This is a sponsored post on behalf of Stonyfield as a Yo-Getters Ambassador.
As runners we try and fuel ourselves with food that will keep our bodies healthy and strong. One of the best ways to do this is to pick foods that are high in nutrients and low in bad things like empty calories. Except for cupcakes… there’s always room for cupcakes in a runner’s diet.
I saw this poem on Facebook and thought it was perfect!
Another thing to look for is how safe is the food we buy?
What does it mean when a food says it’s organic?
Per the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic produce:
- Must be grown on land that has been free of all banned fertilizers and pesticides for the past three years.
- Was never been fertilized with chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
- Has never been treated with irradiation to kill bacteria.
- Is not grown from genetically modified seeds.
When it comes to processed organic foods, USDA organic certification prohibits them from containing artificial colors, preservatives or flavors. Requirements include that the product be made up of 95 percent organic content. If the label says “contains organic ingredients,” it must be 70 percent organic.
Picking food that’s organic (not modified or covered in pesticides) can really add to the grocery bill. That’s why Stonyfield and Walmart are working together to make organic choices easy to find and affordable for all of us.
So I headed to my nearest Walmart and decided to see if I can put together a menu that uses mostly organic foods for an entire week.
And yes, I did get weird looks as I took a picture of the store.
First thing I noticed is that their produce department was surprisingly full of organic fruit and veggie choices. I definitely loaded my cart there. Plus I made friends with the manager who came up to me and asked why am I taking pictures of the carrots?
Ha! Both the manager and the stocker were very helpful once I explained what I was doing.
The dairy department had my favorite Stonyfield organic yogurts!
So this is a typical week of food the Hubs and I eat. Here take a peek at my menu and don’t worry–you can get my menu, recipes AND my grocery list down below.
The most important meal of the day starts us off with good fats and carbs. That’s why I like to start the day with a huge cup of coffee and then a insulated travel mug filled with my favorite smoothie made with yogurt, almond milk and fruit. The Stonyfield yogurt and almond milk gives it the perfect amount of healthy fats to keep me full all morning.
And yes, I have the same breakfast and lunch all week. It requires less thinking in the morning…
Lunch was super-easy to plan. I grabbed 5 large-mouth quart jars I had in the basement and filled them up with dressing, a lettuce mix and any other veggies hiding in my frig. Right under the lid you can stash a baggie of grilled chicken pieces. That way, once you get to work, you can unbag the chicken, dump it all on a plate and boom-lunch is ready and served.
My go-to snack has been my chocolate energy bites! They are easy to make and a nice choice if you’re craving something sweet.
Dinner ended up being 4 different meals. I needed quick meals that I could make after work or right before a run so I could just warm it up after a shower.
- Spaghetti and Meat Sauce (I love this meal 2 days before a race!)
- Crockpot Chili (this one lasts 2 days!)
- Frittata and Salad
- Roasted Chicken and Vegetables with Brown Rice
What I learned shopping for organic food at Walmart.
- You become the hunter! First thing I noticed was that you really do need to hunt for these items in Walmart. Thank goodness for their cute purple signs that say “Organic.”
- You eat healthier! Another thing I noticed is that you definitely don’t buy anything processed when you are shopping for organic foods. All my shopping was done in the produce, dairy, meat and grain aisles.
- You can find a lot of organic food at Walmart! I was stunned at how I could create a menu and purchase everything I needed from WALMART! My goal was to be at $100.00 for the week. My total ended up being $101.45 (with a lovely coupon for my yogurt from Stonyfield).
Want a chance to try it out yourself? GIVE-AWAY TIME!
Stonyfield gave me a $100.00 Walmart gift card to see what I could buy organically at Walmart. Since I’m blessed to be able to buy my groceries I thought I would pass this card to a reader. For a chance to win, just leave a comment below about what is your favorite must-have organic food you purchase regularly.
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Good luck everyone. Contest ends Saturday May 20th at midnight! Winner will be announced on Sunday, May 21st!
Oh and if you want a copy of the grocery list and the recipes for the meals above, click the picture below. I have them all on a nice little PDF for you.
So what do you buy that has to be totally organic?
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Stonyfield and Walmart. As a Team Stonyfield ambassador, there may be affiliate links or compensation. But as always, all thoughts and opinions are my very own and I only share things I really love.