Getting Back On Track: My Grocery List Guide

Hello everyone & welcome back to my blog!

As you may have noticed I haven’t posted in a couple weeks. That is because I was traveling and eating my way through, Greece, the Amalfi Coast and Spain (travel blogs coming soon!)

Needless to say, I have not been eating well the last couple of weeks as I enjoyed all the yummy foods traveling had to offer. And while it was fun, I definitely returned home a couple days ago feeling sluggish, not my best, and super excited to get back to a regular, more healthy lifestyle of eating.

Yesterday my mom &  I went to a couple of grocery stores and basically started over on everything in our refrigerator and pantry, as we left the house mostly empty of food before leaving town. So I came up with a list to share with y’all of all my kitchen or diet staples & basics as well as a few tips on how I shop for a healthy lifestyle! Of course I am not a Registered Dietician or expert in this area, but like everything on my blog this is just what I have found to work and be true for me!

For starters I try and stick to the 2 P’s for the bulk of my food: Produce and Protein

Tip: The easiest way to stick to the 2 P’s and shop Paleo or clean is by sticking mainly to the outer aisles of the grocery store for your shopping, this is where the whole, fresh foods are.

VEGGIES:

I always keep tons of greens in the house for nutrient bowls, salads and smoothies. I also like to have a variety of other veggies to cook up or eat raw as sides.

Tip: For fruits & veggies, if it has a peeling you are going to take off (ex. Banana, Avocado, Orange) then don’t spend extra on organic as it won’t make as of big a difference. If you eat the peeling or whole thing, go organic.

  • Romain Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Avocado
  • Bell Peppers (great crunchy snack*)
  • Onions/Shallots
  • Mushrooms
  • Sweet Potato
  • Zucchini
  • Asparagus

FRUIT:

Nature’s candy! I love fruit as a mid day treat, in smoothies and especially frozen. Grabbing a piece of fruit when you are craving sugar can really help put a sweet tooth to rest, but keep in mind that fruit does still have a lot of sugar & carbs even if it is natural,  so like everything, eat in moderation.

Tip: Always check to buy fruits as they are in season for better taste & price – mix it up! 

  • Mangos (Frozen & Fresh)
  • Tangelos
  • Bananas (Buy Fresh & freeze myself)
  • Berries (Frozen & Fresh)
  • Figs
  • Currently in Summer – Watermelon

PROTEIN:

Getting enough protein into your diet is SO important! I love to get my daily protein from a mix of things including shakes, greens and nuts, but here I am just focusing on animal protein.

Tip: When buying meat it is important to spend a little more & buy quality, I focus on always buying organic and humanly raised animals. I’ll list specifically what I look for when buying next to each meat. Pay attention to where what you put in your body comes from! It matters!

  • Chicken Breast and Thigh (Free range)
  • Salmon (Wild Caught)
  • Tuna (Canned “light” meat, packed in water not oil)
  • Beef Steak (Grass fed Organic)
  • Eggs (Large, cage free, vegetarian fed)
  • Turkey Bacon
  • Frozen Jumbo Shrimp
  • Trader Joe’s Frozen Turkey Burgers

 

SEASONINGS/OILS:

Here’s the fun part! When your diet is based heavily off of vegetables and meats people can a lot of times think that = plain, tasteless food. But it doesn’t have to! Learning how to season your food well is a game changer. Here are things I love using.

  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Cumin
  • Onion Powder
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Lemons & Limes
  • Fresh Rosemary, Thyme
  • Whole Grain/ Dijon Mustard
  • Paleo Ranch Dressing (linked in my Dairy Free blog)
  • Tahini (great to use in homemade salad dressings*)
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Ghee
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil

NUTS, SEEDS & SUPERFOODS:

Tip: Sprinkle these into salads & smoothies for extra nutrients & deliciousness.

Every day I try and incorporate at least a couple of these foods into my meals. I love to fill up a mason jar of homemade “Fruit and Nut trail mix” every week and store it in my pantry to snack on. My current favorite combo is almonds, goji berries, coconut flakes & dried cherries.

  • Walnuts
  • Almonds (unsalted)
  • Almond Butter/ Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter
  • Hemp Hearts
  • Chia Seeds
  • Goji Berries
  • Dried Cherries
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Flax Seed
  • Acai Powder
  • Organic Pea Protein Powder, currently i am loving a vanilla Pea option I got at Trader Joe’s but I switch around in plant based proteins.

 

OTHER SNACKS/ RANDOM THINGS:

These items fit in no category, they’re just random things I like to eat and have at the house all the time.

  • Protein Bars ( I eat Aloha bars, Square Organics bars, Rise bars and Luna bars)
  • No sugar added Apple sauce ( I like to freeze these & eat them in place of ice cream)
  • Capers
  • Greek Yogurt (I try and be dairy free usually, but occasionally I like to eat these in the A.M. if my body is craving it!)
  • Sauerkraut
  • Mary’s Gone original crackers
  • Almond Milk
  • Kombucha, a couple bottles
  • Salsa
  • Quinoa (occasionally eat to bulk up bowls/ salads/ stews)
  • Dave’s Bread  (sometimes I love a good slice of Avocado toast!.. again listen to your body)

I hope you guys got some inspo. for your own healthy grocery lists! Share with me below if you have any healthy favorites that you love!

I get most of my groceries at Trader Joes, Whole Foods or Target*

XO,

Eleanor

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