Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Clean Eating Grocery Guide

The biggest struggle with many people that are trying to lose weight or just trying to be healthier is the nutrition aspect. My biggest tip to those starting out is always: PLAN AHEAD. Slips ups typically come when there is simply nothing to eat in your home, so you end up either grabbing something quick (think chips, crackers etc.) or you pick up some fast food. If you can stock up with heathy foods and do a little bulk cooking you will be setting yourself up for success. 


What I do before heading to the grocery store is figure out what dinners I'm going to make that week. Then, I make sure I have the ingredients for those recipes and then also shop for breakfast and snack items. This week I decided these would be our dinners: 

- Turkey Tacos
- Jamaican Jerk Chicken
-Salsa Chicken 

From there I needed the following for each meal: 
Tacos: Turkey, corn tortillas, taco seasoning, lettuce, tomato and black beans 
Chicken Stir Fry: Chicken breasts, stir fry veggies (I just get the pre-cut ones, saves a ton of time), brown rice, cashews 
Lasagna: Brown rice lasagna noodles, turkey, marinara sauce, cottage cheese 
Jamaican Jerk: Chicken, cloves, green beans, quinoa 
Salsa Chicken: Chicken, Salsa, black beans 

Then additionally I usually get: 
Condiments: ketchup, cholula, sugar free syrup 
Breakfast items: eggs, chicken sausage, whole wheat english muffins (For B), 7 grain Ezekiel bread, Vans waffles, oats 
Other: Sweet potato chips, sugar free jelly, almond milk, lettuce mix, nitrate free turkey, cheese (for B), Greek Yogurt
Juicing/produce: Cucumbers, lemon, lime, pears, apples, bananas, spinach, ginger 

I also have my grocery list tab if you would like to see the items that I typically keep in the house! 

18 comments:

  1. That lasagna sounds good! Will you be posting the recipe or have I already missed it? Please send my way!! Thanks!

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  2. Thank you for another short and sweet but great post and Ill just say I LOVE seeing more posts from you :) This is where I learned everything about how to do exactly this. To this day, I take my meal plan (or idea in my head) and my list to the store, with my coupons, etc. and shop that way for my meal prep and for the week. It makes life easier and not to mention keeps our budget on track as well!

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    1. Thanks Rachel, I love being able to do it more!! :)

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    2. I bet! I admire you for standing up for what you want! We need more women out there who will do that! I am so happy for you! :) Cant wait to see what you will accomplish!

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  3. Love the surplus of posts! I posted about the same idea earlier today :)

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  4. My list is similar to yours. We always have a pack of frozen ground turkey, to make turkey tacos as a last resort for dinner at my house.

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  5. I'd love to come over for chicken stir fry night! :D

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  6. I love your post and I am truly inspired by your ability to take the plunge and follow your dream! I am working closer towards my dreams this year and hopefully be able to say I wake up and do what I love everyday :) This is exactly how I planned my meals over the weekend. So much easier to keep on track and take the guessing out of my evenings. I have a question about juicing since you mentioned it in this post. I am contimplating purchasing a juicer, but not really sure the benefits of juicing quite yet since it is so new to me. Do you juice once or day, add it to a meal, ....? Any tips would be appreciated. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for the kind words! :) As far as juicing I do it because 1. I love the way it tastes and 2. for the vitamins. You just need to be careful because when you juice you strip the fiber from the veggies and fruits which is going to cause an insulin response especially if you are doing a lot of fruit. So I just make sure to only use about 1/2 a piece of fruit usually pear or green apple and then the rest green veggies, lemon and lime.

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  7. i love seeing grocery lists! i usually start with them but then detour far from it haha

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  8. Hey girl is there a post for the Jamaican Jerk chicken? SOUNDS YUMMY!!!

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  9. Ah this is so very helpful :) Thanks girl

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  10. Love all your food posts…you do an amazing job meal planning! Half the battle is just getting prepared for the week- good for you!

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  11. Hi Brittany! I'm thrilled to be learning more from you every day- thank YOU for sharing! In regards to juicing- do you use it for a meal replacement or just a good dose of nutrients? I'm just concerned about throwing juices into my daily diet because of the sugars? I really appreciate your help.

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    1. Of course! I don't use it as a meal replacement I do it mostly because I love the way it tastes and for the vitamins. You can keep the sugars down by just using 1/2 an apple or pear and then the rest green veggies + lemon and lime. If it's not sweet enough you can always throw in a little stevia :)

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  12. After eating all kinds of bad food in the holidays, I plan to have some clean and healthy diets. Thanks for the tips and your chicken stir fry and lasagna look tasty!

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