As a registered dietician (RD), more and more I find that people enjoy learning about what’s on my grocery list. Since my husband and I eat at home most of the time, our meal plan is dependent on what we get at the grocery store. Let’s take a look at some of my grocery staples, shall we?
In an average month, I’d say we buy groceries 3-4 times. We usually shop during the weekend; it’s usually a variety of Costco and a local grocery store, heck, sometimes both!
The Costco Grocery List
Now, let’s discuss food options for the optimal grocery list. We eat a lot fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other nutritious foods! Most of the time we can get the best bang for our buck at Costco.
Spring Mix Lettuce
Wild Caught Cod
Plain greek yogurt
Costco is an effective place to shop, buy in bulk, and save money. I recommend that you compare prices between your favorite stores because there’s always a best deal to be found.
Regular Grocery Store List
We usually buy our other groceries from Meijer or Kroger. Here are some things we buy:
Frozen Wild-caught Cod
Kashi Heart 2 Heart Cinnamon cereal
Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
Soba Noodles (no salt added)
50% less sugar dried cranberries
I buy dried beans and legumes instead of canned because they’re lowest in sodium and they are easy to make during the week. But no-salt-added canned versions can be a good option, as well.
100% Whole Wheat Bread
100% Whole Wheat Tortillas
Shredded Mexican cheese
Havarti sliced cheese
Brummel & Brown Yogurt spread
Low-fat cottage cheese
A great option for bread and tortillas are those with 100% whole wheat and a low amount of sodium. My favorite tortillas are 250mg per tortilla but some brands even have up to 600mg for the same eight-inch size!
Additional Grocery List Items
A few things I usually buy but didn’t buy this weekend:
Garden of Eatin’ Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
Canned no-salt added chickpeas
Generally, we spend about $100/week on food. We eat out about 1 meal per week. We also make sure to plan our week accordingly. Make sure to maximize the value of your food by not overeating or throwing away extras, this will help you avoid a premature trip back to the store. Also, keep track of things you run out of so you can find and buy them when they’re on sale!
Let’s discuss: What’s on your grocery list?
Lindsay is Registered Dietitian and writes about food and fitness at The Lean Green Bean. She shares healthy recipes, fun workouts, and snapshots of her life. She lives with her husband in Ohio and enjoys traveling and spending time outside with her dogs. You can connect with Lindsay on Twitter: @leangrnbeanblog.
Image credit: Emily Carlin