One of the best ways to lose weight and/or be all around healthy: make your own food.
I make 90% of my weekly meals. I save not only calories, but money.
I actually had someone say to me that they are worried they’re going to get fat because they don’t have the money to eat healthy food… WHAT?! That doesn’t EVEN MAKE SENSE. It doesn’t have to be expensive… just be smart about shopping!
Okay listen. Yes. It does take a while to build up your “pantry” or shelves with different spices and staples like unsweetened cocoa powder, brown sugar, etc. BUT do it over time. Don’t buy everything at once.
And weekly- I spend about 70 dollars on groceries… that’s not a lot considering I eat out about two times a week
Here is my list of what is in my kitchen almost always. I’ve italicized the items that I buy weekly. I’ve *starred* my favorites 🙂 Everything else is as it runs out (because it takes me a while to go through some things)
And I left out things like spices, olive oil, vanilla extract, etc. (which are essentials). They’re expensive at times, but important and you’ll buy them sparingly anyway because they last a long time.
- Lemons and limes
- Carrots (baby or regular)
- Snap Peas*
- Broccoli or Cauliflower
- Tomatoes (either grape or regular)
- Variation of bell peppers*
- Sweet potatoes*
- Spaghetti squash, butternut squash, acorn squash*
- Big tubs or bags of mixed greens- I really dig arugula and spinach.
I also buy seasonal vegetables and fruits to switch up my list or get adventurous if there is a sale at the grocery store.
- All animal protein (some of my favorites are: wild caught salmon, ground beef, and chicken thighs)*
General Fridge Items
- Unsweetened Almond Milk*
- Coconut Water
- Cold Brew Coffee*
- Dijon mustard (any/all varieties)*
- 100% fruit jams/jellies/preserves*
- Unsweetened apple sauce
- Grass-fed yogurt or sheep’s milk yogurt
- Frozen seafood
- Frozen vegetables (peas are my favorite frozen veggie!)
- Frozen berries and other fruits (frozen blueberries often save my life)
- Luna and Larry’s Coconut Milk Ice Cream or Jeni’s Ice Cream (made with milk from grass-fed cows)
I try and stock up on frozen vegetables, fruits, and meats when they’re on sale
On the Shelves
- Full fat and light coconut milk
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Coconut Oil
- Canned beets
- Canned pumpkin
- Canned tuna
- Canned tomato sauce on the lower calorie side
- Canned whole tomatoes or crushed tomatoes
- Nut butters: sunflower seed butter, almond butter, coconut butter, etc.
- Coconut aminos
- Cholula hot sauce
- Nut varieties- my favorite are pistachios!
- Dried fruit varities- I love raisins, prunes, and cranberries
- Dark chocolate chips
- Unsweetened coconut
- Coconut flakes
- Chia seeds
- Real Maple Syrup
- Plantain Chips (from Trader Joes!)
I also like to pick 2-3 new recipes that I find a week so this list varies based on those (BUT I plan them so I don’t have to buy too many weird ingredients- and I NEVER make something that requires ingredients that I would never use again or would go to waste in some way).
You may also enjoy two grocery shopping posts I’ve written: