…Hot sausage and mustard. While we’re in the mood, Cold jelly and custard!
I’m not even a fan of Oliver! and yet that song has been stuck in my head, because I’m just wrapping up a monstrous grocery shopping excursion. I can’t remember the last time I spent so much money on groceries.
And boy, did I need it. My cupboards were bare. My fruit bowl was nearly empty, except for a couple onions. I was running low on major meal components, like veggies and proteins, and I was completely out of many of the condiments and pantry items, like mustard and canned beans, that I use to flavor and spruce up my meals.
This was my first big shopping trip of 2014. I’ve had a few mini shopping trips, to buy a few items to last a day or two, but I was in dire need of a major restocking. The most important reason being: I like options. If I don’t have healthy options in my refrigerator, than I’m more likely to go elsewhere for food, and that food is more likely to be unhealthy.
And I’ve definitely leaned towards the unhealthy in the past week. I haven’t taken a swan dive off the deep end, but I’ve eaten junk food (including the dreaded caramel creams that I wrote about it December), and I really want to rally around eating wholesome, balanced, healthy meals. In December I got within a few pounds of my all-time lowest weight, and thanks to the holidays, I slid a little bit in the wrong direction. I’m not beating myself up over that little gain, but I would like to reverse course. I like losing so much more than I like gaining.
And it’s easier to lose when you’re stocked with lots of healthy options.
Wanna see what I bought?
This ended up being a two-store excursion. One grocery store wasn’t enough! The first stop was Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s is a wonderful store for many things, but I’ve never shopped there exclusively. I don’t love their produce section on the whole (although it has improved a great deal since I first moved to California), but I do love that they have a lot of washed, trimmed and ready-to-eat veggies.
The second stop was Sprouts, which has my favorite produce section in town. Great prices, lots of variety, with lots of specialty products and things to discover.
Here’s the fruit I came home with:
All of this is from Sprouts: blackberries (77 cents a container!), tangerines, bananas, pears, lemons, and a mix of honeycrisp and braeburn apples. I just realized I got charged as if they were all honeycrisp, which was the pricier of the two. Ugh. Because I’m on a smoothie kick, I also bought frozen strawberries and cherries (not pictured).
Here are the veggies:
All the bagged items are from TJ’s, and all the loose items are from Sprouts. From left to right, column by column: Green beans, zucchini, baby carrots, green pepper, kale, red peppers (3 for $1!), cucumber (50 cents!), TJ’s healthy eight chopped veggies, butternut squash, brussel sprouts, spinach, roma tomatoes, broccoli.
It’s been months since I shown my produce hauls like this. The last time I did this was after I checked out Sunland Produce in August, but I was lazy and just photographed the items in my shopping cart. Produce hauls are fun!
My protein purchases included nonfat Greek yogurt, eggs, a carton of egg whites, chicken breasts, and canned beans. In addition, I found this high-protein tofu at TJ’s that I want to try…
…as well as this tried-and-true favorite, TJ’s egg white salad:
I was on a kick about a year ago where I was going through two of these containers a week. They’re delicious, low in calories and fat, and a great protein source. The only problem is that they have a short shelf life, but I actually don’t mind that, because it means that they aren’t loaded down with salt or preservatives.
I discovered the frozen fish section at Sprouts, where they have single-serving pouches of fish – fantastic for a single guy like myself! Albacore tuna was on sale, so I picked up two.
A five-ounce tuna steak for $4. Not bad. They also had a fish called wahoo on sale, also for $4, so I picked one of those up, too. I don’t think I’ve ever cooked or eaten wahoo, but it’s a steak-like white fish. I’ll have to do a little research on that one.
Lastly, in the et cetera category, I bought some low-sodium boxed soups, frozen veggie patties, a bottle of salad dressing, and this bottle of sauce from Trader Joe’s:
It’s a teriyaki-type sauce and marinade, and it’s pretty low in fat and calories, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.
And there you have it. A fully-loaded kitchen. I’ll try to be good about photographing and blogging about what I do with some of this stuff. This, though, is certain: thanks to all this shopping, I’ll definitely be good about eating healthy!
Keep it up, David!