I think most people would agree that grocery shopping can be stressful and not enjoyable. Well not for this mumma, I have always liked going grocery shopping (I know weird huh!) Even more so now that I have studied health and nutrition. I really look forward to going to the farmers markets and shops to buy our food ready to cook healthy nourishing meals.
I also know that grocery shopping and cooking is one of the last things people want to do so this had me thinking, why not share with you my shopping tips and weekly buys. It may just be what you need to make that shop a little quicker and more affordable. So with out further ado let’s get to the nitty gritty.
If food shopping just isn’t your thing it could be for a few reasons:
- You actually just don’t like it
- You have kids (enough said)
- You never know what to cook/buy
- You work long hours
- You find it expensive
I totally understand all of these and luckily there are a few ways to kickstart and epic shopping haul.
- Plan your meals. Spend 15 minutes on Saturday night writing down what meals you would like to cook, then write down which ingredients you will need. This not only saves you money (no food wastage) but also time only having to goto the shops once instead of 2 or 3 times.
- Order online. If you dont have time or really don’t enjoy shopping plan your meals and do an online shop. This can all be done while sitting in your Pj’s snuggled up at home.
- Look what is on special. If we see things on special that we might not need just yet we buy it anyway. Saving a couple dollars here and there adds up in the long run.
- Buy in season. By basing your meals around what’s in season you will find your total will be alot cheaper and the food will be a lot fresher.
So what veggies and fruit are in season? Being Winter here in Australia we have so many delicious foods available. So our weekly shop normally consists of:
Fruit: Lemons, Kiwi fruit, Avocado, Bananas, Orange, Mandarin, Apples and grapes just to name a few.
Vegetables: Spinach/Kale, Capsicum, Pumpkin, Zucchini, Brocolli, Carrots, Sweet potato, Cauliflower, Celery, Beetroot and Mushrooms*
We try to get vegetable that will go in a varity of meals from bakes, soups, salads, curries and stews.
Another reason to buy seasonal is that mother nature is incredible and intentional. Fruit and vege are grown at certain times of the year for a reason. As the cooler months are here you will notcie a lot of food containing Vit C and A coming into season. This helps us fight off sickness and helps build a healthy immune system. Pretty amazing!! Think lot’s of red and orange colours for immune bosting vegetables.
We try to fill most of our bags up with wholefoods (nothing processed or in packages) So this is the majority of our shop.
However we obviously need other foods to create nourishing meals so our other weekly staples include:
Protein: Grass fed meat, Salmon/tuna, Organic Tofu, Free range eggs from the farmers, Organic canned legumes, you can find these in coles and woolies (try to not consume too many canned items due to the chemicals in the packaging and salt content)
Grains: Quiona, Brown rice, Buckwheat/Wholemeal pasta, GF rolled oates, Organic Oat Sourdough (I freeze this and use as needed so it doens’t go off) and rice noodles.
Healthy Fats: Coconut yoghurt, Nut butter (no added salt), Nuts and seeds, Coconut milk (canned and carton), Tahini and Olive and Coconut oil.
Other items: Frozen berries, Buckwheat crackers, Dates, Muesli bars (from the health food isle, always check the ingredients. The longer the list the faker the food), Tamari (GF soy sauce), Tahini, Vegan chocolate, Raw local honey, Herbs and spices and then our household items.
What I love about this is it means we avoid the whole middle 2 items containing the lollies, chips, soft drink ect so no temptation to grab and go. The health food isle has so many great snacking options for kids, a few of my favs are below. Grabbing these at the beginning of your shop means you are less likely to want to go down the chocolate isle.
I also like to do a little meal prepping to get us ready for the week. This helps when we are both super busy with work and Hux. I like to have something sweet like blissballs, cut up fruit or some homemade biscuits like these yummy choc chip cookies from my eBook and also some savoury food like cooked quinoa, roasted sweet potato, boiled eggs, frozen banana, granola, my paleo bread and chooped up veggie sticks. This means that I have heaps of healthy snacks on hand plus some throw together lunch options.
It only takes and hour out of my week to have so many great options available. Once you get into the habit it honestly doesn’t feel like a chore. Even by prepping one or two things will make your life even easier. I now add in prepping some food for Hux which is normally poaching fruit or steaming veggies ready for his little meals.
If time is something you lack then I encourgae you to look into slow cooker meals and cooking in bulk. This means it can be cooking while you are at work and you are able to freeze some meals ready for days your are late home or don’t feel like cooking.
I honestly could go on and wish I could film our typical grocery haul (maybe one day soon) so you can see exactly how we navigate our way around the shops. This week I am going to try and show you what our meals are and how I prep especially now that I have a baby.
I hope this has helped or even inspired you a little for your next grocery shop. Keep an eye on my instagram this week to see what we are eating. Happy shopping!