I recently received a request from the lovely Karen Skogland to do a grocery shopping post.

I’m not sure if I’ve written before about how much I love grocery shopping, but it’s one of my favorite day-to-day things. My hairdresser and I were laughing recently about how we kind of hate clothes shopping—we like to just go in and get out with what we came for ASAP—but love shopping for food. It doesn’t even feel like a chore! I love the whole experience of looking around, selecting the perfect produce, gathering together the components for a meal…it also satisfies the workaholic side of me that loves crossing items off a list.

Generally, I try to stick to the basics,  I usually allow myself one impulse buy per shopping trip. I find that budgeting for that keeps my finances in check without making me feel deprived or bored.

groceriesIn general, I keep a well-stocked pantry, so my weekly shopping list is not quite this long. Here’s what I would buy if I were moving—or returning from a long trip and had basically nothing left in the fridge or cabinets. This is not intended to be an Eat Like Me list, but more a glimpse into what one nutritionist keeps in her kitchen.

Fruits & Vegetables

  • Lemons-1 bag
  • Greens-kale, spinach, mesculn, etc
  • Bananas
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli/Cauliflower
  • Peppers
  • Seasonal veggies such as brussels sprouts, asparagus, squash, fiddleheads, asparagus, etc.
  • Seasonal fruit such as plums, berries, fresh figs, cranberries, tomatoes, avocado, etc
  • Impulse buys like fancy mushrooms, purple potatoes, etc
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Carrots & celery (for soup)
  • Canned tomatoes


  • Egg whites-1 carton, or
  • Eggs-1/2 dozen
  • Chickpeas (canned or dried)
  • 1 bag lentils/red lentils
  • Peanut butter
  • Tempeh or extra-firm tofu
  • Organic boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Fish-fresh or frozen
  • Dry-roasted edamame


  • Greek yogurt, plain, non-fat-1 32-oz carton
  • Pecorino or parmesan cheese
  • Goat cheese
  • Non-fat ricotta


  • Old-Fashioned/Rolled Oats
  • Ezekiel bread
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Quinoa
  • Whole grain cereal

Fats & Oils

  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Tahini


  • Balsamic vinegar
  • White vinegar
  • Hummus
  • White miso paste
  • Green tea
  • Coffee
  • Chia Seeds
  • Ground Flax
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Dark chocolate
  • Spices: salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, turmeric, cumin, paprika, basil, rosemary, oregano, etc

What’s on your grocery list? 

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