Anyone else actually enjoy grocery shoppin?
I love it! I like being able to roam around and think about what to get to create new and exciting things. Is it sad that all four of the regular workers at the fish counter know me by name? Of course, grocery shoppin is even more exciting when it’s at Whole Foods or a huge farmers market, but hey, that’s the foodie in my talkin. 😉
Since Sunday is national Food Preppin Day for many of those who actually do the deed, I decided to throw up a quick post posing the question:
What’s In Your Cart?
Yes, yes I do rock that backpack life #BuildinDatBack!
This is actually a fairly good peek at what graces my cart every during my shoppin trip. Of course, being the ravenous produce eater I am, I generally have to return a few times for some refreshin (ie. greens, green and more greens) but this is the main load up that is typically done on my Saturday afternoons.
Here’s a list of my staples:
- Fish. I pick up a lot of fish. This load was quite the light one with only one bag of fish..oh and some scallops…#CuzIWantedThem 😉 I try to keep my bill down by buying frozen most often BUT I will throw in a fresh fillet or two every week. Most of my frozen fish are white fish (haddock, basa, cod, barramundi and the occasional bag of tilapia and shrimp) while I choose to buy my more expensive purchases at the counter. Those tend to be my favourites which I have on my days off when I can eat them on an actual plate and not a container. Steelhead trout generally falls into this category and when I’m feeling special, scallops.
- Leafy Greens. Kale (purple or regular depending on what looks fresher), bag of spinach and swiss chard. I always buy these organic (it’s on the dirty dozen list) and I go through a lot. In fact, I eat about 2-3 bunches of chard BY MYSELF every week. #GreensAholicMuch? It’s my favourite.
- Vegetables. Mushrooms top this list. I go through about 3 packs of cremini mushrooms a week too as they show up in about 2 of my meals every day. Most of my vegetables are green and occasionally I will throw in a red bell pepper if they are on sale. Most frequently you will see asparagus and zucchini. Less often, but I still love’em, are brussels (gotta watch these are they are hard on my tummy), broccoli (same as brussels), green beans (if on sale) and snow peas (being more of a regular occurrence). For leg day I have been throwing in a lil beet too as not only are they delicious but they help me get some much needed extra carbs and sugars that day and are supposed to be amazing for athletes.
- 1 bag of pre-mixed salad. I have been lovin the Asian blend lately.
- Squash. Say no more. I have about 3-5 varieties in my fridge all at the same time. You all must know that kabocha (my favourite) will always be one of them. In the picture I picked up a whittle butternut and spaghetti squash, while I also had a buttercup and acorn in the fridge already. #ConfessionsOfASquashAddict <- that is an actual hashtag on Instagram. I’m not alone. 😛
- Sweet taters. I have been buying a lot at the farmers market as I can get purple fleshed ones (my favourite) at the asian market there. I occasionally go for regular orange ones too.
- Bananas. I have them with every pre and post workout meal. Love’em
- Onions. Need those always.
- Avocados. ^Likewise.
- Liquid Egg Whites. ^ Samsies
- Unsweetened Almond Milk. I generally buy this at my store as I get a discount.
- Grains. Generally I pick up one type of grain per week and a bag of organic brown rice (from my store). Those grains could be anything from buckwheat to millet.
- Canned goods. 1 can of low sodium tuna.
- Packaged stuff. Mustard occasionally, Mrs. Dash seasonings (no salt added! Love the chipotle and extra spicy. They make amazing chicken and fish toppings), bag of frozen organic berries when I run out, spices (I buy most in bulk as they are cheaper).
What’s not pictured…
- Poultry. I’m lucky and my boyfriends Dad brings us a huge box of chicken breasts that last us weeks…or should I say me as my boyfriend has gone veggie lately. Occasionally I will have ground turkey or chicken breast meats in my freezer but that only occurs after a Whole Foods shoppin adventure 😉
- Nut Butters. I make my own peanut butter so that’s taken care off (I buy organic peanuts from the farmers market). As for specialty buttas (cashew, Nuttzo, walnut, etc), I get those online or at GoodnessMe!. Due to the expense of those guys, I have to limit myself to one per week or two.
- Oils. Always have organic coconut oil in our cupboard and olive oil for roasting.
- Oats. My [now] gluten free oats were brought allll the way from Georgetown by my parents as I could not find my Only Oats Quick GF oats anywhere!. How sweet are they? I did however find out that I can special order these guys from my store :-D. Good thing as I go through a TON.
Other random staples that I order online generally…
- Questbars. Obviously I’m always stocked up. I get these either from the source (Quest Nutrition) OR at Popeyes if I have the ability to make the trek out via bus to get some. Oh and for all of you who aren’t as obsessed as I am…Eeeerrrrrmmaaawwd. New flava flav! I pre-ordered a box for myself on the early release date and so they should be here after the 4th. #CantWait!
- Whey/Casein. These are used daily. My chocolate peanut butter Optimum Nutrition Casein (which is enjoyed every night) and Cellucor COR Performance whey (in various flavours for my morning proats and baking) all come from bodybuilding.com. My Probiotic whey that I use in my post-workout muffins and sometimes in baking comes, surprisingly, from my grocery store.
Now, of course I’m a good girlfriend and also pick up some of Andre’s stuff but he’s quite the simple man you see. Bring him home some:
- Canned Chickpeas. For roasting in curry and chili (I got him obsessed with these too ;-))
- Sweet taters. For roasting
- Greek Yogurt.
- Cabbage. He’s in a cabbage salad mood lately.
- Sprouted Bread. He would be fine with regular ol’ bread but I refuse to give him sugar laden, sodium filled conventional breads. These are only for when he needs to make some PB and B sammiches for taking on the road during the week when he’s workin
- Bananas. For his sammiches and oatmeal
…and he’s a happy camper. He does eat I swear! He’s just more of a snacker so he will nimble on things here and there.
So there you have it. Those are my staples. This leads me to ask the question:
What’s in your cart?
Top 10 things you can’t live without food wise?
- Peanut Butter
- Swiss Chard
- Kabocha Squash
- Coconut Oil
Wow that is actually tough to come up with…
Do you like grocery shoppin?
Happy Sunday Everyone!