Monday, February 11, 2013

Weekend Grocery Shopping And New Green Tea Powder With Acai

Hello, Monday.  This was one of those weekends that I could have easily extended a few more days.  I did a lot of studying and grocery shopping.  And that's about all!  The grocery shopping was my fun-time study break.  So, I decided to post some pics of my haul.

I've been wanting to try Sprouted Mung Beans because they're supposed to be easy to digest and nutrient-rich. I picked up Wild Rice and Forbidden Rice to add a little grain variety to my pantry.  I'm totally quinoa girl, and eat it every day.  I'll probably make soup with the Lite Coconut Milk.

Yes, I want to add variety, but I have to have my Quinoa.  We've turned into big tea drinkers lately.  I drink fancy tea when I start roaming around the kitchen because I'm bored, tired, or don't want to study anymore.  I used to go for potato chips, now I have nice tea.  The Mate Chai was picked out by Tim, and I picked out the Sencha Green Tea Powder with Acai and the Nighty Ginger Tea with peppermint and camomile.  We found the tea at our favorite Asian grocery store.  And we have a few more staples: tahini, raw cashews, and flax meal.  I had to bring home my favorite cold drink, Kevita, coconut flavor. 

Here's the tea aisle that I spend about 20 minutes hanging out in.  It's a lot longer than the photo shows.  An entire grocery store aisle of tea!

 My fruit basket is super full of bananas (some will be frozen for soft serve), little gala apples, sweet potatoes, minneolas, grapefruit, and lemons.  I forgot to take pictures of the stuff that was already in my freezer and refrigerator: an assortment of frozen berries, spinach, kale, herb salad mix, eggplant, broccoli, broccolini, green onion, crimini mushrooms, white mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, and almond milk.  The guy at the grocery store was impressed with all of my mushrooms.  I do use them a lot, especially now that I know about their immune boosting benefits. 

As soon as I got home I had to try the Sencha Green Tea Powder with Acai.  It's simple to make, just stir 1/2 teaspoon into hot water.  

I added a little soy creamer, but thought it was great on it's own.  I was going for the green tea latte experience. Sort of.

The flavor was really smooth and slightly sweet from the acai.  And the caffeine gave me a little afternoon buzz.  I had some homework to do, so I didn't mind. There you go, a fairly typical weekly grocery haul.  Mostly fruit, veg, grains, and beans with a few treats.  I love seeing what other people are buying, and try to sneak a peak into the other shoppers' grocery baskets.  Foodie voyeurism. 

My work week starts today, so I'll be in surgery-land for the next few days.  Then it's back to student-land at the end of the week.  Hope your week is off to a good start.  See you Wednesday.


  1. I love tea too!!! Looks like you found some good finds!

    1. Tea is my best indulgence these days. :)

  2. Ooh I like that swirly picture of the tea with soy milk. I didn't used to like green tea so much but it's grown on me. I think I like it better cold though. I've definitely upped my tea intake this winter and the box of Irish breakfast that I've had for forever is finally almost empty. I'll enjoy shopping for a new kind!
    Coconut milk-based soup is always good...maybe with some of those sweet potatoes and beans?
    How often do you go grocery shopping anyway? my hauls are always so much smaller because there's only so much I can carry but it's dumb because I always buy extra stuff I don't need each time I go.

    1. The sweet potatoes would be wonderful in the coconut soup. I'll probably put some curry spices in there, too.

      I shop once a week. That's really all I have time for. I have a car, so I usually go to three different stores to cover all of my "needs". I try to shop with a list, but always end up with way more than I intended.

  3. Wonderful food haul! Some of my favorite things are in there. I too love experimenting with teas, but I tend to spend my research/writing days at coffee shops where the baristas know my drink (mix of ginger and jasmine). So I don't buy as much of it for home.

    Happy work week to you!

    1. Ginger and jasmine are two of my favorite teas. I bet they're wonderful together.

  4. I've also turned into a big tea fan - it's such an exciting thing to drink, so many great flavors (like any variety of green). Have fun in surgery-land and then student-land, and you're definitely an inspiration for me to keep eating healthy even while being very busy! :)

    1. Thanks, Allysia! I think I'm starting to love tea more than coffee lately. *gasp* Twilight zone?

  5. What a great haul! I agree with everyone, I'm turning into a big tea drinker as well. Your haul looks so delicious, I love your little fruit corner especially. I'll be sad when I can't eat my fruit so you'll have to enjoy it for the both of us!

    1. Sarah, I will eat plenty of fruit for you!

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