Grocery Series Part I: What’s in my cart?

9 Jun

I’ve decided to do a short blog series regarding my grocery shopping and food purchasing habits for anyone interested. For anyone who’s not interested….#sorrynotsorry.

This is what works for me…..remember everyone’s different. I want to start off by giving a glimpse into my typical grocery cart on Sundays. Now I say typical but I will put a disclaimer out that it was a lighter week in terms of things purchased.I still had some things left over from last week’s trip. Austin and I just went shopping Tuesday….I was pushed back a day from the previous week because of Memorial Day, so usually I would buy more than what’s here. Also, next week starts my CSA membership!!! But nonetheless I thought it would still be helpful.

The first stop was Aldi’s. Not the best for quality but it’s cheap! For those of you that don’t know…Aldi’s is a discount grocery store that sells off brands. Sometimes I get produce and snacks for Austin there but I don’t buy meat or dairy there.

Then I went to tops to pick up the rest.

Here’s the loot:

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Veggies and fruit:

Broccoli
Cauliflower
Squash/zucchini
Baby spinach
Peppers
Sweet potatoes
Plantains
Green apples

lemon
Carrots

Organic milk: I don’t really use this, but Austin likes whole milk. Dairy is one if the things I TRY to buy organic when possible. But I don’t really eat that much dairy. More on that in the next segment on groceries!

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I am trying out this new spice blend for curries!

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The brand of coconut milk I buy! No added sulfites

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Proteins:
Canned salmon…I’ve never tried this ! I am going to make Practical Paleo’s salmon cakes with it.

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It was cheaper than frozen salmon.
Chicken.. Tops had it on sale. No it’s not pastured but at least it’s antibiotic free. Vegetarian fed means nothing.

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You may notice I’m lacking in other proteins…that’s because yesterday Austin and I took a drive out to the farm to pick up 10 lbs of grass fed ground beef. I also got pastured eggs at the farmer’s market yesterday. I already talked about eating local in a previous post…I’ll go into more detail in the next post of the series about organic.

Other:
Nuts- going to try and make almond milk, cashews for Austin to snack
Corn chips- NOT for me
Spices
Olives
Tomato sauce

So I spent $25 at Aldi’s and $30 at tops. Not too bad. But I spent $66 on the meat yesterday. That meat will prob last almost two months.

Normally I spend about $80 a week not including the meat. I’m not going to cut corners on what I put in my body. Normally I get more fruit, but I’m trying an experiment to see how I feel when cutting back on fruit. Can’t wait for the CSA next week!

There you have it! Next week: what to buy organic

What staples do you get every week? 

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6 Responses to “Grocery Series Part I: What’s in my cart?”

  1. S. D. June 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    First off, thank you for posting this. It’s very helpful. I plan on doing this soon as well. I’m surprised that there’s no avocado. It is avocado season and all!

  2. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats June 10, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    I always get greek yoghurt and almond milk and apples. Definitely need my apples 🙂

  3. cleaneatingveggiegirl June 10, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    What a fun blogging concept. I may have to do a similar post, myself! 🙂

  4. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen June 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    I always like seeing what people get at the grocery store. The marsala looks good!

  5. di @ life of di. June 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    I always get eggs, sweet potatoes, lettuce, oats, kale and peanut butter 🙂 Definitely staples in my diet. I eat a bowl of oats EVERY SINGLE DAY so I gotta keep stocked up! 🙂

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