Monday, July 25, 2016

Clean Eating at the Club

A lot of people are surprised to hear that I do justaboutall my shopping at the whole sale club (and yes, I usually buy my fruit pre-cut, I'm THAT lazy).  In fact this summer I have not stepped foot in the grocery store!  I have said MORE THAN ONCE (to my husband lol) that if it doesn't come from BJs, Amazon Prime or Beachbody... we're probably not getting it.

The purpose of this post is to share with you how I shop for my clean eating haul and to show you that you can actually save by shopping the whole sale club once a week, as opposed to the grocery store.

So here are my staples.  Some I buy once a week, twice a month or less.  I use these foods to make my lunch every day, but some also do double duty as general pantry staples and for dinners.  I do buy cuts of meat, snacks my kids and husband love, etc. but these are the basics.  When I am shopping the basic rule is the less ingredients on the label the better.

  • Eggs
  • Tomatoes (lots of tomatoes) $4.99 and $5.99
  • Cucumbers $2.59 for 3
  • Lettuces (I usually buy two types to mix it up a bit) $2.79 each clamshell
  • Celery $3.99
  • All natural peanut butter
  • Fruit (I buy 2-3 kinds per week (and always apples), that way it doesn't go to waste) $3.79 (strawberries) and $1.69 (organic bananas)
  • Fresh veggies for dinner sides $5.79
  • Lemons
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Red onion
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Coconut milk (I've made the switch from skim this summer) $2.79

So out of the list above, this week I did not need to purchase the PB, eggs, lemons, vinegar or yogurt (I already have them from a previous shopping trip. Everything else totaled less than $35 (ETA the prices).  Thats less than $5 a day to eat clean and healthy for at least one meal a day, and that's a hypothetical where I eat all the food and don't share it with my family!  TBH I spent more on shoes, clothes and water guns than I did on food this week lol.

These are the foods I keep on hand for dinners, etc.  They're always stocked, and I actually didn't need to buy any of them this week!

  • Ground turkey
  • Sliced cheddar cheese
  • Turkey burgers
  • Frozen chicken breast
  • Frozen onions and peppers
  • Frozen, pre cooked chicken breast strips
  • Uncooked frozen shrimp
  • Organic skim milk ( the boys drink it) 
  • Organic whole milk (for the baby)
  • Kalamata olives
  • Steel cut oats (I get these through subscribe and save)
  • Feta cheese and/or blue cheese crumbles

OF COURSE I also have the food my boys love, such as chicken dinosaurs and frozen waffles, but if you are looking to healthily your diet or that of your family, I hope that these lists help!  Please post your questions or comments below!

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