MY GROCERY LIST
People have recently been asking about what my grocery shop looks like so I thought I would write it up as a reference!
I’m a student living out of home so I’ve become pretty savvy with shopping and only shop once a week or even less! I go shopping with my housemate, Fraser, and we split the bill. Pretty much we don’t buy anything if it’s not on special and we kind of buy in bulk. I’m vegetarian so there is no meat on my list and very little animal products! I do as much of the shopping as possible at the Fresh Produce Market in the city because they’re cheaper and fresher and then we only get the super basics at the shops next door (we get meat for Fraser, oil, peanut butter, milk etc). Even if it’s not listed, I’ll pretty much always choose organic over everything else unless the price is outrageous, I never buy fat/sugar free (because of the artificial additives which are worse for you) and will always choose the wholegrain option instead of white and refined. My advice to anyone getting healthy would be to ALWAYS take a list but seeing as we pretty much get the same things every time we go, I have it memorised. Usually we only stock up on things we’ve run out of.
What I buy all depends on season too. See seasonal chart here.
These are the foods that I will buy EVERY time I visit the shops - as in that I would die without:
- Baby Spinach (I hate lettuce)
- Capsicum (Peppers?)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Butternut Pumpkin
- Organic Firm Tofu
- 5 Bean Mix
- Chick Peas
- Peanut butter
- Natural Honey
- Natural whole grain oats
- Organic Free Range Eggs
- Nuttelex Vegan Olive Margerine
And these are pretty much what’s in my house most of the time otherwise:
- Apples (Fugi and Golden Delicious are favourites!)
- Frozen berries (for shakes etc)
- Bean sprouts
- Sweet Potato
- Frozen Mixed Veggies (Especially Peas)
- Whole wheat tortilla (to make wraps)
- Brown rice
- Canned Peaches
- Canned tomatoes
- Mixed Lentils
- Organic Light Soy Milk
- Natural Greek Yoghurt
- Virgin Cold Pressed Peanut Oil
- Veggie stock cubes
- Dark Soy Sauce
- Organic Raw Sugar
- Cous Cous
- Organic Coffee beans
- Chicken Crimpies and Pizza Shapes (Australians will know what I’m talking about!!)
Some tips (with thanks to sweatsalty.tumblr.com):
- Always go with a list - even consider planning your weekly meals in advance so you know exactly what to buy.
- DO NOT SHOP WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY!
- If you can’t get to a Market - Shop the perimeter of the supermarket! This is typically where fresh produce like fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, fish and frozen sections are located. Choose a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables. The colors reflect the different vitamin, mineral, and phytonutrient content of each fruit or vegetable.
- Inside the “perimeter” you are more likely to stray as junk foods are lurking! The candy aisle, the juice/drinks aisle, and the snacks aisle are all bad places to buy the majority of your groceries if you want to get fit and sexy.
- Look for what is on sale & stock up if it’s non-perishable
- When choosing packaged produce, look at the “Use by” date and choose the longest.
- Check all fruits & veggies for bruises, scratches, & mold. It’s the worst getting home to find your strawberries are growing mold on the bottom, yuck!
- Choose “real” foods, such as 100% fruit juice or 100% whole-grain items with as little processing and as few additives as possible. If you want more salt or sugar, add it yourself.
- Buy frozen veggies, and berries (for smoothies or baking). They’re always cheaper & there isn’t much difference.
- Try to not over-buy, know how long each fruit/veggie will last & don’t waste it!
- Avoid foods that contain more than five ingredients, artificial ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
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