As usual, I was up bright and early on Saturday morning for the last double digit run before the marathon.
If you’re counting, it’s a mere 14 days away!
The legs felt a little heavy when I started, but they pepped right up after a few miles and I managed about 6 miles at marathon pace. They felt great and fairly easy – hooray!
I’m pretty pleased with how the run went, and it really gave me the confidence I needed regarding my goal marathon pace. Here are the Garmin deets:
So, 14.2 miles total in 2:06:23, with an average of 8:53/mile. I have to say, it felt a little strange finishing this run in about 2 hours, compared with the 2.5 – 3 hour runs I’ve gotten used to. A little extra time = win!
Of course, with a little free time I took a trip to one of my favorite spots – Whole Foods (hehe, yes, I’m a food/health nerd, if you haven’t figured that out already) – for some much-needed grocery shopping.
So I thought I’d do a little something different and give you a peek into my fridge and some kitchen cabinets to highlight a few of my favorite grocery staples.
Top shelf (where mama hides the..Almond milk? hehe)
- Almond milk – one of the things I tend to stock up on – it has a long shelf life (more than a month) and I go through about a container each week to support my daily cereal habit.
- Brita pitcher – I don’t even know how much money this saves me vs. buying bottled water
- Fage Total 0% Greek yogurt (large containers) – I go through Greek yogurt alarmingly fast, so I keep the large containers for snacking (yes, there are three in there!)
- Siggi’s Greek yogurt (small containers) – for lunches during the week! Siggi’s is super thick and delicious, and I stocked up since it was on sale (naturally)
- Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin sprouted grain bread – an essential component to my lunchtime PB & J sandwiches
- Trader Joe’s natural crunchy peanut butter – see above
- Trader Joe’s boysenberry jam – see above 🙂
- Smart Balance – for toast, potatoes, pasta, grilled cheese, etc.
- Trader Joe’s Cilantro Jalapeno hummus – for snacking or a quick dinner with veggies and toast (this stuff is amazing, btw!)
- Frozen blueberries – as a cereal topper in the mornings. I buy frozen berries when they’re not in season – much cheaper and tastier!
Bottom shelf and crisper drawer
- Figs – I die for figs, and have been stocking up while I can. My favorite way to eat them is here
- Apples – you know what they say – “An apple a day….”
- Oranges – Vitamin C!
- Pre-washed greens – I love having these on-hand to throw into a weekday dinner or put a quick salad together
- Cheeses – goat cheese is a usual suspect, though I’ve branched out recently with Jarlsburg and Brie
- Veggies – at any given time, I have carrots and bell peppers on-hand for salads and snacking
My Manhattan kitchen is teensy, so my cereal supply often looks like this:
Full disclosure: I’m somewhat of a cereal hoarder. I have to buy a box at each grocery store visit, or it just feels weird. (I never said I was normal!) I probably go through at least a few boxes a week.
Storage space is at a minimum, so I tend to stock my cabinets tightly with various baking staples, coffee (decaf!), quinoa, pasta, nuts, and a few jars of Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter.
I store fruits that can’t be refrigerated on my kitchen windowsill:
- Bananas – I eat one of these before every run
- Pears – for snacking
- Clif bar/gels/Shot Bloks – marathon training, ’nuff said
- Dove Dark Chocolate Squares – a must, obviously!
The bottom shelf of my fridge is usually also full of Tupperware holding my pre-made weekly dinners – stay tuned for a new recipe soon 🙂
Some people go on and on about how healthy my diet is, but I don’t eat these foods just because they’re considered to be “good” for you. I eat them because I honestly like them, and I like the way they make me feel. I am a firm believer that “we are what we eat”, and I need wholesome, real food to fuel my running and busy lifestyle.
Food is one of the things I do spend a decent amount of money on, because I think putting quality foods into our bodies is important, and it’s totally worth it to me. That said, I love me a bargain too 🙂
Now you tell me, what are some of your grocery staples?