I wanted to share with y'all my typical grocery list! Like many other college students, I like to grocery shop on a budget to save for weekend trips to the lake, home and spontaneous adventures. I want to say that my ALL TIME FAVORITE place to shop is Trader Joe's and Target, but in Nacogdoches, we do not have the luxury of those two very fabulous stores. So, I typically shop at the good ole' famous Walmart or my next best favorite option: Kroger.
- I always start in the fruits/veggie section out of habit and my OCD nature of grocery shopping. I like to get a variety of both fruits and veggies to implement in my meals and to snack on throughout the day. I typically get oranges/clementines, apples, bananas, watermelon, lemon, avocado, zucchini, squash, kale/spinach, sweet potatoes. I do not ALWAYS get each of these every week, but I definitely buy most of these fruits & veggies!
- I try to not buy frozen fruits and vegetables primarily because of the sodium levels and low nutrients. Frozen vegetables just do not give you the nutrients fresh vegetables do, you may be surprise to find out the low nutrient value that frozen foods have.
- I try to buy as many fruits & veggies at the farmers market or from an organic farm, but if you are just now choosing to eat clean, I recommend going to your typical grocery store to get into the habit of fresh eating!
- I then make my way over to the bread, condiment, bean section. I try to typically have whole wheat grain bread at home and let that last a few weeks. I always pick up 1-2 bottles of Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette and Italian dressing, as well as my choice of bean, lentil, or chickpea of my choice for the week. I ALWAYS get my package of quinoa as well; I personally like the tri-blend quinoa.
- I then stroll my way to the meat and pick myself out organic chicken breast that could last the entire week or lunches, dinners or both! I recommend going with the complete chicken breast without the added red meat, but that is just my personal preference.
- Other essentials I grab before my checkout if I ran out of my stock at home:
- Feta cheese
- Chunky peanut butter & Almond butter
- Cashews & almonds
- Flaxseed and almond meal
- Protein Bars - I like granola bars with at least 9 g protein and low carbohydrates
- Carbonated water
- Almond Milk
- Chia Seeds
- Steel cut oats/oatmeal
While that may be an overwhelming list, it typically does not exceed $60 on a normal visit for the week. I try to go to the store every Sunday or Monday and all of these wonderful, nutritious foods will serve me for the entire week!
I also attend my local Salad in a Jar party every week, so I have fresh salads all week long! If you are interested in Salad in a Jar Parties, click here to read more about them!