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.
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.
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
TOTAL: $58.11 – Here is my receipt:
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
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!!