After posting a Skinny Girl’s Shopping Cart on Instagram a few weeks ago, I received many questions about what I buy each week. Many people think eating healthy means feeling deprived and going hungry. Not true. When eating the right combination of foods, I never feel hungry and I rarely crave sugar. I credit this to focusing my diet around a lot of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds and limiting sugar, processed foods, meats and dairy. Below you will see what’s in my grocery cart most weeks to give you an idea of the healthy foods I buy and yes, I am I’m single. This food is all for me. No shame!
You will always find either blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or blackberries (or all of the above!) in my cart depending on what’s on sale for adding to pancakes, yogurt, muffins or oatmeal. I also keep a healthy stash of frozen berries in the freezer for when I get the urge for smoothies.
Oranges & Apples
My fridge is regularly stocked with oranges and apples for juicing and snacking on my beloved Nuttzo (get 20% off when you order with code olso-20). Oranges and apples are my favorite after dinner snack!
Lots and lots of lemons! I should plant a lemon tree for as many as I use. Lemons are always in my water bottle. They not only help me drink more water, but they keep pH levels balanced which is important for weight loss and gut health.
Spinach, Kale, Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Chard are the usual suspects. I use them in eggs, juices, smoothies and salads, but the truth is I use them mainly in eggs. My eggs are like big salads! P.S. I just burnt my chard for my eggs because I was multi-tasking and writing this post. 🙁
Celery and carrots are a staple for hummus snacking, making soups and salads. I buy a couple bell peppers each week for adding to eggs along with the leafy greens. A zucchini or two is often snuck in there for a quick dinner side or zucchini breads. I always buy frozen broccoli and cauliflower to steam and add to salads along with edamame. Needless to say, I buy a lot of vegetables!
Butternut Squash and sweet potatoes to roast on the weekends and to add to salads during the week or for soups and muffins. One or two plantains to fry in coconut oil for weekend brunching!
Chickpeas and black beans are always a must. I mostly use them for making homemade hummus, but they occasionally make it into a soup or muffin.
Eggs and yogurt are weekly staple in my shopping cart. I use them daily!
I drink a lot of tea. Dandelion, Peppermint and Green tea are my teas of choice. Green tea I drink daily. I actually prefer it to coffee. Dandelion tea I drink a couple times a week for liver detoxing. Peppermint I have after dinner. It soothes the digestive track and helps me sleep better.
Quinoa, rice, coconut flour, gluten free rolled oats, gluten free crackers and gluten free tortillas I don’t buy every week, but chances are I’m out of one of them and need to stock up on something. I add quinoa to egg muffins and oatmeal is must for cookies and granola bars!
Seeds & Nuts
Raw Pumpkin, Sunflower, Chia & Hemp Seeds I keep stocked in my pantry along with raw almond, walnuts and cashews and a healthy collection of nut butters! They go in everything from salads to smoothies to pancakes to granola bars.
Related: Chocolate Almond Chia Hemp Flax Bars
Other than beans, I don’t buy a ton of canned foods, pumpkin, organic vegetable broth and canned tomatoes for soups, casseroles, quick dinner skillets and of course pumpkin for all the sweets!
Almond milk is a necessity for everything. Muffins, oatmeal, coffee creamer, cookies, pancakes, casseroles, soups. You name it, I probably put almond milk in it!
As I explained last week, I don’t eat red meat and lean meat is not a weekly occurrence for me either. When I do buy lean protein it’s either fish, turkey, chicken and canned tuna.
Other Random Staples
Maca powder (for smoothies & protein shakes), Vega protein powder, maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, dairy free mini chocolate chips (for baking) and unsweetened applesauce are other staples I buy as needed.
And that’s everything! As you can see, I buy very little packaged food and try to focus a lot of meals and snacks around vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds. I’m certainly not perfect, but hopefully this gives you an idea of how I shop healthy and what a Skinny Girl’s Shopping Cart looks like! Keep in mind everyone is bio-individual. One person’s diet is not meant to be a fit for everyone. Eating healthy is an ever evolving, unique process!
What’s in your shopping cart? What is something you struggle with eating healthy?
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