Happy Monday! How’s your week starting off? Seeing as we’re almost halfway through January and into that part of the New Year’s Resolution process where things start getting real, I thought it would be a good time to check in about the “how” of those resolutions. I’ve had a lot of questions from clients about what to buy at the grocery store. This is a great time of year to stock your pantry with staples that will make meal prep manageable even on hectic weeknights.
If it’s been a while since you’ve taken inventory of what’s in your pantry, take an afternoon to pull everything out and put it back in, tossing anything past its Use By date or that you know you’re not going to get around to using. Now it’s time to go shopping!
This list may seem long, but think of it as a one-time big shop—what you would buy if you were moving or returning from a long trip and had basically nothing left in the fridge or cabinets.
Cheers to a healthy—and tasty—2015!
Fruits & Vegetables
- Lemons-1 bag
- Greens-kale, spinach, mesculn, etc
- Seasonal veggies such as Brussels sprouts, squash, fiddleheads, asparagus, zucchini, etc.
- Seasonal fruit such as plums, berries, fresh figs, cranberries, tomatoes, etc
- Canned tomatoes
- Egg whites-1 carton
- Eggs-1 dozen
- Chickpeas (canned or dried)
- Split peas
- Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, etc) and/or seeds (sunflower, pumpkin)
- Peanut butter or other nut butter
- Tempeh or extra-firm tofu
- Organic boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
- Fish-fresh or frozen
- Plain yogurt, plain, non-fat or low-fat
- Pecorino or parmesan cheese
- Goat cheese
- Non-fat ricotta
- Milk of choice
- Old-Fashioned/Rolled Oats
- Whole wheat or sprouted-grain bread
- Whole wheat or brown rice pasta
- Whole grain cereal
Fats & Oils
- Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- White vinegar
- White miso paste
- Green tea
- Chia Seeds
- Ground Flax
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Honey and/or maple syrup
- Dark chocolate
- Spices: salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, turmeric, cumin, paprika, basil, rosemary, oregano, etc
What’s on your grocery list?