Do you ever wander aimlessly around the grocery store wondering what to buy? Or get bored with your meals? Or overcommit yourself to cooking all week and then end up not doing it at all?
Today I want to share with you tips to make your grocery shopping the last thing you have to worry about and, more importantly, how to make it work for you. It doesn’t matter what foods, meals, or lists work for someone else if you can’t implement it into your life. I will share my method and then break it down for YOU.
For me personally I don’t try to plan every single meal of the week. I usually end of buying too many ingredients, use some for different meals, and end up feeling overwhelmed and only getting to one or do.
Instead each week I pick 1-2 new meals to try (if I feel like it), with minimal ingredients, and than focus mainly on my staples. My meals and food staples being foods I enjoy, that make me feel good physically and emotionally, aka, no guilt.
When I think about planning my meals in general I know almost all my meals will have a fat, protein, and carb source and I will try to include a vegetable of some sort. (This resulted in years of coming home and trying to eat only meat and vegetables, only to end up ravenous and snack all night. I know I need carbs at dinner).
I then try to choose snacks that I know keep me satisfied and that are not easy to overeat. Popcorn, crackers, pretzels, and sometimes even nuts can be easy to overeat and don’t really fill me up or give me any nutrients so I tend to skip those. I know that protein bars, yogurt, fruits, proportioned packages of nuts, and sometimes little snack packs of veggies and hummus or fruit and cheese will automatically make the list.
This is how I break it down besides my 1-2 new meals I want to try. These are my staples and I look for them also every week.
Ground turkey, beef, or bison.
Chicken breast or rotisserie chicken.
Eggs, egg whites, yogurt, cottage cheese.
Sweet potatoes or potatoes. Sweet potato fries.
Rice or quinoa.
Ezekiel bread or Dave’s Killer Bread.
Peanut butter or almond butter.
Different kinds of cheese (feta, parmesan).
Olive oil when needed.
Veggies and fruit I like
Zucchini and squash.
Berries, bananas, pears, apples, peaches when in season.
Other things that make it into my cart.
Single serving of chocolate milk.
Marinara sauce and pasta.
Grocery shopping becomes very easy and simple when you have your staples and then you can experiment with a new recipe here or there. The more simple the plan, the better I can stick to it.
I can then spice up my meals. For example.
Add avocado to my turkey burger.
Add greek yogurt, chives and diced bacon to my baked sweet potato.
Make some pasta and meat sauce with a sprinkle of cheese.
How to make this work for you.
Plan your 1-2 new meals that you want to try each week (if you do).
List all the ingredients.
List your favorite protein, carb, and fat sources so you have a variety of foods you enjoy that you can pair together.
List your favorite snacks that make you feel good, physically and emotionally.
In the beginning this does take a little extra work but once you start to implement it into your life you wont even have to think about it. That is a habit and once you get a good habit to stick (one after the other) you are on the path to success.
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