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Shoppin, Shoppin, Shoppin…Oh How I Love.. Grocery Shoppin?

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Hey Friends,

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. πŸ˜‰

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?

IMG_4160Here’s a pic I snapped last week at the checkout.

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 πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ˜›
  • 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 πŸ˜‰
  • 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…IMG_4055Eeeerrrrrmmaaawwd. 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
  • Onions/garlic.
  • Sriracha.
  • Greek Yogurt.
  • Balsamic.
  • 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?

  1. Oatmeal
  2. Questbars
  3. Bananas
  4. Peanut Butter
  5. Swiss Chard
  6. Haddock
  7. Kabocha Squash
  8. Avocado
  9. Mushrooms
  10. Coconut Oil

Wow that is actually tough to come up with…

Do you like grocery shoppin?

Happy Sunday Everyone!

-Chelsea

 

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8 thoughts on “Shoppin, Shoppin, Shoppin…Oh How I Love.. Grocery Shoppin?

  1. OMG! OMG! OMGGGG! Just yesterday I wanted to ask you to do this post, but thought it would be too random to comment as such on a recipe post!!!!! I also didn’t want to sound needy! :$$$$ thanks so much! This is SO helpful since I was planning on hitting up Fortinos tomorrow anyways.

  2. Thank you so much for this. I really love grocery shopping too- but I always seem to buy things that look good and just aren’t healthy. I’m trying to eat less processed foods but am failing LOL. Do you have any tips for saving money at the grocery store while buying things like meat, fish etc? I tried going to bean/cheaper stuff root but found I much rather eat veggie protein!

    • I’m glad you liked it! Don’t be too hard on yourself. There is a reason why there is so much processed foods…most people buy those. Just ask yourself WHY DO THESE LOOK GOOD? If it’s only because it can be popped out of the box and eaten than perhaps try to tell you yourself that you just don’t have the money in your budget for something that is simply for convenience. Eating a piece of fruit is probably cheaper and has been found to be quite pleasurable in fact! πŸ˜€ Hmmm meat and fish are toughies as they are on the expensive end. For fish I find that buying frozen fish generally helps and make sure you check out items that have been packaged and moved from the fish counter to the freezers outside the counter as those are generally just overstock they are trying to get rid of and thus are generally cheaper. Also, there is generally ALWAYS a certain fish on sale so not only does this help your wallet but it also helps you try new things too. Cheapest fish I find are basa and calamari.

      For meats it depends how picky you are. The fattier cuts of meat are generally the ones to go on sale. Rarely do you find chicken breasts or extra lean cuts of beef on sale. It does happen once in a blue moon, but not often. For beef, the cheapest, yet leanest cut you will find is eye of round. These are still good pieces of meat (cost around 3 bucks or less) but require some marinating and careful cooking (short cooking time or put them in a stew) as they can get tough. For chicken, buying bone in and skin on can be a way to go if you are willing to take the time to carve the skin off and deal with the bones. I just buy chicken breasts in bulk and they tend to be cheaper than say a pre-portioned package. Turkey is almost always cheaper than chicken as well. Lastly, ground meats (buy extra lean!) are cheaper than steaks/breasts always. Buy extra lean ground beef once and a while to make meatballs, stirfries, sauces or burgers, while taking advantage of ground turkey and chicken. JUST NOTE That extra lean ground chicken and turkey are a mix of white and dark meat unless it is specified that it is ground BREAST MEAT.

      As far as cheap goes, vegetarian is definitely the way to go if you enjoy it. The cheapest will always be buying dried beans/lentils/legumes from bulk which you can then just boil up and use as you please. I will try to post some vegetarian meals up to give you an idea of just how easy good, hearty veg-based meals can be. Personally, I cannot eat those right now due to tummy issues BUT I love lentil dhal and chickpea channa masala. Both are super simple to make! Other cheaper veg-based staples that are high in protein include quinoa, canned beans/chickpeas/lentils and some soy products if you eat those. With soy, I would advise to buy organic if it’s still within your budget as most are GMO otherwise. You can also experiment with TVP (textured vegetable protein). Laura over @Sprint to the table (blog) has some good recipes using this ingredient.

      Hope that helps!

  3. I try & tackle my grocery shopping after I’ve eaten, otherwise I end up buying way toooo much food. My personal favorite in the cart? JalapeΓ±o hummus

    • jalapeno hummus. Wow that’s a good one. Something my boyfriend would love that’s for sure! Yes you know the rules well. Never go grocery shoppin when hungry. Well known fact that you will buy waaaaay more than what you went there for haha. Funny how our bellies rule our wallets eh?

  4. I went through all your posts looking for a post like this (sorry, second comment of the day). I’m going grocery shopping this Friday and it will be my first time doing so in 4 years of University that won’t involve just junk food! Normally, I just go to the Shopper’s across from Main and you can imagine what my diet’s been like. You seriously are changing my entire life and health and i can never thank you enough!

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