My diet has changed a lot in the past year. When I was pregnant, I ate around the clock to keep morning sickness at bay. I was able to tolerate gluten again, mostly (there was a week in August when all I wanted was bread… so all I ate was bread). I tried to form a fan club for Whole Foods mashed potatoes. I gave up caffeine and tried to cut back on anything especially spicy or acidic (holy heartburn).
Now that Grace is three months old, I am eating more like, well, myself. One changed that has stuck, however: I am drinking milk again. Not almond milk, not cashew milk, not goat’s milk… straight up cow’s milk.
When we were kids, we drank milk with dinner every night and lived close enough to a dairy farm to have it delivered by the cold, glass bottleful. (Believe it or not, I grew up in Greater Boston in the 80’s, not in a Little House on the Prairie.) At some point, though, once I was out on my own, I stopped drinking milk altogether. When I started seeing a registered dietitian and embarked on one elimination diet after another, dairy was often the first to go. And then I would miss cheese (real talk). I skipped the milk, however, until I was pregnant. It was one of the few cravings I had during those nine months. It’s been a personal choice (and one I researched and discussed with my midwife), but adding several servings of milk to my diet has been a healthy way to help meet my calcium, protein and vitamin needs.
In addition to milk, here are few of my other weekly grocery staples:
- Salad mix (usually baby greens with herbs)
- Fresh vegetables for salads and snacks (bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, onions, sugar snap peas and radishes)
- Tomatoes, bananas, apples, and berries
The magical fruitBeans, nut butter, hummus
- Couscous, quinoa, rice
- Guacamole (which, in my opinion, should be its own food group) – I usually buy single serve portions – a bit more expensive, but less goes to waste for us
- Cheese (duh)
- Fresh herbs
- Cut flowers (always)
With so much non-food being added to our actual food these days, I think it requires a bit of extra effort to shop these days. I started drinking Dairy Pure milk this winter, so when the company reached out a few weeks ago with information about their new Worry-Free Flip Caps, I was happy to share their info with you.
All Dairy Pure milk passes a 5-point Purity Checklist, ensuring the following:
- Dairy Pure farmers pledge to use no artificial growth hormones
- All milk is tested for antibiotics
- Milk is continuously quality tested to ensure purity
- Milk comes only from cows fed a nutritious diet
- Milk is cold-shipped fresh from a trusted dairy within hours
The new caps, which stay on the bottle and keep milk fresher, give me even more peace of mind when shopping the dairy aisle. To find Dairy Pure milk at a market near you, click here.
Dairy Pure is giving away 5 of their insulated shopping totes for your next trip to the market. To enter, simply leave a comment below. I will select 5 random winners on Saturday, May 10.
Disclosure: I received a gift card to cover the cost of purchasing Dairy Pure milk at my local market. I was not compensated for this post, nor for my comments about the product. I only review products and services that I feel good about (obvi… I hope).
Also On Tap for Today:
- Another great read from Kristi: How to let go of obsessing
- A nice, long walk with my sister and Grace
- Namaste in May
What’s your take on dairy? Care to share your usual shopping list?