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Greene Shopping List

Greene Shopping List



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Now that you’ve read about Dr. Alan Greene and his commitment to eat organic for one year, check out his family’s grocery list and a few more tips.

Dr. Greene and his wife, Cheryl, swear by the Danville Farmers Market to find the best locally grown organic fruits and vegetables. In addition to the farmers market, however, the Greenes hit several grocery stores a month for the best-tasting organic breads, cereals, condiments, and other items.

Here is a list of the Greenes’ favorite organic foods from Whole Foods in San Ramon, as well as some favorite products from other stores.

Cereal
EnviroKidz Peanut Butter Panda Puffs
Nature’s Path FlaxPlus raisin bran
Barbara’s Puffins

Oatmeal
Bob’s Redmill

Muffins
Full Bloom Baking Co. Trew Blew blueberry streusel

Yogurt
Favorite fruit yogurt: Nancy’s brand
For a decadent treat: Stonyfield Farms (favorite flavors: Chocolate Underground and Carmel Underground)
Plain: Straus, made in Point Reyes

Frozen Waffles
Frozen Van’s whole grain blueberry waffles

Eggs
Organic Valley, sold at Andronico’s

Condiments
Spectrum Naturals organic mayonnaise
Simply Organic guacamole dip spice mix
Annie’s Naturals barbecue sauce and mustard
365 Organic wasabi salad dressing
Safeway’s O brand peanut butter and jam
Bionaturae organic tomato paste

Olive Oil
Buy extra virgin olive oil for maximum antioxidants. Buy in a dark bottle, or pull from the back of the shelf where light hasn’t destroyed the healthful properties of the oil. Replace three months after opening.
365 Organic extra virgin olive oil
Spectrum oils, www.spectrumorganics.com

Grains
La Brea organic whole wheat French bread (Whole Foods will slice it for you)
Rudi’s Organic Bakery cinnamon raisin bread
Lundberg organic whole grain rice

Frozen Foods
Packaged dinners: Seeds of Change
Out-of-season berries: Cascadian Farms
Pizza: Chef Antonio Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza

Cookies
365 Organic fig bars
Newman’s Own Champion Chip Cookies

Snacks
Kettle yellow corn tortilla chips
365 Organic blue corn tortilla chips
Muir Glen Organic salsa
Casa Sanchez salsa
Late July organic classic rich crackers
Doctor Kracker Klassic three-seed crackers
Organic Valley sharp cheddar cheese
Stringles mozzarella cheese sticks
Orchard Valley Nuts (from Safeway): pistachios, almonds, cashews, and mixed nuts
Think Organic raw fruit & nut energy bar
Garden of Life Organic bar
Organic Fiber Bar (favorite flavors: Awesome Apple and Lemon Burst)
Eden Organic spicy pumpkin dry roasted seeds
Ecco Bella Women’s Wonder chocolate bar

Coffee

Caffe Sanora Organic, available at Wild Oats and at www.caffesanora.com

Tea
First Nation, Numi, and Tazo
Boxed Favorite: Choice Tea, mint licorice flavor
Bottled: Honest Tea, peppermint flavor

Milk
Organic Valley

Juices
Organic Valley orange juice
Santa Cruz limeade and lemonade (but careful of so much sugar!)

Wine and Beer
Our Daily Red
Nuevo Mundo Malbec from Chile
Lolonis Chardonnay
Pieropan White Wine (available at Chow in Lafayette)
Ladybug Red (available at Chow in Lafayette)
Robert Sinskey Vineyards Merlot (available at Chow in Lafayette)
Cru’Dor Belgium style beer
Butte Creek pale ale

Pet Food
Pet Promise

Here are a few more tips on eating organic.

For a great dressing, Cheryl recommends chopping a really ripe avocado into bite-size pieces and mixing it with your salad. The creamy avocado will coat the greens and make its own dressing.

Dr. Greene recommends buying organic meat and chicken because there is no clear definition for natural. Meat with no antibiotics is good, but organic means it’s 100 percent hormones free and hasn’t been fed genetically engineered corn with pesticides.

He also suggests buying in bulk at Whole Foods to get good grains and nuts at a lower price. But he warns that you should buy items that sell quickly, so they don’t sit too long and become stale. Safeway sells fresh organic nuts in packages.

If you plan to buy produce at a grocery store, check www.fieldtoplate.com for links to what’s in season, so you can buy as much local produce as possible. The produce items that are most important to buy organic are apples, bell peppers, peaches, pears, potatoes, nectarines, spinach, strawberries, grapes, cherries, and raspberries.

Dr. Greene favors organic food in most every case, except for honey. He says it’s fine to simply buy local honey.

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