My Grocery List Musts

It's no surprise that I genuinely look forward to grocery shopping. Actually, I like it more than regular clothing shopping (which is a serious statement.) I feel at home when I walk into a store with a plethora of food products, excited to try new things while being comforted by being fully in stock of my essentials.  I've been asked a few times what my grocery list looks like and what I have to keep in my pantry. So here it is, shared in a blog post, broken down by the three (yes, THREE) stores I visit on a weekly basis. It's the best way to stay full & healthy :-)

Whole Foods

Like any healthy living human in America, Whole Foods is the mecca of reliable and unique, high quality eating. But I'm a realist and to shop exclusively here would be ridiculous. It's expensive and while I value eating organic food, it's not an absolute must if it really hurts the bank this bad. I stock up on things I can't find elsewhere, especially unique flavors of products.

  • Tessemae's Sauces and dressings! The very best. High quality ingredients and so flavorful. My favorites are the buffalo sauce, cracked pepper dressing, and soy ginger dressing. To be fair, I've loved every single flavor I've tried.
  • Steve's Paleo Goods sauces. The Ginger Cilantro in particular can make any veggie taste like magic.
  • Baba ganoush (fresh). Surprisingly I can't find this at my other grocery stores and I genuinely need it :-P
  • Kombucha. I can find this at my other grocery stores but not with the insane variety of flavors. plus, the price at whole foods isn't any higher. Kevita, GT's Kombucha, and Healthade are my favorite brands
  • Energy bars I can't find elsewhere, specifically certain RXbar flavors and GoMacro thrive bars.
  • Bottled cold brews for a special little treat (Peloton, La Colombe especially!)
  • HopeFoods hummus- I can only find it at Whole Foods and I love it <3

Trader Joe's

Now we move on to where I go most frequently for the staples.  If you don't like Trader Joe's, you're delirious and need to try again.  The cost is wonderful, the products are excellent, and there's always fun new stuff to try! The only downfall is the quality of their fresh produce-- I've had trouble with things going bad very quickly so I try to buy most of it elsewhere, except for conveniently bagged stuff. But overall.. best grocery store!

  • Riced cauliflower (the convenience!)
  • shredded Brussels sprouts (again, the convenience!)
  • white bean hummus - so nutty. Such texture.
  • medium hot fresh salsa
  • fresh salmon
  • frozen fish (usually ahi tuna)
  • pre-made chicken if I'm into eating it that week (often times not so much)
  • organic eggs
  • coffee- Trader Joe's brand of some kind, not picky at all just don't give me decaf or I will throw it in your face
  • unsweetened almond milk
  • MIXED. NUT. BUTTER. Guys, if you haven't tried this yet, what are you doingggg?? The flavor is perfection and the texture is everything.
  • pickled vegetables
  • Rx bars
  • whole nuts- usually almonds, macedamias,  or pecans

Produce Junction

This is a regional store that exclusively sells fresh fruits, vegetables, and a few miscellaneous things like nuts and dried fruit. It's a cash-only wholesale set up and the prices are UNREAL.  You can check their website and it doesn't even make sense and you'd expect the produce to suck (the reason prices are so low is because it's the produce rejected by big grocery stores because it's misshapen or not "perfect") but it certainly doesn't. None of it is organic though, so if that's really important to you it's probably not your store.  Additionally the hours are pretty limiting and my schedule often makes me miss out on a weekly haul and I have to pick up the produce slack from Trader Joe's. Overall though- I'm so happy to have this place around!

  • Brussels Sprouts (whole sized)
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber
  • Bell Peppers
  • Onions
  • Avocados (so cheap. SO SO CHEAP)
  • Spinach
  • Parsnips
  • Mushrooms
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • a variety of seasonal and weird veggies that I try when they're around

So that's it! Obviously I don't have ALL of this stuff in my pantry and fridge at any given time, but it's what I'm working with throughout any given month.  Having the variety of fresh stuff plus wholesome food products keeps me satisfied taste-wise, full, and healthy.  While it's slightly time consuming to go to three different places, I GENUINELY enjoy it so it's more like a mental break than a chore.  At any given time I can make a simple meal or plate filled with just a mixture of this stuff and we're good to go.

Hope that helps and provides some ideas of where and what to get! <3

Love Always,

Shanny DO