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What I Bought At Whole Foods + Catching Up

Happy Wednesday!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I hit the ground running after I got home from Florida. Catching up on work coupled with the final yoga teacher training weekend made for a crazy week. I wasn’t able to do my regular weekly grocery shopping trip so meals were thrown together with whatever we had on hand or take out from Namastay Kitchen. I did pop into Harris Teeter a couple of times to grab a few things here and there but I am just one of those people who does so much better with one big trip versus a bunch of small ones.

I was finally able to make it to Whole Foods today to restock on staples and get things for dinner for the rest of this week. My shopping tends to rotate between Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and ALDI with as many farmers market trips as I can squeeze in to get local produce and meats. I didn’t go crazy with my shopping trip this week because we’re scheduled for a Blue Apron delivery on Saturday.

I thought I’d share what I bought with you since it’s been a few months since I’ve posted a grocery haul. Also, keep reading for a few fun updates.

Whole Foods Produce

  • Sweet potatoes for Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls
  • Red cabbage for Braised Red Cabbage and Apples
  • Mushrooms because I just like to have them on hand
  • Broccoli for a dinner side
  • Radishes for salads (and I might sautee some)
  • Arugula for salads

Whole Foods Produce

  • Bananas…we go through SO MANY! This is our third bunch since Saturday
  • NC strawberries! 2 for $5 at WF today!
  • Raspberries (also 2 for $5)
  • Avocados…we have quite a few ripe ones in the fridge so I got them really green. They were only $1 each so I couldn’t pass them up.

Whole Foods Shopping Trip

Whole Foods Shopping Trip

And finally, meats and fermented foods.

  • Kombucha (excited to try the new Lemonade flavor from GT’s)
  • Wild caught king Alaskan salmon (dinner tonight)
  • Organic chicken breasts (dinner tomorrow night)
  • Sauerkraut…I have no idea why I bought this. I like sauerkraut and I see Brittany eating it all the time. I guess I was just craving something a little random. I’d love to hear your favorite ways to eat sauerkraut. I could use some new ideas.
  • Probiotic supplement


Let’s talk about the probiotic. I haven’t taken one regularly in a long time and every time I go to Whole Foods I stare at the overwhelming display of them. I finally asked for help today and was directed to the Dr. Formulated Once Daily Ultra by Garden of Life as a solid all-around best choice.

Dr. Formulated Once Daily Ultra Probiotic

It was pricy at $46 (luckily the person helping me gave me a $3 coupon so at least I saved a little) but I thought it worth the investment to give it a try. You can find it on Amazon for $38 and it’s a Prime item.

The Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions

Guess what I spotted right next to the probiotics? My book! I’ve received emails, comments and SnapChats from many of you that you’ve spotted it in Whole Foods all over the country. Such a crazy feeling!

Ultimate Plank Challenge

While we’re on the topic of books, last year I hosted the #UltimatePlankChallenge in the month of May to promote my book, Ultimate Plank Fitness. The challenge was a lot of fun and I’ve decided to host another one this year. I’ll be switching up some of the plank variations and even including some that aren’t in the book! Get excited. I’ll be posting details later this week and the challenge will kick off on Sunday!

Tunnel to Towers Climb

And last, if you’re in the Charlotte area and looking for a different kind of challenge this weekend, consider the Tunnel to Towers Climb. It’s a 50-story stair race in the Duke Energy Center building. My friend and fellow yoga teacher Suzanne Bergen is the race director. The mission of this foundation is, “to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. We also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.” Suzanne is currently ranked one of the top 15 climbers in the country.

Have a wonderful rest of your day and evening!

Do you take a probiotic? 

Would you ever sign up for a stair climbing race? 

{ 22 comments… add one }
  • Michelle April 27, 2016, 3:26 pm

    Hi Jen,

    Yes, shopping for a probiotic is overwhelming! I found great reviews on this brand and plus it’s reasonably priced. We’ve been taking 1 a day for the past year. Hope you wind up liking the one you purchased!


  • Sara April 27, 2016, 3:57 pm

    That stair climbing challenge is right up my alley! I’d rather run stairs that on the treadmill any day.

    • Jen DeCurtins April 27, 2016, 5:26 pm

      I hear you!

  • Hillary April 27, 2016, 4:14 pm

    I take the Garden of Life probiotic for women and love it 🙂

  • Rebecca Strength and Sunshine April 27, 2016, 4:19 pm

    Yes! Probiotic everyday (along with tons of fermented foods!)
    That hummus does sound awesome! Lemon cayenne 😉

  • Amy April 27, 2016, 5:06 pm

    My midwife told me to buy a different probiotic every time I need to restock, that way I’m always getting a broad spectrum of cultures. So I always just go for what’s on sale at the time! 😄

    • Jen DeCurtins April 27, 2016, 5:25 pm

      Excellent suggestion, thank you!

  • Alise April 27, 2016, 5:32 pm

    Do you ever stop to consider the environmental impact of food choices on the environment? (If everyone on the planet ate animal products/the same way you do based on the foods you shop, we would literally need multiple Earths to sustain it).

  • Remi April 27, 2016, 7:32 pm

    So stoked for your upcoming plank challenge! I started reading your blog last year as a result of doing the plank challenge and got hooked on your fabulous variety of posts! (:

  • Emily My Healthyish Life April 27, 2016, 7:53 pm

    I do take a probiotic (along with digestive enzymes) and I feel like both are helping with my digestion. Although I’m on additional supplements right now hopefully it will just be those two for the long term 🙂 Also, I love sauerkraut. Such a new thing for me!

  • Tara April 27, 2016, 9:44 pm

    i take a probiotic but mine they recommend to leave in the fridge so its hard to remember. everytime i try to place it up front it gets pushed in the back. then i tried the door and i just seem to not see it. even phone alerts dont help. i dont know why its so hard to remember. i do try to take it on its own with no hot liquids which was recommended. i need to be better !

  • Chrissie April 27, 2016, 10:51 pm

    I’ve been taking the Renew Life for Women probiotic…I did a bottle of Garden of Life for Women (with the added vitamins) but I think I like the Renew Life slightly better. I just bought another bottle on Thrive Market but will remember the other comment about switching it up to get a broad range of bacteria!

  • JennyV April 27, 2016, 11:36 pm

    I started eating kimchi this year after reading more about fermented foods. Totally disliked it at first and now it’s grown on me where I sometimes crave it. Of course, one can never go wrong with kombucha!

  • Kiki April 28, 2016, 8:21 am

    Have you downloaded the WF app? Has great coupons and sale items.

    • Jen DeCurtins April 28, 2016, 11:37 am

      No, I saw a sign for it at WF. Thanks for the reminder! I will!

  • Jenny April 28, 2016, 9:32 am

    I bought the same Lemonade Kombucha to try. What is the other Kombucha in the dark bottles? Also, I take Prescript-Assist probiotics every day.

  • Tara April 28, 2016, 11:27 am

    RenewLife makes some really good, shelf-stable and moderately priced probiotics.
    As for the sauerkraut, try a little on the side of your breakfast plate when you’re eating scrambled eggs!

  • r April 28, 2016, 5:54 pm

    One of our favorite ways to eat saurekraut is on toast that has smashed avocado on it. Another good one is to do a homemade tempah reubeun , or take some sourdough ( your dad’s would work great for this) some cheese, avocado and sauerkraut and panini it in a hot press. Super yummy!!!

  • Alison April 29, 2016, 8:24 am

    I would love to do that stair race tomorrow! Too bad I have plans already! I have enjoyed reading your blog, especially since I travel to Charlotte often! I’m just a couple of hours away! By the way, I just bought some of those “Carolina Fresh” strawberries last week and they were delicious! I’m obsessed with strawberries right now!!

  • Erin May 9, 2016, 9:25 pm

    love when you share your shopping lists! it makes it so much easier for me 🙂

    • Jen DeCurtins May 10, 2016, 4:29 pm

      Aw! Thanks girl!

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