July 21

What’s in my Grocery Cart?

I fear that this post is going to open me up to a lot of unwanted judgement. Omggg you didn’t get organic apples? The pesticides thooo, you are going to die young! WTF a paleo chocolate bar? You are a loser! You shouldn’t be supporting Sprouts as an organization, buy local! 

Whatevs. With my website, the thing that I most hope to achieve is being relatable. I’m just like all of you. I’m not a chef, I don’t know all the rules about buying organic, I like bread and, at times, raw cookie dough. There is no pretending here.

One of the biggest complaints that I hear is that people hate the grocery store. I also know that people fear the unknown. Don’t be afraid of the grocery store, guys. It’s all going to work out okay.

The beginning of the trip. I always do produce first because all of the bags annoy me.

The beginning of the trip. I always do produce first because all of the bags annoy me.

In this blog post, you are going to find:

  • My shopping list – so you can see how I try to plan ahead for a few days
  • My receipt – so you can see how cost effective eating clean can be
  • My cart – so you know I am not lying

Typically, I go to the grocery store about twice a week. I tend to make a “basics” trip on Monday – which is what you will see here – and an “extra” trip on Thursday, which is typically for picking up extra protein (salmon, chicken, steak), or any specialty ingredients I need to make any recipes. Every other week, I normally buy in bulk frozen salmon & frozen chicken. Yes, I do tend to prefer fresh protein and I work that in a couple times a week too – but with my busy lifestyle, defrosting protein and then spicing it up with other ingredients is normally what works best for me.

On my basics trip on Mondays, I stock up on everything I need for breakfast & lunch for the week, along with ingredients for dinnertime side dishes, pantry ingredients, etc. One thing you’ll find missing from this trip is protein — I knew beforehand that I had 6 frozen salmon filets & 2 frozen chicken breasts, and decided those would do for Monday-Thursday of this week.

Here is my grocery list: Always make a list. Don’t EVER try to go from memory. Never works.

Notice the restraint...chips????? Didn't get any.

Notice the restraint…chips????? Didn’t get any.

Here is my cart:

  • 1lb asparagus
  • 4 loose carrots
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 4 granny smith apples
  • 1 Hass avocado
  • 3 lemons
  • 1 bunch of lacinato kale
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 3 white peaches
  • 3 cans of albacore tuna
  • 1 can artichoke hearts
  • 1 paleo chocolate bar – yes, allegedly this exists. It’s a brand. And it’s delicious.
  • 1 can premium coconut milk, full fat
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 carton of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 thing of basil pesto
  • .75lb sliced roasted turkey
  • 16oz. red quinoa

    All clean errrything.

    All clean errrything.

TOTAL: $58.11 – Here is my receipt:

Front of receipt.

Front of receipt.

Back.

Back.

Here is what those ingredients will make me this week:

  • Quinoa Salad – recipe previously on the blog here – for side dishes for dinner & snacks
  • Roasted Red Pepper/Basil Pesto Tuna Salad – for lunch time
  • Turkey Roll Ups – recipe previously on the blog here – for lunch & snacks
  • Peach “Cobbler” – a fun dessert that I was inspired to try to make from the peach display at Sprouts
  • Snacks (apples, sliced turkey, carrots, sliced cucumber)
  • Side Dishes for Dinner – aforementioned quinoa salad, asparagus, etc.
  • Green Smoothies – green apple, kale, lemon
  • Breakfast – shredded sweet potato & eggs

    This will soon be delicious dishes.

    This will soon be delicious dishes.

Not too bad for $58.11!

So essentially, this cart will feed me lunch, breakfast, side dishes & snacks for probably 4 days. Come Thursday, I may need to restock. Even if we are conservative and say 3 days, it’s only $19.37 per day if we just talk Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.

I hope y’all find this helpful. It’s much easier than you think to fill your grocery cart with clean ingredients, that will make you amazing food at a decent cost.

I PROMISE you can conquer the grocery store!!