I’m excited to finally start the ‘In My Cart’ series’!
There’s a lot of overwhelming and confusing information as to what you should eat, how much you should eat, and when you should eat it for ultimate health. On top of that, the notion that healthy eating breaks the bank keeps a lot of people from following through on health goals.
Every 6 months or so Derrick and I will go on a big shopping trip to Sams Club (a store similar to Costco) to stock up on the essentials and meat.
What we don’t buy in bulk, I get during my weekly trip to the grocery store. Being a recent college graduate, with an unfortunate amount of student loans…, I’m on a budget. To save money I plan out my “menu” prior to shopping. Knowing exactly what I need to make the meals I’ve planned allows not only for me to stay on track but also prevents me from wasting money on food I don’t need.
I don’t claim to be a nutrition expert but I know what works for me, the foods I like, and the information I have gathered in the research I’ve done.
As my journey in healthful living continues, my diet adjusts. Just as my fitness regiment changes – so does my nutritional needs / wants!
Now on the to carts..shall we?
Below I will post what I bought, my weekly menu, estimated time to prepare, and cost from the last two weeks of my weekly grocery store trip.
I had a very busy week, and an even busier weekend, so I opted for super easy meals that took minimal prep and very little imagination.
Breakfast: Egg Whites + Avocado + Toast
Lunch: Baked Chicken Breast + Pre-Mixed Garden Salad with Sunflower Seeds & Dried Cranberries
Snack: Sliced Cucumber / Bannana + Almond Butter / Strawberries
Dinner: Baked Salmon + Steamed Corn on the Cob + Asparagus
In my cart-
- 3 Packages of Pre-Mixed Garden Salad (I use my own dressing, I just like the veggie combos!
- 1 Box of Leafy Greens
- 2 Cartons of Strawberries
- 4 Bananas
- 2 Oranges
- 5 Lemons
- 4 Avocados
- 3 Corns on the Cob
- 1 Carton of Eggs
- 1 Cucumber
This cost around $50.00 and was more than sufficient for the week. I always have a ton of lemons and oranges to put in water, squeeze for fresh juice, or cook with. Its the easiest, and healthiest, seasoning! [Not to mention delicious!]
I baked the salmon, chicken, and asparagus in the oven with light seasoning and olive oil and boiled the corn.
I was able to cook for all of my meals at the same time then portion servings into microwaveable containers for the week. This way I have no excuse to binge when I come home from work starving- I have dinner waiting!
Total Cost = $50.00
Total Time (shopping included) = 2.5 Hours
There is nothing worse than planning an eloborate dish for meal prep only to have it turn on you before the end of the week.
I personally love easily assembled salads and lunch / dinner bowls. There are endless combinations that can fit any mood or time of year and they’re pretty hard to get sick of!
This week I was feeling a little south of the border.
Breakfast: Hard Boiled Eggs + Avocado + Homemade Gluten Free Bread
Lunch: Ground Turkey / Tofu Chipolte Taco Salad + All the Fixin’s!
Snack: Grapefruits 🙂 + Cucumber + Banana + Plums + Apples + Cliff Bars + Hard Boiled Egg
…ok I think my blood sugar was low with all the fruit I ended up buying! What can I say…I love natural sugars!
Dinner: Baked Chicken + Zucchini / Brussels Sprouts
In My Cart-
- 7 Cliff Bars
- 5 Plums
- 5 Avocado
- 5 Bananas
- 4 Grapefruits
- 3 Zucchini
- 2 Roma Tomatoes
- 2 Onions
- 1 Carton of Eggs
- 1 Bag of Red Potatoes
- 1 Package Tofu
- 1 Package Chicken Breast
- 1 Package of Cherry Tomatoes
- 1 Package of Leafy Greens Salad Mix
- 1 Carton of Almond Chocolate Milk
- 1 Large Bag of Green Beans
- 1 Can Black Beans
- 1 Can Olives
- 1 Can Adobe Soaked Chipolte Peppers
This cost around $70.00. One of my coworkers had a taco salad recently and I had been craving one every since! So I experimented by combining a homemade chipolte recipe I saw for chicken with the ground turkey and tofu combination, and it turned out way better than I had expected!
I have an abundance of food, and produce I am concerned will go bad, which will show me to shop with low blood sugar!
Total Cost = $70.00
Total Time (shopping included) = 3.5 Hours
Derrick got home this morning, which means he will be taking over the cooking for a few days and I get to enjoy some amazing grilling!
What tricks do you have for getting healthy and staying on track?
Are you a meal prep-er? Feel free to share you favorite recipes / advice in the comments section!
Hope you are having a fantastic and healthful week so far! Thank goodness its almost over 🙂