Grocery Haul: It’s Spring, Yo

The sun was out, it was 75 degrees (dropping steadily today but who am I to be a Debbie Downer?) and my fridge was close to empty this past weekend. You know what that means! I know we’ve talked about this before, but grocery shopping is one of my favorite hobbies. Sometimes I let my fridge get to the bare minimum JUST so I have an excuse to go wild at Jewel.

I am so cool.

Anyway, I love seeing what other healthy living bloggers buy at the grocery store and I haven’t shared my loot in awhile, so here ya go. It’s good to see what people actually buy and eat, instead of what people claim to buy and eat, ya feel me?

This week’s grocery haul:

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Produce

  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 sweet onions
  • 2 limes
  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1 lb carrots
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 4 bananas
  • 3 mangoes
  • 1 cored pineapple
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 container cherry tomatoes
  • Spring Mix lettuce

Meat/Eggs/Bread/Dairy

  • Ezekiel Sprouted Bread
  • Whole Grain English Muffins
  • Dietz & Watson Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast (no artificial colors, flavors, fillers, extenders or MSG)
  • Phil’s Cage-Free Eggs
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese

Snacks/Other

  • Tortilla chips and salsa
  • Smartfood Cheddar Popcorn (unpictured)
  • Wheat Thins
  • Brookside Dark chocolate Gogi & Raspberry
  • Semisweet chocolate chips
  • Herbes de Provence

Cost: $90.08

Luckily I already had some frozen chicken breasts from last week’s trip so I’m planning on using those up before I purchase more. This week I will probably have to pick up more protein and bananas, but otherwise I should be good until Memorial Day. I do have grand plans of hitting up the Lincoln Park farmer’s market this Saturday so hopefully I’ll get next week’s produce prepped early and will be inspired to cook even more!

One of the things I love most about healthy living blogs is that there isn’t a strict definition to what makes each and every one of us “healthy.” We post pictures of the cheesiest, largest pieces of pizza one day and then share our excitement for fresh arugula the next. It’s what makes us balanced people. I love when bloggers are transparent with what they actually eat and spend on food. I know that I spend WAY more on food than the average 24-year-old. That being said I don’t buy expensive clothes, shoes, makeup, hair products, etc. It’s a give and take. It works for me, and it makes me feel good.

Some of the fun things I’ve thrown together with my groceries so far:

My new favorite snack: mangoes + strawberries

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Homemade Provencal Quiche + spring mix with EVOO/balsamic/garlic — recipe coming soon!

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Black bean + cheddar nachosunnamed (45)

Pineapple Teriyaki Glazed Chicken Skillet (Via Theironyou.com)

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Questions:

  • How often do you go grocery shopping? I usually go once every 7-10 days, with random stops at Trader Joe’s in between if I see one. I can’t pass those up without getting something.
  • Any tips for saving money at the grocery store? 
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46 comments

  1. I am always curious about what others spend on food because I feel like we spend alot! We are still getting used to where to get the best deals in your new neighborhood also. But I guess when I factor in that we don’t eat out at all and bring our lunches 4-5 days a week is not quite as bad.We try to just go once a week, but sometimes Ill stop by again during the week if we forgot something.

  2. I love seeing what other people buy at the grocery store – because I am nosey. I know I spend way more than most my age, but I rarely eat out. So I would rather spend money on the food I love and know I will enjoy eating. Love the chocolate chip addition! Never a bad decision.

  3. I am super nosy, so I love checking out people’s fridges. I shop usually about once a week and do a combo of Trader Joe’s and regular grocery shopping. As far as saving money goes, I shop the sales. Unless it’s something I definitely need that week, like eggs or something, I buy what’s on sale- produce, meat, etc. If steak isn’t on sale, we’re not having steak that week!

  4. When I started my blog I was posting groceries ALL THE TIME. Neil was like “um, are you going to write something different?” I should get back into that every once in awhile. I think I actually have a “what’s in my fridge” post on my list to do in the future.

    I used to only want to go grocery shopping one time and get everything, but then I realized that I loved grocery stores so much that I didn’t mind popping in and wandering whenever I felt like it. So I’m in one at least once or twice a week for random foods then I go to Costco every two weeks.

  5. Looks like you’ve got a lot of great stuff there! I tend to make more frequent, smaller trips to the grocery store. I feel like I waste a lot of produce by not eating it right away, so I try to buy it right before I’m going to use it. Luckily my jobs take me right by either a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, so I can easily get healthy stuff on my way to or from work.

  6. Ooh you’re 24 too! Wooh! Good times right?
    I actually don’t really grocery shop anymore because I get free food from my waitressing job! As a student I pretty much consider this part of my pay. The only thing I really buy from the grocery store is cereal and milk aka my FAVE food ever that I cannot live without 🙂 I kinda miss grocery shopping though sometimes! Your haul looks healthy and balanced and kinda made me hungry 🙂

  7. I also spend waaaay too much at the grocery store too. I just walk up and down all the aisles and sometimes it gets me into trouble.

  8. mmmm mangoes and strawberries, yummm. love mangoes. love all fruit but esp mangoes i think. at least right now. okay so i never grocery shop (brrrrpppp) and when i do it’s like, soy milk and coffee and 3 bags of quinoa chips and a salad….#nycliving.

  9. Wait. I love strolling the isles of Fairway. It’s like a bizarre-o meditation for me. This is a great post – I really like the idea of captioning what you buy each week. Gives some great inspiration too (now have a craving for Smartfood…). I go to the grocery every Sunday morning when it is still relatively empty. I like to buy a lot of frozen veggies and fruits because they last longer – especially if brocolli sounds SUPER good at the store but not so much at home. : )

    1. Smartfood is the bomb! Great idea going on Sunday morning. I think it’d be fun to go the same time every week. I think once I have a significant other and/or a family I will end up doing that so it’s more ritualistic, but for now I just go when I have to (or when I’m craving bizzare-o medication haha)

  10. Food is something I splurge on too. I try not to feel guilty about it because I justify that it’s for my health and will pay off in the long run. So yeah, it’s completely acceptable for me to spend $4 on my favorite protein bar that tastes like a candy bar at Whole Foods ; )

  11. I usually go grocery shopping once a week. Since we do a lot of food sharing, I only have to buy supplemental stuff for myself, so my total bill usual comes out at $30ish or so per week out of my pocket (and then usually $25-$30 extra per month for what I owe for the food bought for everyone [we split the cost of that four ways]). I almost exclusively shop at Trader Joe’s out of convenience, but I do think it’s fairly affordable as well.

    1. I remember you talking about you and your roommates sharing food — so interesting! I would never be able to make that work because I’m pretty sure I eat 1.5x the amount most normal people eat and it would just stress me out haha. Trader Joe’s is pretty darn affordable considering how convenient it is and how many creative, unique items they sell.

  12. Love grocery hauls! lol. I go grocery shopping once a month ( spend $300) I buy everything I need. Once a week I buy the basics(milk, eggs, bread). One good tip for saving money at the grocery store would be to make a list and stick to it. Also just take the exact amount you plan to spend.

  13. I am totally with ya on buying more food than anything else, but I don’t buy expensive clothes or anything else either haha I would much rather be in the kitchen baking away!

      1. Oh for sure! You inspired me to get my butt to Trader Joes pronto too! So thank you haha

  14. Looooove the mango and strawberries – yum!!! I go shopping usually 3x per month and I spend a ridiculous amount. I’m no good at saving on shopping trips :/ If you find out any secrets (other than cutting coupons because let’s face it – I don’t have time for that!) I’d love to hear them.

    1. Apparently there are some awesome coupon apps made for lazy f***s just like us hahah. Gotta look into that! And I really never thought about strawberries + mangoes together until it struck me like a stroke of genius one day. Then, all of a sudden, PERFECTION.

      1. Coupon apps?! Why didn’t I think of that before?! That sounds perfect for my lazy ass!

  15. I love Trader Joe’s and have trouble passing one up if I go by too! I too, like seeing what other bloggers pick up on their grocery shopping trips! I usually shop twice a week or so. I work right near a Market Basket which I’m OBSESSED with, so I go in pretty often and they always have fresh stuff!

  16. I love Ezekiel products! I have always been a fan of their cereal and am trying the almond flavor this week. It is great with blueberries and vanilla almond milk! I go grocery shopping on my day off each week so about as much as you. I only have one reusable bag though so I don’t get quite as much ( I also have no fridge space lol)

  17. I have been MOWING on mangoes and strawberries lately too. SO freaking good. I must let my fridge run empty before I go to the store, WASTE NOTHING.

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