Happy Thursday readers!!
As I was pondering what to write about for today’s Travel Tip Thursday post, I realized that I do not have many pictures for restaurants that I have eaten at recently, and, if I do have pictures of the food, I don’t have pictures of the menus. Soooooo, basically I didn’t have much to write about for today’s post, and so I thought why not just share my weekly shopping list? I mean, you have to travel to go to the store, right?!
Since my fiance and I live in Rhode Island, we choose to go to a local grocery chain called Dave’s. I like to think of Dave’s as a slightly cheaper version of Whole Foods, with less allergy friendly options than Whole Foods, but more options than your typical Shaw’s or Market Basket. Dave’s has more fresh produce options than the local Stop & Shop, and it also has a pretty great hot foods section, including homemade pizza, so it’s a great place to go if you need a quick meal on-the-go!
And now for the grand reveal! Jk, it’s not all that grand, I just like the dramatics of it all. :p
When my fiance and I create our shopping list for the week, we plan our meals ahead of time so that we can meal prep throughout the weekend to give us more time to relax throughout the week. For me, I focus on fitting in certain amounts of food groups based off of my eating plan (which I will speak more to in my next Sensitive Sunday post!), and my fiance focuses on mostly protein and vegetables for his keto diet plan. Additionally, I have to find foods that fit my food sensitivities, which is sometimes hard based on the options in the grocery store.
I know, I know, my shopping list is super interesting! But I promise it leads to some super delicious and healthy meals. My usual meal/eating schedule for the week based on this shopping list looks a little like this:
- 9-9:30am: Shake (Tone It Up vanilla protein, 1 cup spinach, 1tsp Dave’s fresh almond butter, 8oz almond milk, 4 ice cubs), 1/3 cup of rolled oats, and 1 cup of berries
- 11:30am-12:00pm: 1/2 cup salmon, 1/3 cup le sueur peas (spelled incorrectly on my list, lolz), 1 cup sliced cucumber, and 1/4 cup hummus
- 2-2:30pm: 1 container plain Silk almond milk yogurt (not on the list because it’s not always available), 1/2 cup berries, 10 baby carrots, and 1tsp peanut butter
- 4:30pm-5:00pm: 1 cup brussel sprouts, 1tsp non-dairy butter, 1/3 cup kelp noodles, 1/2 cup chicken meatballs, and 1/2 cup of red tomato sauce
As you can see, I do not buy a lot of processed foods, and most of our list is fresh produce and protein, or as fresh as we can get it. I like to allow myself to have little indulgences throughout the week, like yogurt and the le sueur peas, because I cannot have condiments or dressing and eating everything as-is is, frankly, super boring. Although the yogurt and peas have a little bit of added sugar in them, it not more than 4-6 grams per serving, and they have mostly* natural ingredients (the yogurt is a little iffy, but hey, that’s what you get with buying it dairy free!).
Our list does not vary largely from week to week. I would say that the only meal that changes regularly is the dinner meal for me, and sometimes I will sub in brown rice, lentils, or chickpeas in the place of some of my carbs throughout the day. And my fiance eats the same exact meals every week, so his meals never vary. He will always make keto muffins for breakfast, a keto greek salad for lunch, and he will make himself 2 burgers and a sausage for dinner.
Now, I know that not everyone likes talking money and pricing, but I do want to put it out there that buying foods that work with my food sensitivities do not come at a cheap price. Additionally, I choose to buy mostly produce and fresh protein, and my fiance and I make all of our meals throughout the week instead if eating out, which does help to balance the cost. There are certainly ways to buy for food allergies/sensitivities on a budget, but buying on a budget might also mean sacrificing some fresh foods. However, it’s definitely not impossible, and something I can work on for future posts.
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading about what’s on my shopping list. These foods help to power me through the week and keep my on track with my food sensitivities. Look out for my next post on Sunday!