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7 Food and Drinks I Can’t Live Without

I am a creature of habit. I go to bed at 10 p.m.. I like my coffee with one tablespoon of half-and-half and a teaspoon of sugar. And on Sunday evenings I like to unwind with competitive cooking shows. But these things are just the tip of my “creature of habit” iceberg. One thing that I noticed is my diet. The food I consume on a weekly basis bordered on an addiction, albeit a healthy one. There are items that I must have in my kitchen at all times.

I took a personal tally of what I buy for myself (not all the things I buy for my daughter and my husband — they have their OWN list). Here are seven products on my must-haves beyond fresh vegetable and meats. What is on your list?

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1. McCann’s Imported Quick and Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal

Every single morning I make a hearty bowl of this oatmeal. I used to get those little packets at Trader Joe’s and just pop them in the microwave, but after staying at a hotel that offered the freshly made steel cut Irish oats, I just couldn’t return to the insta kind. Plus I prefer flavoring it myself, either with brown sugar or maple syrup.

2. Fage Greek Yogurt

There was a time I would buy the flavored yogurt, but then I realized how much extra sugar I was adding to my diet. I switched and started to only buy the plain non-flavored Greek yogurt. But I don’t eat it plan (I’m not that crazy!), I add in a tablespoon of maple syrup, while my daughter prefers to have it with a bit of strawberry jam.

3. Quinoa

This is my go-to lunch that I eat about five times a week. I add in different things such as kale, lettuce, a hard-boiled egg and a olive oil, vinegar and mustard dressing. I always add the next product on my list (see below), which gives the dish some zing. I’ve recently shed some pounds and I really do credit my new lunch regime.

4. Sabra Supremely Spicy Hummus

I like hummus. I don’t LOVE hummus. But I do LOVE Sabra’s Supremely Spicy Hummus. I always add a tablespoon of this to my quinoa salad, which adds a creamy quality and a punch of spice. It’s also great on crackers or veggies!

5. Pete’s Coffee Sumatra Beans

I drink this every single day. It has a great balance to it, not too tart, not to dark. On occasion we’ll mix up our coffee choice, going with a Arabian Mocha-Java or the Uzuri African Blend, but we always go back to the Sumatra.

6. Strauss Family Creamery Half-and-Half

This is one of my newest additions to my list. When I was pregnant I would go through gallons of Strauss Family Creamery’s whole milk. My body just craved it. But it had been years since I bought their dairy products. I recently started to buy their organic half-and-half that comes in old school milk bottles, and I totally taste the difference in my morning coffee. I’m never going back to the regular old stuff again.

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7. St. Pauli Girls Non-Alcoholic Beer

First I should get this out of the way. I do indeed drink. But I drink in moderation. I love beer and find that popping open a bottle at the end of the day is a nice way to relax and close the “work part” to the “cold-chill” part. But I don’t like how drinking beer (or really any alcoholic beverage) makes me feel. That’s where the non-alcoholic beer comes in. It gives the satisfaction of beer without all the pesky booze. And it’s pretty amusing when friends spot me sipping not just my St. Pauli’s but a shot of tequila.

What do YOU have to buy each week?

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