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Grocery Shopping with Elizabeth Park PA-C, Physician Assistant

Grocery shopping is one of my favorite weekly errands. I love it so much; I get the dopamine hit of making purchases without the financial consequence of buying unnecessary things. I’ve met with many patients, however, who do not share my joy in grocery shopping, so I wanted to offer my grocery list in hopes it might help you! 

If you’ve already read my bio, you know that Aldi is my favorite grocery store. At this time, my family does not consume enough food for a Costco membership to make sense, so Aldi is our primary grocery store for budget-friendly items. Here is a list of quality food that I regularly buy there: 

  • In-season fruit and vegetables (I purchase organic for the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list) 

  • Onions and potatoes 

  • Peanuts, almonds, cashews, etc. 

  • Grass-fed steak and ground beef 

  • Canned goods, like tomatoes/tomato sauce and beans 

  • Jarred artichokes 

  • Grass-fed butter and cheese 

  • Plain full-fat yogurt 

  • Extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, and grass-fed ghee 

  • Coconut water 

  • Organic frozen berries 

After Aldi, there are a few more grocery stores I visit for specific items. I like Lidl for their wild-caught seafood selection and for my favorite brand of kimchi. At Sprouts, I buy pasture-raised chicken, organ blend ground beef, and low-temp pasteurized grass-fed milk.  

I also have a list for Trader Joe’s: 

  • American-grown garlic 

  • American pickles 

  • Sea salt 

  • Pasture-raised eggs 

  • Hashbrowns, of course, haha 

Lastly, when I’m wanting more variety in meat cuts or raw milk, I’ll occasionally visit my nearest farmer’s grocery store.  

Now that I’ve typed this all out, I’m not sure if this is helpful or excessive, but I hope it provides some useful recommendations. I also highly recommend reading Lily Nichols’ newest book, Real Food for Fertility, for more guidance on how to include more nutrients in your diet.  

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