Stocking up + New Thing!


Yesterday was all about getting settled back into my apartment.  I was so exhausted when I got back on Friday that I fell asleep at 8:00pm.  Needless to say I saw up early on Sunday (6:30am, I slept a ton!).  I lounged around for a bit (aka watched Ugly Betty and Mad Men), cleaned the apartment then finally got around to going to the grocery store.

I love grocery shopping, but I always get a little flustered when the grocery store is crowded.  I like shopping on a weekday better, but oh well!

Anyway, so I loaded up on a ton of stuff.  Somehow it managed to all fit in my handy DSW bag!

Do you use reusable bags? They were very common in Berkeley and to some extent here as well.  In Berkeley, I kind of felt like I was getting a glare if I didn’t have one and the cashiers were all smiles when you had a reusable bag!

I loaded up on tons of healthy things.

I also bought a few new things to try out.  The first is almond milk (almond non-dairy beverage?).  Ordinarily I buy lactaid to use in coffee and cereal.  I’ve realized that since I have to take lactaid I probably shouldn’t be drinking milk… It also kind of scares me that lactaid lasts for so long and doesn’t go bad as regular milk does.  So I decided to try out something new.

This morning I had almond milk in my coffee and I’ll say it was pretty good.  I could definitely get used to it.  It doesn’t have the same amount of protein as milk/lactaid but the amount of milk/lactaid that I drank was so small that I feel like it’s not really significant.

While I was visiting the lovely fella in the Bay Area last week, we went to Whole Foods one day.  In the bulk food section, I came across Chia seeds, which I had been seeing on about 8394002779 million blogs. Yes this kind…

I got a very small amount ($0.35 worth) and have been waiting to try it ever since.

I added some to my oats this morning.  Honestly, it didn’t really change the flavor but made the texture slightly different, a little more gel-like.

I’m going to look around for these in Ithaca.  I liked the texture and the health benefits sound great!

  • 15g (2 tbsp) has about 75 calories.  (I added 5g to my oatmeal)
  • Chia is richer in omega-3 fatty acids than flax (source)
  • Chia is rich in antioxidants and vitamins (source)

Are you a chia fan?

New Leaf Update:

In case you missed it, I’m turning over a new leaf.

Day 1 went well!  Starting on the right foot is always a good sign!  I stocked up so I’m ready to go!  I went to the gym for a short work out since I’m sick I took it easy.    If you’re curious about what I ate all day, check out my sparkpage and click “Shared Food & Fitness Trackers” on the right to see it all!

Anyway, the rest of today will be spent unpacking and cleaning up… probably watching a few episodes of Mad Men too because apparently I’m obsessed!

Happy MLK Day!

Just curious… Anyone doing a day of service?

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7 thoughts on “Stocking up + New Thing!

  1. Lost for Gain says:

    I confess that I’m still a plastic bag user, despite most people at my grocery store using reusable bags. Now that a law was passed that you’re charged 5 cents for every plastic bag, I think it’s time to make the transition!

  2. Anna says:

    I get plastic bags, but we “reuse” them as poop carriers for our dog walks. Definitely a necessity 🙂

    Looks like you got some great food to get you going on your “new leaf” project. I love putting chia in my oats! I do it every morning!

  3. Jessica@Healthy Exposures says:

    I’ve been dying to try chia seeds, as well; just seeing if i can buy them locally before ordering online. Not many health food stores where I am, unfortunately!

    I have definitely noticed reusable bags becoming more and more popular, though! I know I feel awful when I forget mine, so I usually end up buying another one! haha.

  4. Suzanne says:

    Hubby and I have reusable bags for groceries, but sometimes we walk out of the house with empty hands… by the time we realize that we’ve forgotten them it’s too late.

    I love almond milk- it makes everything taste better!

  5. Danielle says:

    I have multiple eco-friendly bags but I always forget to use them 😳
    I ❤ almond milk! I've tried every brand out there and I'll have to recommend Almond Breeze.
    I just read about "turning over a new leaf" and although I don't think calorie-counting works for most people, I think you should do what you know works best for you 🙂 You'll do great the next couple months!

  6. balancejoyanddelicias says:

    fabulous groceries load! 😀 it always makes me smile by seeing a lot of veggies and healthy food! 😀
    I have many reusable bags but always forget to bring them when I go shopping 😦

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