Lets start off with some simple things about my weekly healthy food staples. One, I love to shop at Aldi and Walmart, but Aldi is my main grocery shopping store. Two, most of the things I buy are healthy. Last, but not least, three – I shop for my husband and myself, which means you might think I buy a lot for 2 people or you might think I barely buy enough food! It’s up to you! If you’re new here, I do weekly grocery hauls on YouTube here, and I have some blog posts about my weight loss journey here is my transformation story (which needs to be updated.. I’ll get there!)!
- Kale (biweekly depending on how big the bunch is!)
- Potatoes (biweekly)
- Chicken (like.. a lot of chicken. Trey eats a WHOLE family pack of chicken in 5 days!)
- Canned pineapple chunks
- Canned black beans
- Canned chickpeas
- Oatmeal (Plain rolled oats, not instant)
- Cottage cheese
- Eggs (biweekly)
- Milk – we make our own kefir! Way cheaper than buying it at the store.
- Almond Milk (biweekly)
- Broccoli or other veggies
Here’s the thing about grocery shopping…
These are the healthy foods on my list 99.99% of the time because they are staples in our meal prep and diets in general. Of course we buy other things though!
I typically buy beef or fish or shell fish depending on what we plan on eating over the weekend. For example, we usually buy more fresh fruits and vegetables every week, but it depends what’s on sale. We eat with the season, which just means we eat whatever fruit or vegetables are on sale. It’s cost effective and it keeps us from getting bored of the same fruits and vegetables!
If you noticed, I buy frozen vegetables though and that’s honestly for weekend meals and for convenience. Same with the yogurt, I buy the little cups for Trey to take to work here and there whenever he wants. I could buy a big tub of yogurt and portion it out for him, but no thank you.
This is just what works for us, we change how we marinate and cook the meal prep chicken and since our produce is typically changing we really don’t get bored of things. It’s also why our food shopping list might seem a little bare.
Also, in total we typically spend anywhere from $35-70 every week. I go through phases where I stock up the pantry and freezer with chicken, beef, seafood, veggies, and fruit – which is where I’ll spend about $70. Then I go through phases where I work through the pantry and freezer things, so I spend about $35-45 during those phases.
We’re only a family of 2 so that’s why we don’t really buy snacks or spend too much on food (at least I don’t think we spend too much).
Anywho! I just thought maybe people who are falling off the wagon (now that we’re into February) can use some insight of how to adjust your grocery shopping list to include foods that are slightly healthier options. I hope this helps!!