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Grocery Store Shopping Made Easy

After sharing my grocery store haul video I thought I would explain my reasoning and take you through my process step by step. Going to the grocery store can be overwhelming especially if you go at a busy time. There have been countless times where I forget half the stuff I need. I know this sounds very tedious what i'm about to tell you but it helps so much. I pick a day and try to stick to it, this helps the process. It's either Sunday morning or Monday afternoon for me. I have been trying to go every other week, and it's been working pretty well. Before grocery shopping I get a notebook, sit down and draw out what I'm going to make for the week. I look in the freezer so see what proteins/vegetables I have in there and see if I need more. By taking the time to lay out what you need actually helps so much throughout the week and saving time. If I see that I have ground turkey in there I usually create recipes for the week with what I already have so I am not over buying. It is time consuming to figure everything out but trust me if you take the time in doing so, it is only going to make your week easier. You can then add on any snacks you want or ones you know you like. I feel that doing this makes you able to change up your meals since you are prepping it in advance. I know there are families who like to have white boards that you can write the meals on each week to keep it fun for kids as well! But it also helps keep track of 3 meals a day / every day.


I find this guides me in making sure I have what I need and also helps me from spending $$ on stuff I do not need. When I go to the grocery store I try to keep it as cheap as possible.

Depending on who you're shopping for and how many people also needs to be factored in.


Everyone's list can vary, we all have different dietary needs and different foods that we choose to our liking. This list I have below is very simple, so I try to keep seasoning and everything else as simple as possible.


Another question that I get a lot is what's the difference between frozen or fresh vegetables. Fresh has more nutrition value since they are usually picked at their peak. But that being said frozen can be just as good. Especially when it is not the right time for that vegetable to be in season, frozen is then the way to go. Frozen is a great, healthy alternative to fresh. When I was in college and shopping for one I found that getting frozen vegetables was the most convenient and most cost effective. And with the vegetables being frozen they have a longer shelf life, which helps in making sure they aren't going bad. As well as making it easier so you aren't going to the grocery store every week.


Steps:

1.Plan what your having for the week

2. If you have a lot of a certain food, try to incorporate them in many meals throughout the week.

3.Figure out the must haves that you always keep in the kitchen.

4.On a different piece of paper or in the notes section on your phone, look at everything and make a list in coordination where everything is in the grocery store.



That being said, I usually like to grocery shop at two different stores. Trader Joe's where I like to get certain foods and hannafords/market baskets. I tend to do more of the frozen veggies and stuff at the market basket as the price is cheaper. But found that Trader Joe's has a better selection of fresh produce and as well as a better selection to hit the diet needs (GF, dairy free etc.)


Tips for going to the grocery store:


-Go alone (sometimes shopping with kids and others can be hard and they'll want to put whatever they want in cart)

-Do not go to grocery store hungry (you'll tend to buy anything that looks yummy instead of sticking to list)

-Hit the produce/fresh isle first this should take up most of your cart! (stay tuned for some ways to make sure the produce doesn't go bad)

-Have a list and stick to it

-Know what essentials you need (pasta, meat to put in freezer, etc)

-READ the food label blog soon on how to read it and what it all means soon).

-Pay attention to added sugars

-Stick to ingredients that you know

-If there is flavored foods see if you're able to add them in yourself. (example; if you want strawberry yogurt see if you are able to buy plain yogurt and put fresh strawberries in there yourself. Yogurts that are flavored tend to be artificial which can have more added sugars.)

-Have a carb, protein, vegetable and fruits for every meal (this helps you “eat the rainbow”)


Here is an example list for the store... (I'll list my trader joe's example list followed in order of how you walk into the store.)


Trader Joes list:

-GF bread and wraps

-Ground turkey

-beef

-chicken

-strawberries, blueberries, black berries

-any veggies on my list that week, zucchini squash, etc

-perfect bar (these have to be kept refrigerated)

-spinach, lettuce etc

-tomatoes

-onions

-peppers

-Sweet potatoes

-nuts / dry fruit products

-yogurt

-dairy products

-eggs

-hummus ( I love hummus so I get all the flavors I can :p)

-pizza dough

-cheese

-frozen stuff

-pasta isle, any sauces, chicken broth or whatever else i need


*(at home I have all the staples, that I use daily such as seasoning, peanut butter, almond milk etc) *


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