I buy a weird amount of groceries.
Probably enough to feed a family of four. I eat a lot a lot a lot of fruits and veggies, so my grocery bills aren’t cheap. There is nothing more important to me than my health, so I consider it money very well spent.
After reading Lindsay’s awesome post on her grocery shopping shenanigans, I decided that a grocery post here on my end was long overdue. I’m one of those weirdos that LOVES grocery shopping. I look very forward to my Trader Joe’s trips and I always spend waaaay too long there. It’s impossible for me to make a list, grab the items and go. Grocery shopping is an art, people.
As you can guess, I do most of my shopping at Trader Joe’s. Since it’s a bit of a drive, I usually go twice a month. In between those trips, there’s always random trips to other stores, mainly Target and Whole Foods.
First, let’s chat about what I always have to have on hand: extra-firm tofu, eggs, wild salmon, almond butter, almond milk, spinach, bananas, apples, frozen berries, onions, sweet potatoes, quinoa, Ezekiel bread, hummus, Triscuits, canned beans, nuts.
Certain staples I buy at Target since I live one minute away and they have great prices on the wild salmon I love. I usually need almond milk sporadically since it doesn’t last as long as cow’s milk, so I tend to get it there. Oats are extremely cheap at Target as well. I’ll also randomly stop at Kroger for produce when I’m running low since they have great prices on produce, especially berries. Here are the staples:
- Unsweetened vanilla/original almond milk
- Rolled oats ($2.99 for 42 oz)
- Frozen wild salmon fillets ($12.99 for six or seven 4-oz fillets)
- Amy’s burritos for meals/snacks in a pinch
Here’s a look at this Trader Joe’s trip. Let’s start with produce.
Trader Joe’s has the sweetest blackberries. LOVE them. Also pictured are sweet potatoes (for spicy sweet tater fries), basil, peas, lemons, bananas (for my favorite muffins), broccoli slaw (for almond butter broccoli stir fry), kale, spinach, and pears.
Other random add-ins include, my favorite hummus, garlic, marinara for lasagna, quinoa for these bean burgers, beans, ketchup, fruit juice-sweetened jelly, baked tortilla chips and the most delish trail mix ever. I pack a serving with my lunch every day.
There were already some things in the fridge that I didn’t need to buy on this trip but are always on my list, like almond butter, eggs (for my favorite crustless quiches) and tofu. Pantry staples that I always purchase at TJ’s include cocoa powder, whole-wheat pastry flour, almond meal, organic sugar, pure maple syrup, honey, agave, reduced-sodium soy sauce, vegetable broth, whole-wheat pasta, lentils, spices, unsweetened applesauce, canned pumpkin, nuts and tea.
It’s also essential to keep the freezer well stocked with frozen fruits and veggies for smoothies and adding to sauces, soups, casseroles, and pasta dishes.
Amy’s burritos, frozen edamame, corn, brussels sprouts, green beans, spinach, berries, mango, bananas and pears and God only knows what else!
I pack a lot of food for the work day so I can eat every 3-4ish hours, so it’s really important to me for the fridge and pantry to be well stocked at all times. I like a variety, as you can tell. Being healthy is all about being prepared, and that includes having a kitchen stocked with all the healthy essentials.
Aaaaand let’s be real. Sometimes dark chocolate almond bark happens.
And I think to myself, “Thank God for dark chocolate. And Trader Joe’s.”