Grocery List


Whenever I mention grocery shopping it causes Joey to groan. He's not a big fan. To make it as painless as possible I try to be well prepared with a good list. I try to break my list down by how I shop in the store so I don't miss items or get to the cash and realize I've forgotten things.

Produce
Fruit - bananas, apples, oranges, berries, pineapple - basically whatever looks good
Veggies - broccoli, green beans, brussel sprouts, baby spinach, carrots, cucumbers, green onions, small red potatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, red peppers - again whatever looks good and is in season
I try to buy organic when possible, but am realistic in my budget. I also try to shop at our local fruit and veggie markets because they have amazing deals. Pineapples for $1! Strawberries for $1.49! I also try to buy as local as possible whenever I can.

Meat
Skinless, usually boneless chicken breasts
Lean ground pork
Deli meat - usually fat free ham or turkey, lately roast beef
Burgers for the BBQ

Dairy
1% milk
Cheese (usually old cheddar)
Yogurt - I like fat-free Activia or Source
Low fat sour cream
Eggs
Light Becel
Low fat cream cheese

Pantry
WW Bread
Small whole-wheat wraps
Olive oil
Sunflower oil
Whole wheat pasta - linguine, macaroni
Pasta sauce
Salsa
Canned diced tomatoes
Canned corn
Sidekicks
Brown rice
Cereal - cold and hot
Tea
Honey or agave nectar
Fat free/sugar free pudding
94% free popcorn
Granola bars - Kashi or Nature Valley

Freezer
Lean Cuisines or SmartOnes
Frozen fruit

These are the things I like to have on hand. Before I grocery shop I sit down and figure out which recipes I'm going to make during the week and what additional items I will need to make those meals. I'll add to this list from time to time. I think the key to grocery shopping is planning ahead. What are you going to make, and what do you need to make everything. Happy shopping!

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