Jump Inside My Grocery Cart

 

20160510_115630*Full grocery list at bottom of page

Grocery shopping is not my favorite. But it is a necessary means to an end. That end being cooking and eating. I like the eating part. Grocery carts are fascinating. Looking inside someone’s cart is like looking into their soul. Ok, too deep. It’s more like getting a Polaroid of their personality. It also makes you think a little. What do they have planned this week? What are they using that chicken stock for? (so many recipes!?) How do coffee and shrimp go together? Should I judge them for their cat food and sriracha? NO! Those 2 things are amazing… separately. I want to invite you to jump inside my shopping cart on a basic grocery trip for me. Granted 20160127_152915I shop for between 1-3 people (depending on how hungry I am), so your quantities of specific items may be slightly different then mine.

Almost every trip my list looks the same. A few anomalies show up based on season, events or guests but my go-to items stay fairly consistent. This list includes small suggestions and explanations. There will be an easy to read, printable list at the bottom of this page!

 

The Starting Line Up:

  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes– (whatever is on sale-roma, cherry, etc.)
  • Mushrooms-baby bella
  • Peppers-red, green, yellow and/or orange
  • Bananas20160301_111035
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Red Onions
  • Hummus– Food Lion Brand Everything Hummus is my fave right now.
  • Stacy’s Pita Chips
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk– Coconut or Almond Coconut Milk is good too.
  • Chicken breast, tenderloins, drumsticks- usually 2 packs (always stay stocked).
  • Eggs– brown (I’ll pay a little more for happy chickens aka organic).
  • Frozen Fruit– 1 bag each trip.
  • Frozen Veggies-1 bag each trip (also make great ice packs)

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The Bullpen: Things I Don’t Get Every Trip-But Very Often

  • Coffee
  • Oatmeal– Just the plain oats
  • BBQ Sauce– Weber’s Brand has no crap in it- DELICIOUS*
  • Rice– brown
  • Beans– kidney, pinto, garbanzo!20160209_152032
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Cheese– feta, bleu crumbles, cheddar, pepperjack…
  • Wine– cheers!
  • Seltzer water
  • Salsa
  • Hot Sauce
  • Seasonal Fresh Vegetables– (aka who’s on sale?) Zucchini, squash, green beans, etc.
  • Avocados– I only buy them when they are about $1 a piece (it’s like an internal rule of mine).
  • Herbs– parsley, cilantro, basil etc.
  • Seasonal Fruits– melons, berries, lemons, limes, etc.
  • Dried Fruits– cranberries, blueberries- 1 bag every other trip
  • Nuts– Almonds, walnuts, pecans etc. (personal preference!)

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*balsamic vinegar and olive oil are always in my cabinet. I shop for them as needed.

 

Almost every meal I make includes most of The Starting Line Up ingredients. The recipes change with the seasons, and if there is a special event, guests or a new recipe I’m trying. Knowing that when I open the fridge I always have that Starting Line Up, I’m able to easily grow a meal from those items. Variations in seasonings are a perfect way to shake up the Line Up.20160401_173448

Example: Using red onions and bell peppers (red, orange, yellow and/or green).

Option 1– basil, oregano, black pepper, garlic and balsamic vinegar. Sautee together.

Option 2- Paprika, cumin, garlic, red pepper flakes and lime juice. Sautee together. Serve. Eat. Wait for someone to clean up. Sleep.

Both options are DELICIOUS but very different based off seasoning! Spice it up!!

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Whatever your goals, lifestyle, or event you are training for:

Plan your meals. Bring your lunches. Have health snacks HANDY.

Play Hard, Get Fit!

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Full playhardgetfit Shopping List:

  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Bell Peppers
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Red Onions
  • Hummus
  • Pita Chips
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Chicken Breast
  • Chicken Tenderloins
  • Eggs
  • Frozen Fruit
  • Frozen Veggies
  • Coffee
  • Oatmeal
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Brown Rice
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Red Kidney Beans
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Cheese crumbles
  • Hard Cheese- cheddar
  • Wine- red, white, pink, all.
  • Seltzer water
  • Seasonal Fresh Vegetables
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Green Beans
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Avocados
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Basil
  • Seasonal Fruits
  • Melons- Watermelon, Honeydew
  • Berries- Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry
  • Citrus-Oranges, Lemons, Limes
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Dried Pomegranates
  • Almonds
  • Pecans

Birthday Smoothie

In honor of my birthday month, I’ve constructed a filling and festi20160324_182704ve smoothie! All of the ingredients are easy to find in your neighborhood grocery store. If you are using an individual serving blender, like a Nutribullet or similar, I blend for 15-30 seconds and then stop. I take the sealed container and shake it up vigorously. It mixes up the ingredients that may be stuck at the top or bottom. Then blend for another 15-30 seconds. If you are having trouble blending or it’s too thick, add more coconut milk!

20160324_182451Happy Birthday to You!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Ingredients

Combine all ingredients into your blender. Add “milk” until you reach your desired consistency. Top with 20160324_183533rainbow SPRINKLES!!!!!
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