I was asked by one of your fellow Happies to provide a list of things I buy on a weekly basis. You know, a shopping list of sorts.
So, off I trotted to the shops to buy my weekly fuel. Here’s what followed…
Every week, our fruit and vegetable purchases change depending on the season, what’s in abundance, and what looks fresh and fabulous, that said, there’s always about this much. Never less. Sometimes more.
When you eat majority wholefoods, the basis of your diet is fresh fruit and vegetables, beans and legumes, and a few whole grains like quinoa or millet to beef things up. So, grocery shopping is actually a very economical exercise – all this only cost $100. $100! That’s for 2 people for an entire week, averaging 16-18 meals each depending on how much we eat out.
OK, so here’s the list…
*A note before we get started: I bought the milk, peanut butter, berries, tomatoes, and sprouts from Coles and the rest from Harris Farm and our local organic grocer. I just bundled everything in there for simplicity sake. I would highly recommend buying your ‘fresh’ produce where it is most fresh and convenient for you. I always find the organic produce and the Harris Farm produce lasts much longer than the supermarket stuff. I’m sure the majority of you agree.
- Greens! As many as you can fit in your fridge. Think: Kale, Asian Greens, Watercress, Spinach, Rocket, Living Lettuce, and Silverbeet. All of which are in my collection today.
- Other Cruciferous Vege! Many greens such as Kale, Cress, and Asian Greens are actually cruciferous, but for argument’s sake, let’s keep them as ‘Greens’ and add Cabbage (both red and white) and Cauliflower to the list this week. No Broc today but we do have it on high rotation.
- Alliums! Onions (both red and brown) and garlic.
- MUSHROOMS! As many varieties as you like.
- Carrots, Beets, Capsicum.
- Seasonal Fruit! This week I collected mandarines (great source of Vitamin C for immunity), Bananas, Frozen Berries (great in smoothies or on their own with walnuts for breakfast), Apples, Pineapple, Figs, Grapes and Lemons.
- Sprouts! We buy ours from Coles as the brand there tends to last longer and not be as waterlogged as some of the others we’ve come across.
- Natural Peanut Butter! Look for the highest percentage of peanuts and the lowest percentage of crap you can find. This Sanitarium one has 100% roasted peanuts, 0% sugar or crap. It’s good.
- Organic Yoghurt! I don’t really do dairy, but this yoghurt actually makes my tummy happier. Unlike other varieties I’ve tried. It’s set in its tub and contains 5 different live cultures. Plus, there’s no added sugar or gunk. It’s all goodness. Wrap your lips around Barambah Organics Organic Yoghurt. My pick of the bunch is the Bush Honey flavour, but the plain is pretty good too.
- Milky Stuff! Cow’s milk and I don’t get on, so we rotate between Oat, Soy, Rice, and Almond milk. The ones I’ve found to be the best are Pure Harvest Organics and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze (unsweetened) – both of which are sold at Coles (and probably Woolies, too).
Aside from the weekly stuff, like this, we have a cupboard full of seaweeds, legumes and grains, but I’ll leave that for another blog. Too. Much. Food. In. One. Space. Oh, and we do animal products like organic eggs, chicken, and beef from time-to-time too. I can throw in some suggestions for that if you like.
Stay tuned for part 2.0 but tell me…
Did this help with your shopping list?
Are there some things on there that you want to buy?
Do you have any favourite brands or suggestions you want to throw in the ring?