10 Things You will Always Find in My Grocery Cart

Grocery shopping used to be one of those things that I just couldn’t stand. I would put it off and put it off and then usually just end up getting take out.

I will fully admit – it still isn’t my favorite thing in the entire world, but over the last few months since we have gone all clean with our eating – the grocery store isn’t so bad.

So – one of the main things that the plan my husband and I follow  is that is really centers and focuses around fresh, clean and whole ingredients. That means we HAVE to go to the store once a week to stock up on certain items and then usually a few days before our big stock up – I will grab a few items we may get low on. What works best for us – Costco. Living in Hawaii and having to stock up on certain items – it makes sense for our family. PLUS – I think their produce is actually some of the best on island. Believe me, I have shopped ALL over this entire island and we are always so happy with how fresh and wonderful the options are at our local Costco.  I try to go organic as much as I can – but honestly – between scarcity of some items and price and a few other factors – you get what you get and you make it work. Costco carries a good mix for us and we are happiest stocking up there.

*Warning – forgive my iPhone snaps – but in a house where people are ALWAYS hungry I don’t always have time to grab my camera…MUST.EAT.NOW.

EGGS

We go through 2 dozen eggs a week just for the breakfast egg cups that I make and prep ahead. We also have an extra dozen for different baking and cooking and THEN my husband finds hard boiled eggs – peeled and packaged. He swears by them, loves them and is really upset when he can’t find them some weeks. Safe to say – we eat a LOT of eggs.

BERRIES/APPLES/SEASONAL FRUITS

We have to limit our intake – because if we really tried – my husband and I could power through some fruit. EASY. We love taking advantage of seasonal varieties. Right now – it has been apples. The berries are still a mainstay for our morning routine – but apples and peanut butter have been a favorite by all three Gipson’s lately. But I can’t live without my blackberries and raspberries.

FROZEN FISH/CHICKEN

Frozen proteins keep weeknight meals easy and quick. I hate to admit it – but I have had terrible luck with the quality of the meat here in Hawaii – so I have become incredibly picky about where we get our meats from. Fresh cuts typically come from Whole Foods when we want a treat or something special. I always have frozen chicken, Mahi Mahi and tilapia in the freezer at all times.

LUNCH MEAT

All three of us love it. My boys enjoy sandwiches and during the week when I am busy, I can easily grab a few slices with some cheese and it is a great lunch. We have found a great organic brand at Costco that we always stock up on. (2 lbs lasts a week around here.)

KOMBUCHA

I am new to loving kombucha – but I have quickly learned how much I love it and how good it is for tummy health. If I am just grabbing one as a snack or a case at Costco- it is always in my cart and fridge.

HUMMUS & CARROTS

I used to be a potato chip person. In the worst way. When I first started this plan – I struggled because I missed my crunchy crunch salty treat. Enter carrots and hummus. I can’t tell you how much hummus we actually consume a week. Current favorite – jalapeño. We can also eat a 5 lbs bag of carrots in a week — I consider it an accomplishment when we do.

NUTS/SEEDS

We love almonds. My husband takes them for a snack daily and I put them on my greek yogurt. We also love, love, love pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds.

ALMOND MILK

I don’t drink milk. Even though I enjoy other dairy products – I don’t drink milk and haven’t for a while now. I am trying really hard to eliminate dairy completely but…cheeeeeeseeeee and yogurt. I use almond milk for all of my shakes, baking and in my coffee.

GREEN VEGGIES

For weeknight cooking – we have about 3 or 4 different fresh veggies stocked and ready to cook to pair with our proteins. Usually we will pick what we are in the mood for that week – lots of green beans, Brussel sprouts, broccolini and zucchini.

SWEET POTATOES

This is my go-to, number one love when it comes to getting my carbs in for the day. I eat A LOT of sweet potatoes. We like to roast a giant batch up on the weekend and eat them throughout the week. But – if I can’t find them – look out.

 

So – there are our ten things that you will see in our cart every single week. Of course we grab all kinds of other goodies and staples along the way and I can’t wait to share more of that (we will save that for another post) but these are definitely our go-tos and essentials when it comes to our weekly plan.

If you have any questions about my plan or clean eating – shoot me a message or email. I love to talk about the this stuff.