Welcome to the very first What’s In My Grocery Cart? !!! I’m so glad you’re all here with me!
So I gave you a bit of an overview of Plant Based and why I eat what I eat yesterday in THIS post.
Today I will be sharing what was in my grocery cart, the total of my grocery bill, a breakdown of how much I spend per person per day on food, what you can expect when shopping healthy + more! So let’s get started!
First thing I want to say is this. Your grocery bill will go up. This way of shopping is not cheap, but it beats eating the processed junk out there. Frozen lasagna, cheetos, High Fructose Corn Syrup is in so many things! You’d be surprised.
Grocery shopping will take you longer! You need to be a ninja when it comes to reading labels. But after a few times, you’ll start knowing what you need and it becomes easier and faster.
Before everything let me show you how I break down my grocery shopping. Because you may think $400 a month or $1000 a month in groceries is expensive, but in my honest opinion, if you shop mostly organic, buy VERY minimally processed snacks (as I show below), you support local at your farmer’s market, etc., then shopping for a family of 4 (or more) should not cost you less than $600 a month unless you’re growing your own fruits and veggies. My husband will tell you that our food shopping bills have increased 3 fold since I changed the way we eat. And I’m ok with that. Because I would rather spend more money on healthy food for me and my family than buy clothes or shoes or stuff I don’t need. We all need food, why do we all decide everything else is more important?
Anyway… here is how I broke it down for everyone on Instagram the other day…
Not that bad. And my family is getting very well balanced meals for that price. And I’m buying the higher end products because they’re healthier, have no pesticides and the ingredients lists are short and my 5 year old can pronounce them.
Here’s a random example for a family slightly (until January :D) bigger than mine. Let’s say you have a family of 5 and your grocery bill is $300 a month.
The cost of weekly groceries is $69.77
That means per person per day that’s $1.99
For 4 people in a family that’d be $2.49 per person per day.
Each week I’ll be going grocery shopping. And I try to go Farmer’s Market shopping as well. I love supporting local! So each week I’ll be showing you what is in my grocery cart and if I go to the Farmer’s Market, what’s in my canvas bags. ;) I literally take pictures as I go. People seem not to notice… if they do, I don’t care or notice. haha. Let’s see what’s in my grocery cart this week. (Stephanie will join us next week. Her computer ate her pictures.)
This is where I shop most of the time…
Let’s talk grocery store rules real quick… here are a few from Food Rules by Michael Pollan (excellent little guide, I highly recommend it):
Now let’s talk eggs real quick. I buy Organic eggs from chickens that are vegetarian fed and that are free range. Free range doesn’t always mean what it says that. So be careful, because labels can mislead you. The eggs I buy actually tell you all about the farm on the inside of the carton and they provide a website where you can see photographs of the farm where they raise their chickens.
Grass fed beef doesn’t always mean the cows are completely grass fed either. A lot of times cows are fed grass until 3 months before their slaughter date. The last 3 months of their existence they’re only fed corn. And the same goes for cows that goes for chickens when it comes to “free range”. All these farms have to do is leave a door open for the animals to have access to a grass field.
OK. Here is everything I got at Sprouts. My total bill was $203.
Here’s some closer pictures… most of the snacks are for my kids. The Barbara’s cereal is for my kids as well… these cereals have sugar in them. But they have REAL sugar, not HFCS or other fake sugars. My kids eat cereal a couple times a week because we have other healthier options. But my kids are like their mom, they love cereal. So they have healthier options than Trix, Cocoa Puffs, etc.
My girls LOVE Wallaby organic yogurt, and I love that their yogurt is not only delicious, but it’s good for them.
When I buy pasta, it’s WHOLE wheat pasta only. The first ingredient needs to say WHOLE wheat or I won’t buy it.
I never add sugar to anything that I eat. If it needs to be sweetened, I use honey or agave nectar only!
My husband love rice milk, I prefer almond milk.
You can see my cereals in the picture below.. Uncle Sam and Toasted Wheat-Fuls. Those have 0 sugar. Just cut up some bananas and/or other fruit and your fruit is now sweetened naturally and healthily. :)
Beans. I buy a lot of beans! Because I generally do not eat meat, beans are an excellent substitute as is quinoa.
I do have some tofu in here. I don’t eat a lot of soy though. New research shows that soy may cause breast cancer in woman. Not willing to take the chance!
I do eat some cheese. But not much. And I just tasted some mozzarella cheese I cut up for my girls today and it tasted gross to me. It could be because I’m pregnant, or it could be because I seriously rarely ever eat cheese. My girls loved it though. :) (this biggest white block in the front is tofu)
Frozen veggies I buy are normally organic unless I can’t find them in organic.
Pictured below is shredded unsweetened coconut.
Organic milk… for my kids.
Bolthouse juice. SO delicious!!
I love this organic pasta sauce by Organicville. Yum!
More beans, and some nutritional yeast, which tastes like cheese and is not only good for you but delicious. :)
And Gingerberry Synergy Kambutcha. SO GOOD! :) I’d love to have one now, but I’m unsure if I can drink it while pregnant. I have to find this out!
I didn’t tell you everything that I bought, but if you look close enough you can see everything. If you’re wondering what anything is, just ask. :)
You may have also noticed that there really weren’t that many veggies or fruits on my counter. True. After I went to Sprouts and put all these groceries away, I went to the Superstition Farm Farmer’s Market to get the fruits and veggies I needed for the recipes I was making. I love Superstition Farm. I’ve expressed my love for them here before. :)
So anyway. I got the rest of the fruits and veggies that I needed there. But I want to feature Superstition Farm separately, so I’ll save those pictures for Monday.
I love fruit from the farmers market! I love fruit from anywhere (organic please)! And if you think that you shouldn’t be eating a lot of fruit due to blood sugar or whatever, because you think that fruit makes your blood sugar rapidly rise… that’s a myth. See HERE and HERE . I also talked to my doctor about this because I know that when pregnant some woman can develop blood sugar problems. She told me fruit does not contribute to a spike in blood sugar. It all depends on how much fat is in your diet. Fruit is a natural form of sugar and very good for us, and she encouraged me to eat plenty while pregnant. But eating high fat meats, pie, donuts, etc. can cause unhealthy blood sugar problems in pregnant woman and any other person and it’s all just plain bad for anyone.
Eating a plant based diet as I do, I get all of the nutrients, protein, etc I need. And eating a plant based diet provides my body with more fiber in one day than most people get in a week. ;D
There is no harmful sugars and snacks in my cart. There is 60% veggies and fruits in my house. And all of those are eaten weekly.
Did you know the average american eats over 50% processed foods and only 5% fruits/veggies? This is why America is unhealthy. We need to get off the Western Diet and start getting healthy!
I know this is a lot to take in. I know the feeling of guilt, the feeling of resistance, the feeling of denial when it comes to food and how bad/good it is. I’ve been there. But aren’t you tired of yo-yo dieting? Aren’t you tired of that stupid scale? Well stop! Because I promise you this way of eating is awesome, and it’s even more awesome for your body! Get healthy with me, would ya?
For me it’s not about weight loss. It’s about getting my body as healthy as I can. Maximum health. That’s why I researched, and watched documentaries and asked my doctor and read books and countless articles. I don’t believe everything I read, but I believe in asking questions about what I read and trying to confirm what I’m reading as best as I can.
I’m actually planning on seeing a nutritionist soon, because there are some things I want to eat/drink (like Kambutcha) and I’m not sure if I’m allowed to while pregnant. That will give me even more knowledge! Lately I am loving food knowledge!
Recipes are coming! In fact, I’ll be posting one tomorrow! Plant Based Lasagna! Yummm!
If you have questions please comment or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org (please keep it civil)