Shopping for groceries is something all humans have in common. Where we go, how often we shop, and what staples we buy can differ from person to person/family to family. Common questions I get asked from my clients are, “What do you buy?” “Where can I find that?” “I’m bored with what I buy, what do I do differently?” Assuming you need some help, ponder these types of questions, or want a fresh start on how to mindfully shop for groceries, I’m here to assist! I’m going to share my guide on how to have a successful grocery store trip and add excitement back into your food.
When making a list for groceries, follow this template (change number depending on routine or how many people you’re feeding):
- 3 Veggies/ 3 Fruits
- Color is important here! Vary as best as you could.
- Check to see what is in season that month.
- Frozen fruits and vegetables are a great option if you want to preserve the freshness longer. It also saves time and prep if you are cooking with it.
- 3 Different Proteins (if your budget allows for it, opt for the better-quality options. You can also overstock proteins in one trip and leave them in the freezer so you minimize this cost later in the month.)
- Wild Seafood
- Pasture Raised Eggs
- Organic Chicken/Turkey
- Grass Fed Beef
- 2 Fat Sources
- Avocado/ Avocado Oil
- Olive Oil
- Kerrygold Butter/ Ghee
- Chia/Hemp Seeds
- 1-2 new foods or brand you’d like to try
- 1 Fun Food (example: Simple Mills baking mixes, Hu chocolate)
If it’s an option for you in your community, find a farmers market that has local vendors and produce that you can try. This is a great way to learn more about the food you’re eating and meet people in your community.
Don’t forget your reusable bags!