Over the last month or two, I have gotten quite a few messages from people inquiring about what specific groceries I buy or the groceries I buy from each specific store. I was talking to my husband one night, and I mentioned that it seemed I was getting this same question quite frequently. It was during this conversation that the idea of filming a grocery haul video came to mind. I was thinking of sharing the video as a reference for those who were interested. So, after sharing that video, I got some follow up requests to share a list of what we buy at the grocery store and exactly where we buy our items. A lot of you felt a list would be more helpful! Below, you will find just that! I put together a list of the items typically included in our grocery haul. The list shown below is a master list of all the food we typically have in our house. However, we don't purchase every one of these items each week. A good amount of these items (such as the packaged foods) last us more than a week. We usually buy the produce, meat, and dairy products fresh each week. The picture included in this post was from my grocery haul this past week, and some of our staple items weren’t needed to be purchased during this trip. Below, I group the lists by store. You will see my Trader Joe's list first, followed by my Whole Foods list. Just because I purchase these items at these stores does not mean a similar item or the same item cannot be purchased at another grocery store. This is just where I choose to buy them! You will notice that a lot of our produce is organic. Organic produce is something I’m really passionate about (more to come on that later. I’m working on a post about why organic produce is important, the harmful effects of pesticides on the human body, and how to buy on a budget). Yes, organic food is more expensive. But, one of the many things I love about Trader Joe's (as mentioned below), is that you can purchase these organic products at a great price! I also want to mention that our groceries are by no means perfect. Yes, we still eat sugar, and yes, we still eat some packaged snacks. I care so much more about the ingredient label than I do the nutrition label. If the ingredient label doesn't contain chemicals, fillers, flavor enhancers, fake colors, etc., then I'm 100% ok with my family eating it. We strive for the 80/20 rule (80% clean, 20% real life). But as you'll see in this list, we love our snacks! And any time we can swap white sugar with a healthier option, we do!
We love Trader Joe's for many reasons. First of all, they have a wide variety of organic foods (including both fresh produce and packaged food) for a reasonable price. Secondly, TJ's does not use any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, artificial flavors, or GMO ingredients in any products with the Trader Joe's label. And lastly, they have really fun and interesting foods. TJ's has so many seasonal products, and it's really fun to try new pumpkin spreads and breads in the Fall or peppermint barks and cookies in the Winter!
Produce (I want to note that we buy a variety of fruits and vegetables. The vegetables change a little week to week depending on what recipes I am making that week for dinners. Below are our most commonly bought produce items. You can almost always find the below items at our house):
Meat, dairy, and refrigerated items:
Packaged Foods (these are all purchased every few trips as needed):
I love Whole Foods! They have a wide variety of specialty health foods and organic products. Because I have a baby with some food allergies and have to eat foods free from certain ingredients, Whole Foods has been so helpful. They have a large selection of dairy, soy, and gluten free products. I also love that they have clean vitamins and supplements available. The downfall to Whole Foods is that I personally feel they are more expensive than a typical grocery store. So, I only purchase a few specialty items here that I cannot find at another grocery store.
Extra item not purchased at either store-