Grocery shopping/meal planning is definitely not one of my favorite activities. It typically feels more like a chore. That being said I just can’t jump on the pick up/delivery wagon. Maybe I haven’t tried hard enough lol, but I feel like it takes me just as long. Anyway, I have developed a routine of getting pretty much the same healthy grocery store list every week with a few things changed. This allows us to get in and out quicker, and I can still figure out meals even if I haven’t planned ahead of time. It also allows us to eat healthier because we just get the same healthy staples every week.
A note on healthy groceries – I am not a dietician or doctor so this is just what we love and what works for our family.
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Healthy Grocery Store List
NutPods Creamer – you know my love for this creamer – unsweetened, dairy free and still creamy and delicious. I’ve actually been trying to cut back on coffee, but this is so good in tea too!
Unsweetened almond milk – we actually get this at Costco because we go through so much of it!
Fruit – bananas, apples, berries (LOTS of berries – we get 4-5 lbs of strawberries every single week.)
Veggies – spinach, carrots, bagged salad, avocado, tomato, pepper, squash are the staples for us
Cereal – cheerios are an all around winner usually, but sometimes they switch it up and want something totally different.
Whole wheat bread
Tofu – we typically get this at Costco, but we eat tofu 1-2 times a week and the boys even love it!
Salmon – the boys love salmon and it’s one of the only things they eat other than mac n cheese so this is a regular item!
Lean protein – we don’t eat a lot of meat, but I will get 1-2 meat options each week. Usually it’s chicken and ground turkey or salmon.
Eggs – funny story – we had chickens a few years back, but we were vegan. So we just had the chickens as pets (other than how messy they are, they actually made really fun pets!) and we would give away ALL the eggs to people at work. Now we need them again so we can have their eggs, because the boys would probably eat eggs for breakfast every single day if I let them. We also eat them a few days a week too.
Frozen Veggies – obviously fresh is the best, but I like to have some frozen veggies on hand for days when we are low on groceries. Plus things like peas are just easier this way!
Oats – also a Costco item for us because it’s cheaper and we go through them so fast! Great for the obvious – oatmeal- and also in pancakes and as filler for meatballs, etc.
Coconut milk – canned and refrigerated.
Beans – canned because I don’t have patience for dried. Black, kidney, and garbanzo
Rice – usually Jasmine rice because it’s the only rice I can actually cook haha. If we make a trip to Trader Joes I will get their frozen brown rice bags.
Pizza ingredients are also always in our cart – cheese, sauce, dough. Maybe not the healthiest, but it beats takeout pizza, and health is all about balance!
As I’m getting to the end of this post I’m realizing how boring our shopping list is, but I feel like a little bit of boring can be the ticket to eating healthy consistently. When you get used to simpler foods and meals, that’s all you crave. Whole foods are what we try to make most of our diet.
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