies and some lean protein options to throw together for a quick meal. One of our favorites is sautΓ©ed spinach with garlic, tomatoes, broccoli, black beans and a fried egg on top. 

I find with a little planning, a pantry and fridge stocked with staples helps us enjoy healthy and delicious food, even in the midst of a busy week!

 

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks into dietitians' shopping carts! 

 

Sarah Fitzgerald is a registered dietitian and owner of RDelish. Her philosophy on food is "eat what makes your body feel best… and when you stray away, do so in moderation." She works as a clinical dietitian at Stanford Healthcare and has a private practice as well. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

 

 

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