Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tip For Tuesday: Preparing a Grocery List

Today's tip comes after many emails over the past couple of weeks from people that are struggling with getting started with clean eating. I know it can be a little overwhelming to begin with, and I think the best way to start out is by preparing a grocery list that will set you up for success. Once you can rid your kitchen of all the unclean items, you'll want to figure out what it is you'll need to make each of 6 meals for the next week (or however often you go to the grocery store). I have a generic list under the grocery list tab at the top of the blog, but I thought I would share my list from last week and show you how I break things down so that it's easy and not overwhelming in the slightest.


- First I write down what meals I plan to make for the week. I usually flip through magazines, pull up my recipe tab, or filter through Facebook for inspiration. 
- Once I have my meals, I figure out what meat and how much I will need for each meal. This week we bought 2 packages of chicken (the large ones), 1 pound of round steak, 3 lean ground turkey, and shaved low sodium turkey breast from the deli for B. 
- Then, I dive into produce and write down what I need for the meals for the week as well as fruits for breakfast and shakes, my veggies for my eggs, and anything I want to have on the side. 
- Lastly I make an "other" category where staple items like eggs, oats, and almonds go. You'll also see the more random ingredients there, like Tamari (gluten free soy sauce) and red chili paste. These are items I needed for a new recipe-- Beef and Broccoli, which by the way is TO DIE FOR and I will post it on Thursday. 

That's it! It's pretty easy, and having this list makes the grocery store easy to navigate. I then take this list and put it on the fridge or keep it in my planner so that I can see my options for the week. I hope you'll give this method a try and let me know how it goes! 

11 comments:

  1. Hi there! I was recently directed to your FB page through one of Jamie Eason's posts and am really enjoying your blog. I went to click on the "grocery list" tab and it doesn't seem to be working. It would be great to see what kinds of food you regularly stock, since the hardest part of "eating clean" for me is figuring out what to get at the grocery store! Otherwise, great site and great advice! Thanks!

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    1. Hi! Sorry, I can't replicate the problem you're having, seems to be working fine for me.

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  2. I also tried the grocery list tab and it is not working but the other tabs are :(

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  3. I cant get the grocery tab to work either :(

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  4. I do the same thing. It an awesome way to stay focused, organized and on budget. :)

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  5. If you hover over the "G" in "Grocery" the tab works, otherwise the word doesn't highlight and the link isn't available on the rest of the word for some reason.

    Love your blog! I was curious, do you ever slip up and eat something "un-clean?" If so, are there certain cheater snacks/meals that aren't devastating to your system like a Red Robin hamburger would be?

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    1. Fixed it!

      I only stray from clean eating if I'm on vacation or maybe holidays... and even then I'm usually pretty good. I may steal a french fry from a friends plate, or have one bite of chocolate every now and then, but I find that staying as close to 100% clean as possible works best for me. Obviously some foods are going to have a bigger impact, but in general I suggest clean cheats, like clean eating cookies, brownies, etc. They may not be on your meal plan or fit into your macros, but at least they still are made with clean ingredients.

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  6. Hey Brittany! I’m a first year college student and I was wondering if you could give any advice on staying fully committed to a healthy lifestyle. I eat healthy and workout for long periods of time but I have short spurts of bad eating, I want to eliminate these and stay healthy all the time. Any advice would be great, thanks!

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  7. I used this method over the weekend when I got groceries. It really helped! I wasn't going back and forth through the store like I usually do! ;)

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  8. I just realised I missed about a week of posts from you! I have no idea what I was doing to miss them all lol, but thanks so much for this. You make it seem much less daunting :D I was just wondering, I can see at the top of your list, you have 'No Butter Chicken' as a meal, but can't find a recipe for it. I heart butter chicken so would love it if you could post a clean version.. Also, do you only buy vanilla protein powder and use things like extracts and unsweetened cocoa powder to give your recipes different flavours, or do you buy chocolate/chocolate peanut butter/strawberry flavoured protein powders as well? I want to really streamline my kitchen so just buying vanilla powder will take up less room and also be cheaper for me as well.. Thanks :)

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    1. No recipe for no butter chicken... wasn't thrilled with the way it came out. I do only buy the vanilla it's all I really need! LIke you said, I add cocoa when I want chocolate flavor etc.

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