Misc. · Sweet Treats · Vegetable

Grocery Shopping 101 & Zucchini Brownies

I Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! The weather (here anyway) was beautiful.

I have said it before and I will say it again, “I love grocery shopping.” It is relaxing to me, I could do do it for hours. I know that this is most definitely not the case for everyone. A lot of times it can be stressful, annoying, and overwhelming (All totally understandable), but this shouldn’t be the case! Here are some simple tips to help make your next trip to the supermarket a little more enjoyable tolerable!

  1. Create a Plan of Attack: Any trip always goes much more smoothly when there has been preparation and a trip to the grocery store is surely no exception. Make a list of everything you are going to need. Look through the weekly adds to see what is on sale and use that as a guide to plan upcoming meals. (Hey, penny-pinching before hand can reduce stress when you get to the checkout!) Review the list to ensure you have a good mixture of all of the five food groups. A list will also help you avoid tossing in several boxes of cookies upon impulse.
  2. Hit the produce first: Most of the food you buy should be produce, think veggies and fruit. By starting in the produce you will avoid being rushed in this department or skipping it completely. Your mind will also be the clearest/least ready to get-the-heck-out-of-there at the beginning of the trip. Make produce a priority before the cookies and processed snack foods.
  3. Stick to the perimeter of the store: Did you know that most of the food that is kept around the perimeter of the store is the freshest? Fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and fish are often kept here. Avoid too much venturing into the middle aisles. This is where all of the processed foods are kept.
  4. Stick to simple ingredients: In the case that you are purchasing processed foods (hey, no one is perfect, right? I know I do it, Girl Scout Samoa Cookie ice cream anyone? everything in moderation…..) Try your best to stick to simple ingredients that your recognize. An ingredient in a food should not sound like a science experiment.
  5. Make sure your tank (belly) is full: Never shop on an empty stomach! My Momma always told me to never to go the mall without eating before hand or bringing a snack (I come from a long line of serious Dutch bargain shoppers… It can be a long process…). Well, the same holds true for the grocery store. If you are hungry you are much more likely to put junk foods into your cart based on your cravings at the time. Also, don’t forget about those free samples that can really rack up the calories! If you are satiated it will be much easier to resist the temptation to accept the offering.

Okay okay enough education…..

RECIPE TIME!!! I don’t know about you… but this is definitely my favorite kind of time….

Zucchini Brownies

Chocolate brownie in detail.
Chocolate brownie in detail. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A yummy whole grain, veggie treat!!!

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Servings: 24


2 c grated zucchini
2 tsp vanilla
2 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup applesauce
1 and 1/4 cup maple syrup ( think I am going to use honey instead, purley out of conveniece)
1/4 c cocoa
1/4 tsp baking soda


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Whisk together wet ingredients and mix
Gently stir in grated zucchini
Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13 inch pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, testing with a toothpick.
Remove from oven and let cool before cutting into 24 squares.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 41 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 97
       Calories from Fat 2
Total Fat 0.2g 0%
      Trans Fat 0.0g
      Cholesterol 0mg 0%
      Sodium 113mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 23.6g 8%
      Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
      Sugars 15.0g
Protein 1.4g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 1% Iron 4%
Nutrition Grade C
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet






http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=6202 (Props again to the Fit Interns for this one!)


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