My go-to grocery shopping picks for healthy eating an overall healthy living. PLUS, a downloadable, printable template for you to make your own clean eating grocery list.
Hey everyone! Tackling a long asked for ‘reader’s request‘ post today!
I get a lot of questions about my typical grocery store purchases, how much money I spend on groceries, and how I manage eating healthy with a pretty busy schedule. So I thought it would fun to share some insight into what I buy for groceries and how I save money as an entrepreneur in my 20s.
Before we get into the list itself, a few notes…
- I go shopping once a week to two different stores: Wegmans and a discount store called Price Rite Marketplace (you may have a ShopRite or Price Rite in your area depending on where you live…they are owned by the same company but vary regionally). Price Rite Marketplace saves me a TON of money. That’s where I get mostly all of my produce because it’s just so cheap. Overall I spend about 70-90 dollars on groceries a week. It might seem like a lot, but it’s worth it for me to cut back in other spending areas (living CARfree for example) so that I can have fresh, healthy food daily.
- I buy food from every single food group and aim for balance. Lots of produce, some lean proteins, cheap legumes and beans, tons of whole grains, and healthy fats! I don’t follow any dietary labels, but if I had to call myself something, I’d be a WHOLE FOODIE.
- Another way I save money is by not eating a very meat heavy diet. I stick to chicken, turkey, and fish…and even then I don’t by the most expensive kinds. Instead, I use a lot of canned products, sale items (whatever fish is on sale that week), and try to eat a lot of plant-based protein sources as well.
- I don’t eat out a ton, so the money I save from that can go towards buying higher quality, healthier foods. Also, when I work out of the house, at a coffee shop for example, a bring food with me to save money.
- I’m fortunate that I receive a lot of products to snack on sand cook with from companies because of my blog. So on a daily basis I have access to a lot of expensive ‘extras’ that I wouldn’t normally be able to purchase on my own with my budget. This is awesome and I am so grateful to work with some of the amazing companies that I do. Samples supplement my grocery shopping needs as well.
- The key for me each week is having a general idea of what lunches and dinners I’m going to make. But other than that everything is pretty much decided in the moment. I rotate favorite meals because it’s just easier that way during the week. The less thinking and deciding…the better! I save more creative meals for the weekends.
- I also try to take advantage of in season produce, special deals, and COUPONS. No shame here in using coupons at the store! Great way to reduce costs.
Without further adieu, a look at my weekly (and monthly) grocery purchases….
apples (I love Fujis!)
cantaloupe (when in season)
mixed greens or lettuce
asparagus/eggplant/brussels sprouts/green beans (I rotate a new veggie into the mix depending what’s on sale!)
32 oz container of plain greek yogurt
no salt added cottage cheese
unsweetened cashew or almond milk
no salt added smoked turkey breast
liquid egg whites
smoked salmon (make sure there is no added sugar)
frozen veggies for soup making
no salt diced tomatoes
low sodium vegetable broth
Japanese sweet potatoes
low-fat cheese sticks
Follow Your Heart Smoked Gouda Cheese (vegan)
frozen tilapia or whatever fish is on sale
chicken breast tenderloins
Bilinski’s Chicken Sausage
fat-free refried beans
soft silken tofu
Food for Life Low Sodium Ezekiel Bread or Alvarado Street Bakery Flax Bread
Rudi’s Spelt English Muffins
kelp noodles or Palmini
raw nuts and seed
dried plums/raisins/medjool dates/turkish apricots (make sure you get UNsulphured)
salt-free herbs & spices (I like Mrs. Dash and 21 Salute from Trader Joes)
Amazing Grass Chocolate Greens
various protein powders
apple cider vinegar
natural peanut butter/sunbutter/mixed nut butter
I also created this printable shopping list for you all to use. I like organizing my list based on department so I can get everything I need in a certain section at once. Keeps me from forgetting things!
To download the list as a PDF and print it…CLICK HERE!
How do you tackle grocery shopping? One trip per week? Daily stops?
What are some of your weekly/monthly purchases?
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