It’s the same thing every Sunday (or whatever day you do your grocery shopping) when you go to the store and just wander around and have no clue what to buy. You drag your feet down every isle and just vastly stare at all the goodies. Finally leaving with a bunch of random items you have no clue what to do with (and more than likely have little nutritional value). Well, after years of being this kind of shopper I have finally learned how to master grocerying (new word I made up). I now shop smarter so that everything I buy is actually eaten, I make healthy meals, and…save money! The first thing I must do before going to the store is make a list. If not, I will leave with anything and everything and usually my head is spinning from going back and forth all over the store. I could actually use the same list every week cause I seriously purchase the same things every time. Unless I’m making a special recipe, I keep my list pretty basic. Veggies, fruit, protein, and a few miscellaneous items. I get things that easily mix and match so that I have a few meal options. For example, I buy a grain (such as quinoa) that I can not only throw on top of a salad, but can also pair it with some grilled chicken and veggies. I have a slight OCD side and arrange my list in the order the items are in the store. I like to go from right to left and rarely go down the middle isles. Healthiest foods are found in the outer isles of the store (fun fact to remember).
Now, for the list:
1. Fruit: Now, fruit can be irritating. It’s easy to buy too much and let it spoil as it goes bad so quickly. Choose only fruits you know you will eat. Ones that you can grab and go, or pair with your fav breakfast food. For me, I always have berries, lemons, apples, avocados, and bananas. 2. Veggies: Choose seasonal, fresh produce that can easily be thrown into a salad or roasted up for a side dish. I always have three greens- kale, spinach, and arugula. Then, I get sweet potatoes, peppers, and tomatoes.
3. Protein: When it comes to meat, I like to only buy raw and uncooked options. Prepared meats, such as rotisserie chicken and pre-marinated/prepared meat are packed with sodium and unnecessary additives that make them the equivalent of a McDonalds cheeseburger. I typically always leave with organic chicken breast and salmon.
4. Dairy: This may be my favorite category cause it contains CHEESE! I never leave the store without it. Feta, Gorgonzola, Goat, you name it I love it. Pick one of these and add it to your basket. Now, add eggs. I always have a dozen. They are so easy to add to any meal or snack throughout the week. Next, milk. I actually prefer almond and coconut milk over dairy, but all milks are great! And finally, is yogurt. I love having a quick yogurt snack or even tossing some in a smoothie. My 8 month old loves it too so we stock up every visit.
5. Grain: Unless you’re on a carb free diet, grains are always a good idea. We always have cooked brown rice or quinoa ready to go. They round off your meals and are filling. I also have oatmeal just about every morning for breakfast so that’s always on my list.
6. Smart Snack: My favs for this one are pistachios, almonds, wasabi peas, chips and salsa, and popcorn. And I NEVER leave the store without dark chocolate (same goes for wine, but that’s neither here nor there). I seriously have a piece every single night. It is my absolute favorite (and healthy) sweet treat. 7. Misc. items I always have on hand: These are things that I use several times a week, but do not have to purchase but once a month- Maca powder, cacao powder, spirulina, chia seeds, nut butter, olive oil, and cinnamon.
Now that you have a great formula, go get your grocerying on! Peruse the isles and pick up your favorite items to mix and match for different meals throughout the week.
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