Look at all these wonderfully delicious veggies and whole foods I got at the store! In this post, Ill go over our grocery list and the meals we prepped for the week. Our meal prep only took us about 3 hours. This week we strayed just a bit from being completely whole foods. I did get some bagels from the store, and some dark chocolate chips to add to oats, as well as some dark chocolate peanut clusters cause we like to get a little wild sometimes. A quick reading of the ingredients list at the store is all it takes to make sure there isn’t any dairy or eggs in the bagels and chocolate.
- 3 bundles of bananas
- 4 lbs of tomatoes (they were on sale, 77 cents a lb woohoo!)
- 7 green apples
- 5 bell peppers
- 1 bundle of spinach
- 2 onions
- 3 avocados (not on sale or else I would have gotten more)
- 1 lemon & 1 lime
- 2 russet potatoes, 1 sweet potato
- a big bag of carrots
- 1 cantaloupe melon
- 1 pineapple
- 2 bags of frozen berries
- 6 assorted bagels
- 1 loaf healthy bread (Anthony is still working on perfecting his bread skills :P)
- 4 serrano peppers &1 habanero
- dark chocolate peanut clusters from the bulk section
Stuff we used that we already had in the pantry:
- black beans
- garbanzo beans
- brown rice
- frozen corn
- almond milk
- hemp hearts
- berry jam
- peanut butter
I like eating almost completely whole foods. Eating the occasional slightly processed food like bagels or chocolate chips makes it easier for me to adhere to in the long term.
I always bring my reusable bags to the grocery store, even the produce bags. I’ve been reusing that bag that the spinach is in for months. Oh, and taking the 10 minutes to rinse and dry the spinach myself is 40% cheaper than instead getting the already washed and ready to eat spinach (1 lb washed = $5 vs. 1 lb unwashed = $3). Even better than saving $2 per week on spinach, buying it this way does not include any plastic usage, HOORAY! The tomatoes and chocolates are also in reused bags. I get really excited when I find ways to reduce my plastic consumption.
The chocolate chips are just nice to have on hand. I like to add some on top of my oatmeal or mix some into baked goods.
This is what we made for meal prep this week:
Breakfast : Berry Bars (recipe).
Lunch: Bean and corn salad with homemade salsa (red onion, tomatoes, corn, black beans, garbanzos, bell pepper, cilantro topped with lemon juice, cumin and salt) green smoothie (spinach, bananas, hemp seeds, almond milk, water, blended), PB&J, fruit
Dinner: Crockpot stew made with potatoes, tomatoes, back beans, chickpeas, carrots, chipotle peppers, bell peppers, onion, spices and seasonings and bouillon. We ate the stew with brown rice, it was delicious and easy to make.
For snacks, we had our fruits, chocolates and bagels.
Just a few hours of prep and we had all our food made for 2 people for the whole week. Prepping our meals is way cheaper than eating out and it makes it so much easier to stay healthy.
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