Food essentials & where to find them

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Ever since I started posting about what I eat, I’ve been getting questions: where do you find that? Which foods do you exactly buy? And why those? I thought I’d make one nice comprehensive post on that. So here it goes.

1.) Supermarket

I try to buy as much as I can at my local supermarket, Hoogvliet. This isn’t a special supermarket of any kind: it’s a bog standard every day supermarket. But they have most of the stuff I look for. Apart from the rice cakes and nuts featured in the picture above all of the items in the picture above come from the supermarket. Even the organic milk, yoghurt and eggs.

The food essentials I buy at my supermarket are:

  • Dairy products: cheese, milk, yoghurt and eggs (apart from cheese, I buy everything organic)
  • Fruit & vegetables (fresh and frozen)
  • Meat and (frozen/ prepackaged) fish

My supermarket also has a selection of gluten free products (brand: Dambert) and carries a pasta and a bread I can eat since they are wheat free as well. They also carry flaxseeds (brand: Zonnatura), but I also purchase that from other places. I tend to buy frozen fruit, veggies and fish as it lasts much longer then when I buy it fresh and it’s simply more practical when you’re home as little as I am.

2.) Organic supermarket

My second stop is the organic supermarket called Ekoplaza. It has a good selection and I can go there on my way to the supermarket. I don’t go there every week though: only when I need something from there. There is another one in my town which has a better selection for vegans but it’s a little out of the way, so I only went there to buy nutritional yeast once, but never really set foot in there.

Food essentials I buy at my organic supermarket:

  • Sweet potato (as they carry the orange kind instead of the white one)
  • Rice cakes (as they sell salt free ones)
  • Spelt bread, spelt cookies and spelt pasta
  • Wheat free rye bread, ginger bread
  • Quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat

In short: what I buy at the organic store are wheat free carbs. The selection is better than anywhere else and it’s mostly yummy too. Since I don’t eat that many carbs, I don’t go here very often, maybe once ever 2 – 3 weeks. And wheat free of course because wheat makes my stomach go blah.

3.) Fresh farmer’s market

I’m very lucky to have a fresh farmer’s market on my doorstep twice a week. It means instant access to products which are otherwise much more expensive: fresh herbs and spices, olives, fish, nuts and berries. I don’t buy all of it every week, apart from nuts. Every week I go to one of the stalls and buy at least Superfoodmix (featured heavily in almost each and everyone of my what I eat blogs), raw almonds, hazelnuts and the occasional treat in the form of chocolate covered raisins or almonds.

4.) De Tuinen

Last but not least, every once in a while I pay a visit to De Tuinen. This is a type of chain health store in the Netherlands which sells tea, shower products as well as protein powders and vitamins. They also have a selection of healthy foods. I tend to buy only buy things here I can’t find anywhere else or because they are cheaper. Such as:

  • Protein powder
  • Nut butters, such as almond butter and tahini (for making fresh hummus)
  • Flax seeds
  • Oats

And that’s it: what I buy, why I buy it and where I buy it, in a nutshell. I have another What I Eat coming up next week, so stay tuned for that. Enjoy your Friday and I hope you have a great day 🙂

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