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?
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.
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
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.
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.