What I Buy At The Grocery Store

seattle pike place market

I love reading what people buy at the grocery store and eat during the week. I’ve seen a few bloggers do posts on what they always buy at the grocery store and I guess I’m just fascinated by the mundane.

Here’s what always makes it into my cart every week:

Green Smoothie

Smoothie-Making Ingredients

  • Bananas (organic)
  • Almond Milk (unsweetened + carrageenan-free if possible)
  • Frozen Berries
  • Baby Spinach
  • Kale Bunch
  • Vega Protein & Greens

 

camp coffee over the fire

Breakfast Foods + Snacks

  • Fresh Eggs (free-range, large and organic)
  • Avocadoes
  • Apples
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruit (lately it’s been peaches, plums, cherries, apricots)
  • Lemons (organic for AM lemon water)
  • Greek Yogurt (with the fruit bottom)
  • Almond Butter
  • Whole Grain Bread (I love Dave’s Killer Bread)
  • Decaf Whole Bean Coffee
  • Dark Chocolate

 

kombucha

Other Stuff

  • Kombucha (growler fills are cheaper and helps my sugar + soda cravings)
  • Sparkling Water (2-3 cases of La Croix from Target and I rotate through flavours)
  • Onions + Garlic (I usually buy a big bag of yellow onions for cooking)
  • Cilantro (for my avo toast)
  • Frozen Entrees (for days when I’m stuck for lunch, usually a veggie lasagna)
  • Salad Kit or Field Greens (in a bag)
  • Broccoli Crowns (I like to have a side of greens with all my meals)
  • Brown Rice (As a base for roasted veggie bowls)
  • Wine (Rose or white – I like Underwood Wine because it comes in a smaller size)

 

What I Always Keep On Hand

I honestly go through phases with food. I was really into overnight oats, chia pudding and acai bowls for awhile. Now I can’t be bothered to make it all from scratch. So it really depends on what sort of phase I’m in. Here’s what I always keep on hand:

  • Good Quality Olive Oil + Coconut Oil
  • Whole Peppercorns (in a grinder)
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Rolled Oats
  • Almonds (whole + slivered), Dried Fruit
  • Hemp Hearts, Maca Powder, Chia Seeds, Tumeric Powder, Flax Seeds
  • Grass-Fed Butter
  • Noodle Cups (for late-night snack attacks)
  • Green Tea, Chai Tea, Matcha Powder
  • Local RawΒ Honey

 

For all the other stuff, I usually pick 2-3 recipes that I will try to cook during the week. Based on that I’ll add organic chicken, organic beef, chickpeas, chicken broth, pasta, carrots, peppers or other vegetables based on our meals.

I don’t do organic for everything – but I definitely do it for meat, because we don’t eat a ton of it and when we do, we go organic. I also do the same for my dairy and I make sure it’s free of added hormones. I am picky about always getting the organic bananas (because they’re not that much more) and lemons because I drop the straight into my water.

We live around the corner from two grocery stores, so it’s easier to walk on over and pick-up random stuff during the week as we need it.

avocado toast toppings

Our breakfasts are pretty boring – usually a green smoothie, coffee and if we have time we’ll make avocado toast with a sunny-side egg on top. For snacks, I like almond butter on toast and some apple slices on the side. Sometimes I’ll be out of bread and I’ll skip the toast and just have the apple slices with a tablespoon of peanut butter.

Hard-boiled eggs are also a go-to snack for me. I like to add a sprinkle of sea salt, pepper and smoked paprika.

I’ve been making decaf coffee at home because it’s harder to find when you go out. If I wake-up late or I don’t get around to making coffee in the AM, I’ll make decaf after lunch. It has a small bit of caffeine in it, so it’s not too bad to have in the afternoon.

Meal planning is so key, because I really just want to buy what we need and not end up throwing away a bunch of rotten groceries at the end of the week.

 

 

What do you always buy at the grocery store?

 

 

 

  • Eric Toya

    I love that noodle cups are on your short list. Sometimes you just gotta. Mangoes are on my “always” list. I really don’t care about seasonality on this. We cut up mangoes for our late night snack almost every single night. By the way, my wife has started brewing her own kombucha. It’s awesome! Cheaper than store bought and you can experiment with flavors.

    • Oh mangoes are SO good for you – that’s a great habit. Noodle cups are the perfect late night snack. I’ve found one’s that are only 150 calories so they’re not so bad – they just make you REALLY thirsty the next day from all that sodium!

      I just got a kombucha kit today! I’ll let you know how my first batch turns out in 4 weeks. What are you putting in yours for flavouring? Someone told me to use raw pressed juice.

      • Eric Toya

        Lime ginger was really good. We added lime zest, some fresh squeezed lime juice and some grated ginger. Strawberry basil was also good. We blended strawberries and basil up in the vitamix added it during the 2nd ferment. After a day or two, strained out the pulp.

  • We just discovered Dave’s Killer Bread and love it too! I always have eggs, bread and cheese on hand along with different veggies (frozen sometimes if we run out); I feel like I can make a variety of meals with these! My dad makes his own kombucha and kefir so he shares with us when my parents come over!

    • That’s SO awesome that they have Dave’s Killer Bread in Canada πŸ™‚ I went to the factory store near us recently and bought their frozen ‘seconds’ and it was super cheap. They make bagels now too and they employ people who are rehabilitated criminals because it’s so hard for people with a record to get a job. Dave gives them purpose and I love that it’s part of their mission.

      Your dad is super cool that he’s fermenting his own kombucha and kefir !!!