Green Groceries

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 29, 2009


Good evening!

I had a very green grocery trip today!

  • 4 organic kale (I stock up because our grocery store is often out of organic kale for days)
  • Swiss Chard (first time ever buying this!)
  • 2 cukes (on sale- 89 cents each)
  • Nature’s Path Heritage O’s (on sale for $6.99)
  • Almond Breeze in Original
  • Almond Breeze in Unsweetened

  • 4 oranges
  • Bunch of bananas
  • 9 organic Gala/Golden Delicious apples
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 bag of avocados
  • 2 kiwi
  • 1 oversized box organic baby spinach
  • Money’s Garden burgers
  • Cow’s Milk 1% (Eric only)
  • Raisin Bran (Eric only)
  • Ground lean turkey (Eric only)
  • 2 boxes whole wheat spaghetti noodles
  • Organic Low-fat soy milk
  • St. Ives Veggie Ground Round (Mexican- never had this flavor! I was surprised to see it had LESS sodium than the original flavour)

This grocery bill set us back about $70. Not bad for the whole week. When we buy a big order like this we don’t need to make any trips during the week to ‘top up’ which is always nice.

It was my first time buying the Nature’s Path Heritage O’s and I LOVE them! They are super crunchy and made with spelt, kamut, oats, and quinoa! Very healthy. Only 4 grams of sugar per serving. Eric even liked it straight out of the box and he is a sugar coated raisin kinda guy. ;)


I love that these bags have 66% less packaging! I don’t know if I will ever buy regular boxed cereal again after seeing this! It feels so good doing something for the environment when buying food. Every little bit helps.


My workout today was filled with interval fun!

The details:

  • 50 mins.
  • Speed 4.0-4.2 mph, incline 10% (I ran 1 min. on every 5 min. interval)
  • Max heart rate: 158 bpm
  • Avg heart rate: 139 bpm
  • Feel the burn: 369 kcals

For example, I walked the first 5 mins at speed 4.0 and at minute 5-6 I ran at 4.2 mph. Then from minutes 6-10 I walked at 4.0 and then at minute 10-11 I ran at 4.2. I did this all the way until 46 mins and then cooled down. The entire workout I walked at incline 10% from start to finish.

I admit at the beginning of my workout I did NOT want to workout. I left my workout until 3pm and I was getting that late afternoon slump feeling.

What did I do?

I asked Eric to bring me my BBBC before picture and he put it on my treadmill! :)


It served as a reminder of my goals and it prevented me from getting off and quitting! You gotta keep your eye on the prize sometimes.

Sometimes a little visual reminder is all we need, right?

I often find the first 10 mins. of my workout to be the hardest. Once I get into the swing of things I get into a better groove.

But wait, there’s more! I had to fit in my 3 planks for the OSG BBBC Challenge today!

At minutes 8, 18, and 28 I paused my treadmill and got on the floor to do a 60 second plank. 3 planks complete! :)

It mixed my workout up even more and really broke it up. I find that time FLYS when I do intervals. I keep thinking “Ok, only 4 minutes until the planks, only 10 mins. until my next run intervals, etc etc.” It works!

Anyone else find this?

I have a lot of work left tonight before bed:

  • Organizing Glo Orders
  • Create BBBC page
  • Clean up Desktop on PC
  • Organize Glo Bakery and OSG website folders
  • Switch to Todoist (more on this tomorrow!!!)
  • Reply to a couple emails

Coming Up this week on OSG:

  • FAQ’s (there are a TON of good questions to answer and I can’t wait to do so!)
  • Healthy Baking
  • An exciting announcement
  • and much more!

Nighty night!

Tonight’s question: Help! I’ve never had Swiss Chard before and I have no idea how to eat it! Does anyone have any easy recipes? Can I put it in green monsters? What does it taste like? It looks scaaaary!


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nicole March 29, 2009 at 8:38 pm

great job getting a workout in!!!!! i have totally struggled to get mine in this weekend.


Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Great grocery haul!!! I’ve only ever had swiss chard in things, but its kind of like a sweeter, less bitter kale.


Bree March 29, 2009 at 9:03 pm

haha the first thing i thought when you said the grocery store is often out of organic kale for days at a time is that it’s probably because you have inspired SO MANY people to start drinking green monsters…and now they’re all buying it! :-P


Run Sarah March 29, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Yay for Canadian brands! I have probably 3/4 of the things you bought in my pantry too :D I want to check out some of the Superstore blue menu veggie items.


Jess March 29, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I find the first ten minutes the hardest too. But after that, it makes you feel so good your addicting. Haha, gotta love a good workout! Great buys-mmm…
<3 jess :)


Jessica March 29, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Swiss cahrd is awesome – it’s very mild and tender! The stems can be used too, just sautee them a little longer than the leaves. I’ve used them in pasta and soup dishes.


Marisa(Trim The Fat) March 29, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Awesome grocery stash! Swiss Chard looks good, but I’m scared of it too!


Jaime March 29, 2009 at 9:32 pm

For the chard, wilt it with some sauteed onions and garlic. Yum!


ttfn300 March 29, 2009 at 9:34 pm

you can cook swiss chard alot like kale or the other heartier winter greens, and if you’re used to kale in your smoothies i’m guessing it could work there :) it often gets paired with white beans or potatoes… i think the first time i did a saute that had some raisins thrown in to balance the slight bitterness.


emily March 29, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I do intervals because they help me be mindful of some injuries but I do find that they make my runs much more fun!


Stephanie March 29, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I just sautee my chard in a giant pan with some EVOO and thinly chopped garlic…it’s delish!


Ruth (Plentiful Plants) March 29, 2009 at 9:53 pm

You can definitely put the chard in a Green Monster, it’s what I used for my first one!


Krista March 29, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I LOVE Swiss chard and grow it in my garden every year! I usually cook/eat it just as I would spinach. It’s also great chopped up into soups and stews. I think you’ll like it!

Didn’t get my intervals in but did my 3 planks for 60secs each!


Jessica March 29, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Intervals always make time fly by, it has always been my favorite way to do cardio!!!! Aadding in planks throughout the workout is such a smart idea too!!


Hallie March 30, 2009 at 1:08 am

Yeah, I cook chard just like kale…saute with olive oil, a touch of red wine vinegar, and seasonings. If it’s bitter, I add a squeeze of lemon and that makes it better. It’s good and so good for you!

I was FINALLY in the mood for a smoothie today so I made one inspired by you: spinach, almond milk, 1/2 banana, and about 5 strawberries. The berries made it more puce than green…nasty color but so yummy and like you say, I totally FELT healthy after drinking it :-)


Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now March 30, 2009 at 1:52 am

Swiss chard is almost like spinach!! We just boil (or steam!) it and it comes out almost the same!

My parents used to grow it in the garden. I love it!

Thanks for the shout out for my giveaway.. woot!


Tina March 30, 2009 at 3:44 am

Ohh, I wish I had my own tredmill. That would make working out a lot easier!


Minta March 30, 2009 at 6:36 am

Hey Angela,

In Australia Kale is really hard to find, but we can readily get Swiss Chard or we tend to just call it Spinach, because it tastes like spinach. Its hit and miss if we can get spinach or English spinach as we call the real stuff. (only in Australia!) Careful of the white bits if you’re not used to it. The green leaves are yummy, and we use the baby leaves in salads just like you would for baby spinach. Its easy to cook, but it does disappear when you steam or boil it. You start out with a huge bunch in the pot and then it shrinks down to a little serve. Cook it quickly, exactly like spinach.

Enjoy and if you can get some seeds, it grows really easily and you have spinach (or Swiss Chard) for the whole season!


Mariel March 30, 2009 at 8:12 am

Just curious–why do you buy two different types of Almond Breeze? I was contemplating getting some yesterday and couldn’t decide which to get!


Diane March 30, 2009 at 8:25 am

Swiss chard is so delicious. One tip I can offer: before you cook it, but it twice down the middle so that you cut the stem completely off the leaf. Chop up the stems and drop them in some boiling water for as long as you can, let them simmer while you cook other things. Taking off the stem will make your chard so much sweeter, and eating the mushy stems is one of my favorite things to do! So good!


k March 30, 2009 at 8:46 am

I’ve used swiss chard in a stirfry before…delicious. (other than that, i second the olive oil and garlic suggestion.)


VeggieGirl March 30, 2009 at 8:52 am


**I could live off of swiss chard – I use it in place of a tortilla/wrap :-)


RunToFinish March 30, 2009 at 9:10 am

I’ve been adding swiss chard to my smoothies and really like it!


the running yogini March 30, 2009 at 11:41 am

I love swiss chard! One thing that I found from trying different chard recipes is chard goes great with pineapple. I know it sounds weird, but try wilting your chard in pineapple juice and adding small chunks of pineapple. I also add a little cayenne pepper to kick up the heat. (I did it w/out the stems, but I’m sure you can incorporate them if they saute for a little while before adding the greens).


Melissa (fitnessnyc) March 30, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I did my planks at midnight last night! I treated myself to an itunes download (love, sex, magic) to get me through.


EL March 30, 2009 at 3:40 pm

I love swiss chard and I cook it just like spinach. I put it is a large saute pan and let it cook down. Sometimes I will add a little olive oil and garlic, but usually I just eat it plain.


Tonya December 31, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Hi there!
Curious about the veggie burgers. Have them in the freezer but don’t know how to ‘serve them up’. What do you do? How do you cook and what do you serve with? I don’t want to do buns, etc. but I want to make them YUMMY!!!


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