Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Living with a Meat Eater: The First Grocery Trip

When changing your diet the first grocery trip is always the scariest. You're questioning yourself, second guessing, worried you're gonna mess it all up, and most of all clueless. I was no different! I wandered up and down the aisles like I had just entered Narnia. I had no idea where to begin or if I really wanted to.

So, I aborted that mission and hit the drawing board. I went over what I usually bought and cut the meat portion of the list in half then doubled everything else. I shopped according to the meals I was planning to make for the week to prevent my produce from spoiling before I got a chance to use it. I also tried to be very realistic about how often I planned to cook. I'm not against preprepared meals they're helpful in a bind and they are healthier, cheaper alternative than eating out. Being realistic also helped cut down on food waste and eventually saved money.

Below I am going to put a sample grocery list. I do want to say that I did not buy everything at once; a lot of the produce was bought the day before I would need it. Some items are what are essential to my family, but not to everyone else. This list should be used as a tool for your shopping trip and not your actual list.

Non-perishables:
Rice
Quinoa
Pasta
Canned beans
Vegetable stock
Pasta sauces

Frozen:
Stir-fry
Broccoli
Spinach (LOTS OF SPINACH)
Brussel sprouts
Fruit
Prepared meals

Produce:
Sweet potatoes
Onions
Bell peppers
Zucchini
Bok choy
Mushrooms
Collar greens
Cherry tomatoes
Kale
Basil
Lemons
Celery
Carrots
Apples

Dairy:
2% Cows milk
Almond milk (unsweetend)
Eggs
Mild cheddar

Snacks:
Pretzels
Popcorn
Hummus
Mixed nuts/seeds
Dried fruit

Meat (for my husband)
A pack of chicken breast
3 lbs of ground beef
Steak
Salmon


I hope this helps make the first grocery trip a little less daunting! Feel free to share your own grocery list in the comments below!

-Dahlia

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