What I Buy At The Grocery Store

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Hey everyone!

I take pride in how healthy I eat considering it has taken me YEARS to stay consistent with my habits. I know how hard it can be to try and fill your pantry yourself without the help of your mom (welcome to college), but I think I can help at least a little bit! I would like to share the things I grab at the grocery store for those of us who need some help/inspiration or those who would like to start their health food journey! Also, I’m aware that some “vegetables” are actually fruits, but I listed them according to where they are located in grocery stores.

I eat mostly fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, leans proteins, and non-dairy products. I will include some **suggestions beyond what I buy. 🙂

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Vegetables:

  • Baby Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Bell Peppers
  • Onion
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Spinach
  • **Potatoes
  • **Brocoli
  • **Celery

I like to have a mixture of vegetables that I can eat raw, and a mixture that I can cut up and sauté! I usually will eat carrots and cucumbers raw, roast the sweet potatoes, and sauté everything else together! Spinach goes great with eggs, and onions add flavor to everything! Spaghetti squash is a great healthy alternative to spaghetti pasta!

Fruit:

  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Nectarines (if in season)
  • Melons
  • Mango
  • Oranges
  • **Strawberries
  • **Apples
  • **Watermelon
  • Lemon/Lime

The options are really endless when it comes to fruit. I suggest you narrow it down to what you’ll really go through in a week, because fruit goes bad very fast. I eat a banana almost every morning with my oatmeal along with all my berries! Any other types of fruit I like to keep around to be able to grab something healthy to snack on throughout the day! Lemon and limes are good for detox waters and flavoring!

Protein:

  • Egg Whites
  • Chicken Tenderloins
  • Turkey Burgers
  • Veggie Burgers
  • **Salmon Fillets
  • **Deli Sliced Turkey Breast
  • **Tofu
  • Black Beans
  • **Pinto Beans
  • **Lentils

I stick to very basic proteins simply because I don’t really eat them. When I go out to eat I will usually get a meal with chicken, and eat mostly plant based at home just because it’s cheaper! I eat a lot of black beans and egg whites to make sure I get a good amount of protein at home. Turkey and veggie burgers are great alternatives to regular hamburger patties! I’ll be honest, I’ve gotten kind of lazy when it comes to making proteins at home on the stove or grill, so I look for substitutes that are still healthy and easier to prepare.

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Nuts and Grains:

  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Fruit and Nut Mix
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Unsalted Rice Cakes
  • Powdered Peanut Butter
  • **Brown Rice

I am obsessed with oatmeal, so I constantly have a mason jar filled with rolled oats. My go-to snack is fruit and nut mix, and prefer to buy my own amount from the bins at any health food store. I like to add quinoa to any meals that needs a little protein boost, and snack on tortillas chips and rice cakes.

Non-Dairy:

  • Almond Milk (unsweetened original)
  • Almond Milk Coffee Creamer (vanilla)
  • **Non Dairy Ice Cream
  • **Non Dairy Yogurt

My body does not process dairy very well so I have eliminated it from my diet, and have seen amazing results. There are so many alternatives to regular dairy products that taste just as good, if not better!

Other Must-Haves:

  • Hummus
  • Snack Bars (my favorite are Lara Bars)
  • Vegan Chocolate

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I prefer to have at least 5 options of fruits and vegetables in my kitchen at all times. This allows me to have many options of combinations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to pair with my beans, proteins, or grains. Once you have committed yourself to healthy eating, you will find that it requires multiple shopping trips a week, because your produce will either run out or go bad. For me, healthy eating is a hobby. I love always researching what my body needs to thrive, and creating my own recipes with new items.

What’s most important is that you eat what makes YOUR body feels good! 🙂

Bon Appétit!

-Sam

 

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