“It’s that time of the week again: No food in the fridge. I feel like I just went to the store! Has it really been a whole week?”
Do you all ever feel this way? You’re out of all your fresh produce and proteins and feel like there is nothing in the house to eat. I totally get that feeling.
Today I am going to give you an idea of how I tackle grocery shopping. Call me crazy, but I LOVE grocery shopping. I find enjoyment in taking my time to go through the store, look at the sales, and score some trendy food-finds.
Ø Make a list.
This step is 100% necessary for me because nothing is worse than coming home to cook dinner and realizing you are missing an ingredient. Not only that, but you want to also make sure you have all the food you need for the week. With my husband and I both working full time jobs, the last thing we want to do after a long day is go to the store.
Ø Know what to put on that list.
I am not a “meal prepper”, but I am a “meal planner”. I try to get an idea of what we are going to eat throughout the week for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I also like to have quick go-to ingredients on hand in case of emergencies. Neither one of us are big on snacking, but sometimes I need something nutritiously satisfying to get me through the afternoon before my workout. I also think about if we will be dining out any that week, in which case I will not have to plan as many meals.
Ø Check sales.
Being recently married and paying for all of my own stuff, this is something I never take lightly! I love to save money where I can. Most grocery stores list their weekly sales online, so take a look. Otherwise, grab that pamphlet with all the deals as you walk inside the store. It takes an extra minute, but you will be happy you checked.
Ø Do not go shopping while hungry.
You. Will. Regret. It. Take it from a person who gets hangry, shopping while hungry never turns out well. A few things can happen. On the one hand, you could potentially stock up more on foods you typically would never buy because they “sound good”. News flash: Everything sounds good when you’re hungry. On the other hand, if you get hangry like me, chances are your grocery shopping experience will result in aggravation, irritation, moodiness-and quite possibly may ruin your day.
Those are some key things I keep in mind before going shopping. Now let me tell you what a typical shopping trip looks like for me!
*Disclosure: This is an extensive list of items I like to have on hand. I do not buy all of these items every week.*
Items I purchase weekly:
Fresh Fruit (whatever is on sale)
Cauliflower/Broccoli Tots (frozen)
Riced Cauliflower/Broccoli (frozen)
Unsweetened Almond Milk
Items I purchase biweekly:
Mixed Greens/Romaine Lettuce
Frozen Fruits (no added sugars)
Fresh or Frozen Salmon, Tuna, or Mahi Mahi (fresh is best)
Lean Chicken Breast/Thighs (always check sales)
100% Whole Grain Penne Pasta
Garden Vegetable Spaghetti Sauce
Nonfat Greek Yogurt (bulk)
Triple Zero Greek Yogurt
Canned beans: Chickpeas, Black Beans, Vegetarian (Nonfat) Refried Beans
100% Whole Wheat English Muffins/Buns
>60% Dark Chocolate Chips
100% Natural Peanut Butter (No added sugars)
100% Whole Wheat Tortillas (they keep well in refrigerator)
Flour (All Purpose, 100% Whole Wheat, Almond)
Dried Beans (pinto, lima, lentils)
Herbs and Seasonings
Brown Rice Cakes
100% Dark Cocoa Powder
Halo Top 🙂
What are some of your go-to items at the grocery store? Do you have any tips you’d like to share?
Until Next Time,
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN