I am so passionate about nutrition that I wanted to give you an inside look at my weekly grind. This includes my grocery list/meal ideas, grocery cart, fridge, freezer, and my kitchen cabinet. You will get an idea of how a future Dietitian shops and eats!
A successful trip to the store starts with a solid grocery list. Here are some tips to keep you straight at the store:
-Categorize grocery list
-Base part of your grocery list off of Meal Ideas
-Half of grocery list should be fruits & veggies
-Shop the perimeter of the store
-Go to the store with a happy belly, so be sure to eat! Believe it or not I stuck with the grocery list because I was prepared with a plan. I was in and out of the store in 30 minutes and the total came to $101. This may sound high for just two people, but we are very active eating well over 2,500 calories a day. I make 80-90% of the meals because I want to know what is in my food and want it to be fresh. The other 10-20% is left for treat meals to indulge in foods we don’t normally eat. It’s all about moderation! Here is a look inside my fridge. My fridge doesn’t always look this organized I swear!
–Top Shelf: Water, coconut water, soy milk, unsweetened almond milk, cilantro, spinach
–Middle Shelf: Non fat plain greek yogurt, whole wheat tortillas, corn tortillas, mint, basil
–Bottom Shelf: Eggs, carrots, green onions, pineapple, cherry tomatoes, fresh parmesan cheese
–Bottom Drawer: Apples, bell peppers, cantaloupe, cucumber, cabbage, roma tomatoes, serrano peppers
–Side door: As you can tell Joey loves hot sauce and bbq sauce! Key things: egg white carton, almond butter, organic peanut butter, rosemary Now my freezer. Lately I have been struggling with fresh whole wheat products going bad too quickly, so I have been freezing english muffins, bread and tortillas. This has solved my problem and saved me from wasting food.
–Fruits: pineapple, mango, bananas, blueberries, raspberries, Pitaya
–Veggies: broccoli, corn, edamame
–Protein: Lean beef, tilapia, lean ground turkey meat, chicken breast
–Whole grains: english muffins, bread and tortillas
–Random: Cucumber infused ice cubes, homemade chicken broth cubes Last but not least, my kitchen cabinet. It’s all about whole wheat and nuts, can’t you tell?
Did you know that fiber and nutrients are processed out of white products? The vitamins are eventually added back to the white products, which is where the word ‘enriched’ comes from. So, choose whole wheat, because it is WHOLE, meaning nothing is taken out and it contains those essential vitamins, fiber and protein.
–Top Shelf: whole wheat pasta, whole wheat couscous, brown rice, whole wheat orzo, beans, quinoa and lentils
–Bottom Shelf: Nuts (pecans, almonds, pumpkin, sunflower, cashews), honey, multigrain oats, cocoa nibs, canned black beans (black bean brownies, duh!), lactose free chocolate chips, raisins, coconut sugar and chia seeds I always have plenty of fruit and veggies on the counter. Bananas are my favorite, so I constantly keep those stocked. The rest include red potatoes, lemons, mangoes, onions, garlic and avocado. The reason I created this blog is to share my passion and knowledge about fitness and nutrition! So, I hope my weekly grind will help you shop smarter and live a healthier life!
xoxo Fit Andy