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!)


*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!!


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

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

Play Hard, Get Fit!



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

Why You Shouldn’t Weigh Yourself on a Monday

You wake up Monday morning, hit the snooze button X amount of times, literally roll off your mattress and saunter lethargically into the bathroom.20151109_063548 During this chain of events, your barefoot hits the cold top of your scale and you blurrily look down at the number… STOP! Monday morning is not the time, place or headspace that you need to be checking your weight. Tracking your weight is the most common form of measurement for health (don’t really agree with that though), but like I said, it’s common. I prefer to just check out how my jeans fit! Whether you are trying to lose, gain or maintain weight, leave that number alone on Mondays.

Monday is a culmination of weekend activities.

Firstly, you’re lacking your normal routine. During the week, usually there are set times that you have to be at work, take your lunch break, pick up kids, teach a class etc. Weekends are a break from that routine and you’re eating habits know that! You’re also not waking up with the same expectations or constraints that a work week has on you. Your sleeping schedule is either more or less then the weekdays. Celebrations often take place on weekends. You are eating at different times, too much or sometimes less then normal. Our willpower has decreased by the end of the week and you are less likely to make smart, healthy food choices.

MondaysMonday sets the tone for your week.

Monday has a reputation for being a downer. Just the word Monday has a negative connotation. Mondays are a day when you are abruptly snapped back to reality and to routine. It’s a disease (case of the Mondays), it’s a description (I’m having a Monday), and an insult (you look like a Monday). Why would you want to layer onto that a number on the scale that will most definitely change your mood? Let Monday be itself and pick any other of the 6 days be your weigh in day.

monday-quotes-sayingsWhen should I weigh myself?

This is personal preference.

  • In the morning.
  • Same day of the week.
  • Not more then 1x per week.

20151109_063514You have tons of willpower on a Monday but you also have some jetlag and resentment from the weekend ending. Your weight will fluctuate throughout the day anywhere between 2-4 lbs. on average. I had a client tell me that they weighed themselves 4 times a day because they did NOT want to gain any weight. Well, stuff goes in and stuff comes out…(human stuff… like air and food etc.). I hope your weight fluctuates daily. I don’t want a person to weigh themselves more then 4 times a month, let alone a day! Too extreme, discouraging and unnecessary.

Transitioning from Saturday and Sunday into Monday is emotional. 20151109_063627You have goals that you want to reach and motivation to maintain. Jump right into your workouts on Monday. Have an amazing sweat session, press the mental reset button and leave that scale alone!

Play Hard, Get Fit!