Health & Nutrition, Lifestyle

The Grocery List – my ABSOLUTE essentials!

A question I have been asked oh so often; What’s on your shopping list?

At the beginning, when I started down this path of holistic nutrition, I would spend a FORTUNE on groceries. I would find an awesome recipe and then shoot straight out to the grocery store to buy all the ingredients. I think one time a dish cost me over $60 to make, and half the ingredients I bought are still in my cupboard today. I was going broke trying to eat healthy and at the same time I was trying to make every meal gourmet, interesting and mind-blowing. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOOOOOVE a mind blowing meal, who doesn’t? But lets face it, it’s not realistic if you want to maintain a healthy and clean diet everyday. I realized the things most important to me, nutrition, fresh and easy (and still tasty!!).

So after sitting down with my part

ner and creating what I like to call our ‘Life Budget’, I had a food budget to work with. With this plan along came The Grocery Staples. These are the foods we cant live without! They help bulk up dishes, keep things relatively creative, and are easy to prepare. Our budget is $100 p/w and we rarely go over that. In fact most of the time we can treat ourselves to some ‘luxury’ items on top of that (*ahem* chocolate) AND still have money left over. Its great! Sometimes it even rolls over and we end up with some money to have a wee night out πŸ™‚

Ok, without further a-do, I present to you:

THE GROCERY STAPLES (Buy organic where you can):

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet Potato
  • Potatoes (Lasts a while)
  • Juicing Bouquet (my grocery store puts together a few green leaves for juicing…I just use them as extra greens in smoothies/meals)
  • Fresh Parsley (This lasts a lot longer than a week usually)
  • Ginger (Lasts a while)
  • Lemons
  • Apples (I buy a 3lb bag of organic apples usually)
  • Loaf of Bread
  • Peanut butter
  • 3 tins of beans (always mix it up and buy organic)
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Brown Rice (Lasts a while)
  • Brown Pasta (Lasts a while)
  • Oats
  • Almond milk
  • Eggs
  • Miso (Lasts a while)
  • Tofu

This is it!!! The list we go by EVERY SINGLE WEEK! If there’s plenty of something left over, then obviously there’s no need to buy it. Having some foods roll into the next week allows us to buy other items not on the list, such as coconut milk for curries mmmmmmm, or pizza dough for date night!

With this list, we never have to miss a green smoothie in the morning, and we have plenty of veggies to throw together quickly for a stir fry or a hearty soup – great for those long nights after work πŸ™‚

Copy it, print it off, stick it on the fridge!! The Grocery Staples has really helped us keep within budget, and I hope it helps you too!!

Stay healthy and happy! ❀

Love, Natalie πŸ™‚

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