Typical Grocery Haul

I remember when I first started eating healthy a few years ago, the thought of grocery shopping was overwhelming. I would spend what felt like HOURS in the aisles, checking labels and trying to look past all the “healthy” “low-fat” “100 calorie” marketing in order to make informed decisions about what I was putting into my body.

Now I pretty much have it down to a science. I mainly shop around the perimeter of the store, and only go into the aisles for my not-so-healthy choices (Coke Zero, gum, crackers) or if I need to pick up some Quaker Rolled Oats or almond butter.

Here’s what a typical grocery haul looks like for me:

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Vegetables:

  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Steam in the bag broccoli & cauliflower
  • Sweet poatoes (also steam in the bag)
  • Yellow pepper
  • Cucumbers for snacking/salads
  • Carrots
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Butternut squash
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Avocado

Fruit:

  • Blueberries

Meats:

  • 99% lean ground turkey
  • Rotisserie chicken (not pictured, but a great healthy protein option when you’re in a time pinch or don’t feel like cooking!)

Dips/sauces:

  • Hummus
  • Salsa
  • Basil & Tomato pasta sauce (Publix brand — I use this for spaghetti squash meals. Find any brand with whole ingredients)

Randoms:

  • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • Eggs
  • Coke Zero
  • Gum
  • Wasabi Peas
  • Goldfish

Other staples I have in my kitchen at all times:

  • Black beans
  • Oatmeal
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder (I add this to my oatmeal in the a.m.)
  • Stevia
  • Coffee
  • Cinnamon
  • Almond butter
  • Flavored teas (my absolute favorite right now is Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride!)
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (a healthier alternative to soy sauce)
  • Popping kernels (great snack! add 2 tbsp. to brown paper bag and pop for two minutes)
  • Rice cakes

When it comes to a typical meal, I try to fill up on vegetables first. The majority of my plate (about 1/2) is full of vegetables, 1/4 is protein and 1/4 is a complex carb. Obviously I’m a firm believer in BALANCE (hence the Goldfish, wasabi peas, Coke Zero, etc.) I eat healthy probably 80% of the time, but I don’t deprive myself from what I’m craving.

groceryshoppingtips

  1. Shop the perimeter first and fill up your cart with vegetables, fruits and proteins.
  2. Stay away from ingredients you can’t pronounce (for the most part).
  3. If you’re craving something, buy a small package of it. (That’s why I bought the individual boxes of Goldfish… Trust me. If I bought the huge box, I’d eat it).
  4. Prepare a grocery list beforehand to avoid purchasing a bunch of random things you don’t need.

Happy shopping, friends!

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16 thoughts on “Typical Grocery Haul

  1. Thank you so much for this! I’m definitely bookmarking this post and am going to use it as a guide for grocery shopping. I always seem to have such a hard time figuring out what I need, but seeing someone else’s example is always helpful for me!

  2. Great tips! I’m a terrible shopper because I go to the store often just to get a few things. It works for me. I love humus especially the red pepper one. So yummy!! Goldfish, another good one. Brings back memories of when I was a kid!

  3. I can definitely relate to this! I don’t even bother going into the aisles anymore; I mostly just buy my usuals from the perimeter of the store (mostly vegetables because they’re delicious and offer so many nutrients). If I’m at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, I go in the aisles. (Whole Foods can be so overwhelming some times.) Great tips!

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