Grocery shopping….it’s one of those activities that you either love or hate. My husband and I are totally opposite on our views of this chore. I love grocery shopping. I’m not a creative person by nature but walking through a grocery store inspires me to be creative in the kitchen with new ingredients and to fill my plate with the most vibrant colors nature has to offer. Now I’ve always been a fruits and veggies girl, but the older I get the more I fall in love with plant-based cooking.
I would love to help you to gain confidence and feel more at peace with grocery shopping and meal prepping.
Step 1 is simply to fill your carts and your plates with abundant produce.
It’s always best to eat seasonally, but it’s not a rule with follow a 100% in our house. I simply start by planning meals around abundant produce. It’s the first place I personally shop at the grocery store because this is where I fill 75% of my cart. This eliminates room in both my cart and budget for empty calorie purchases as I move more into the heart of the store.
Step 2: prioritize gut health. I love GTS kombucha and CocoYo yogurt products. I try to purchase them every week so I can fuel up on living probiotics for my gut health. Other great options here are kimchi, sauerkraut, or any other fermented foods. Other things I’m conscious of is any type of grain product I’m buying. Most days, I opt for the most whole-food, gluten or grain-free alternative that I can. For example, I love purchasing red lentil or garbanzo bean pasta. And if I am buying grains, make sure you know how to read labels. We love sourdough bread, but if it contains yeast, it’s actually not true fermented sourdough bread. A little research can go a long way in helping you navigate the options at your store.
Step 3: Fill up on good protein. We are mostly plant-based in our house so a majority of our protein options look like beans, lentils, nuts and nut butters, legumes, quinoa, and occasionally some tofu. However, if you are a meat eater, I highly encourage you to purchase good quality, grass-fed, and organic if possible.
Step 4: Treat yourself. I love finding “healthy” treats for me to indulge in throughout the week. Whether that be a high quality brand of chocolate or your favorite coffee or snack option, give yourself some grace. Always look for the healthiest version of your favorite foods!! This week I indulged in Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut butter to spread on apples and bananas. It’s not something I would consider a health food, but the ingredients are really clean and make for a great treat I can enjoy without guilt.
These are just some of the basic outlines I use when grocery shopping. I hope you enjoyed them and found them helpful for you!