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A Look Into My Grocery Bags

Happy Monday!

I have received many requests for a look at my grocery staples/a typical grocery trip. I hit up our new Whole Foods on Sunday morning for a pretty big restock so I thought it would be the perfect time to photograph what I purchased and share it with you. I actually really enjoy going to the grocery. Yesterday I grabbed a cup of coffee and spent a good hour shopping – I like to take my time. I always evaluate all of my options as far as what produce looks best, what meat is on special and compare different brands/prices/etc. You may want to check out a post that I wrote in the early days of the blog about how I meal plan and grocery shop for the week.

I do not do all of my shopping at one store. I typically do the farmers market on Saturday and then supplement that with groceries from Harris Teeter, Earth Fare, Trader Joe’s and now Whole Foods since ours just opened. I probably do one big Trader Joe’s trip per month to stock up on all the staples I like there but I can never do all of my shopping at that store. I make a weekly trip to Harris Teeter, Earth Fare or Whole Foods. Yesterday’s Whole Foods trip was a little more holistic than normal because I couldn’t make it to the farmers market Saturday and needed to restock on quite a few things.

Figs – beautiful and on sale! I will use these in yogurt/oatmeal and also with dinner. I think I’ll make chicken with a fig sauce.
Lacinto Kale – I always buy at least one dark leafy green. Usually rainbow chard, spinach or kale.
Bananas – weekly staple!
Balsamic vinegar
Yogi Green Tea Kombucha – love this during the afternoon at work
Frozen Chicken Apple Sausages – for breakfast, brunch, scrambles, etc.
Great Northern Beans – always keep a selection of beans in pantry
Pumpkin Cinnamon Dog Treats – Sullie needs snacks too!

Dates – for snacking and baking
Dried cranberries
Plain Greek yogurt – I prefer Fage but they were out
Nutritional yeast – in the brown bag from bulk
Taco seasoning – this was kind of an impulse buy…wanted an MSG-free version to have on hand
Eggplant – for a coconut green curry that I’ll make later this week
Dijon mustard – mainly for use in vinaigrettes
Green curry paste
Tofu – for the coconut curry
Local cage-free eggs
Wild caught Alaskan salmon
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
North Carolina peaches

So there you have it. I am going to stop by the farmers market tomorrow to pick up some tomatoes and probably a little more fruits and veggies but what you see above will easily get me through a week of good eating. Especially when supplemented by pantry staples and freezer items.

I was starving when I got home from Whole Foods so I got busy making brunch. I was in the mood for something more savory than sweet. I spotted a potato in the produce bowl on the counter and was inspired to make a hash of sorts.

I diced a yukon gold potato and sauteed it in a cast iron skillet with olive oil, salt and pepper until it was golden brown and tender. I served the potatoes with a sprinkle of cheese over a bed of sauteed spinach and added a perfect egg and a chicken apple sausage. It was a delicious brunch than held me through a very long day involving over four hours on the road and three hours in a hospital. Lots going on right now. Positive energy and thoughts are appreciated.

I arrived home around 8:45, stepped out of my street clothes and into running clothes, threw on a reflective vest, grabbed Sullie and knocked out three miles. It was a necessary relief for a day of sitting + stress relief. I ate a bowl of reheated pad thai for dinner and then passed out.

What are some of your staples? Let me know if you have any questions about meal planning and grocery shopping or about my staples. I will share a few more grocery trips so you can see how things vary.

Have a wonderful week!

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  • Audrey @ Healthy Auds N' Ends September 10, 2012, 2:09 pm

    Hoping for the best for you during this week, Jen! Remember that not every day is a good one, but there is always something good in every day 🙂

    • Jen September 11, 2012, 3:08 pm

      love that! 🙂

  • Taylor September 10, 2012, 2:25 pm

    Love Whole Foods and so happy we have one in CLT now! Have you tried the Kombucha Energy Shots? I take one in the morning now (in lieu of coffee) and have noticed a remarkable change in sustainable energy levels throughout the day. The shots are especially great before a morning run or workout! Hope everything goes OK for you this week.

    • Amy September 10, 2012, 4:13 pm

      Where do you get these energy shots? I’d love to give them a try.

      • Taylor September 10, 2012, 4:45 pm

        Whole Foods or Earth Fare. Check out the products and store locator here, as well as $1.00 coupon. I’ve printed up to 10 coupons and WF has accepted them. The shots are great; I was drinking too much coffee until I discovered them and has made a huge difference! http://www.celestialshots.com/kombucha-energy-shots

        • Amy September 11, 2012, 11:33 am

          Awesome! Thank you so much 🙂

        • Jen September 11, 2012, 3:01 pm

          thank you so much for sharing about this taylor!

  • elizabeth September 10, 2012, 2:52 pm

    Does that amount get you and your husband through the week, eating at home? Or does he cook for himself? I eat a ton of veges, luckily I get all of them from my garden this time of year, but my husband doesn’t like to eat all the veges I do, so I buy different foods for him.

    • Jen September 11, 2012, 3:07 pm

      nope…this is just for me!

  • Jessica @ Busy Living Healthy September 10, 2012, 3:23 pm

    I love Whole Foods, and I do most of my grocery shopping there or at Sprouts. I’m really sad there isn’t a Trader Joe’s near me because everyone seem to love it.

    • Jen September 11, 2012, 3:06 pm

      if i had to pick between trader joe’s or WF…i would def pick whole foods!

  • Virginia September 10, 2012, 3:49 pm

    Does your husband eat the same things that you eat or does he cook on his own? Can you please share that coconut curry recipe?!?! That sounds delish and I have an eggplant in the fridge! 🙂

  • Katie @ running4cupcakes September 10, 2012, 4:08 pm

    Nice post! And of course Sullie needs treats too.. . Abby always gets something too! One of my staples is a good jar of nut butter!

    • Jen September 11, 2012, 3:02 pm

      mine too! in several varieties…peanut, almond and sunflower usually!

  • Amy September 10, 2012, 4:12 pm

    Hope everything is okay 🙂

  • Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement September 10, 2012, 4:35 pm

    I also do my grocery shopping a couple times a week at different stores and the Farmer’s market. My staples are chicken breasts for dinner once a week, a type of lettuce for salads, yogurts, almond milk, coffee creamer, cheese, lemons and limes, and some sort of frozen protein source to use for my lunches.

  • Danielle @ clean food creative fitness September 10, 2012, 5:17 pm

    Your groceries look so similar to mine! I love shopping at Whole Foods!!!

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate September 10, 2012, 7:00 pm

    I basically do 100% of my shopping at Whole Foods or Central Market. The farmers market is so far for me to drive every week.

    • Jen September 11, 2012, 3:00 pm

      i thought about you while i was in the cheese section at whole foods. you need to send me a list of your faves.

      i loved going to central market when my parents lived in houston!

  • Pam September 11, 2012, 7:34 am

    Sadly my town doesn’t have a Whole Foods, Earth Fare or Harris Teeter so I shop Publix, Farmers Market on Friday’s and a local store called Efruds for my husbands meat choices. I always purchase lots of fruit and veggies, olive oil, yogurt, seeds for salads, and cheeses.
    I will be praying for whoever you love is in the hospital. Trusting that all will go well and healing is already happening.
    You inspire!

    • Jen September 11, 2012, 2:58 pm

      thank you so much pam!

      i grew up in a town with none of the fancy stores but i do love publix. you’re lucky to have that and a farmers market!

  • Liz Lovett September 11, 2012, 7:40 am

    Dear Jen

    I have never commented on your blog before, although I’m an avid reader – you are inspiring, and you have really helped to make exercise and healthy eating a part of my daily life. Seeing as you asked for positive thoughts I thought now would be a good time to comment – whatever happens know that you make a lot of people happy on a daily basis just by being yourself, and we love you whatever is going on in your life. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones.

    With best wishes,

    • Jen September 11, 2012, 2:58 pm

      hi liz – thank you so much for taking the time to comment and for reading my blog. i am happy to hear that you have made healthy eating and being active part of your lifestyle and i really appreciate the kind words and thoughts as i go through this tough time. xoxo

  • Liz September 11, 2012, 10:45 am

    Is it considered offensive/rude to a yoga teacher if you leave the class at the very end during the relaxing/laying still part? I always leave once that part starts before the class actually ends. Wonder if I am being rude.

    Any teating tips for the week before running a marathon?

    • Jen September 11, 2012, 2:50 pm

      hey liz – it isn’t rude if you are leaving because you have somewhere else to be but if you are going to leave – do it BEFORE shavasana starts…not while people are trying to relax and be still.

      if you leave because you don’t feel comfortable laying there…i would encourage you to try to make yourself get through it. it’s normal for it to feel weird at first but it’s such an important part of the practice!

      • Liz September 11, 2012, 3:27 pm

        Thank you very much for the insight! Appreciate it!

        Any advice on eating prior to a marathon? One month until the race 🙂

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