my favorite day of the week

April 13, 2012 · 12 comments

in facts and hints, food, healthy living

will i surprise anyone when i tell you that grocery shopping day is my favorite day of the week?

no?

i didn’t think so.

i love grocery shopping.

picking the best looking produce and finding good deals is so much fun to me.

plus, a full refrigerator means so many possibilities for new meals and delicious kitchen creations.

so, i thought i’d show you my most recent grocery shopping haul (this is from over a week ago – i need to go shopping again today or tomorrow!).

everything i bought this time was from my local conventional supermarket. i did make a trader joe’s run this week to pick up almond milk, broth, almonds & cashews, and coffee, but i didn’t take any pictures of that!

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this is mostly brad’s stuff. he drinks regular milk every morning with breakfast and eats an english muffing with nut butter. the deli meat, crackers, and cheese are for his lunches (although i have definitely had a slice or two of that pepperjack myself!). plus butter. because who doesn’t love butter. :)

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this was to make brad happy too. i don’t cook meat often and kind of turned into an accidental vegetarian when i lived by myself. i just never really bought meat, but meals with meat are a priority for brad and i’ve been doing a bad job of including it lately. he specifically requested the brats and i picked up this big package of ground beef to make burgers, tacos, and sloppy joes.

now onto the good stuff!

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these bags of frozen cherries and other berries were on sale for less than $2 each! that’s just insane. i usually buy frozen fruit at trader joe’s because their prices are normally way lower than at this store, but i couldn’t pass up this sale and i stocked up! 5 bags of cherries, a bag of blackberries, mixed berries, and a huge bag of blueberries for super cheap! i was so pumped about this find and i’m pretty sure the employee that was stocking the shelves right next to the fruit thought i was crazy the way i went nuts over these.

moving on…

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more produce:

  • oranges
  • grapes
  • apples
  • cucumbers
  • celery
  • carrots

i’ve been juicing a lot lately, so stocking up on fruits & veggies is essential!

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bananas are in the mix every week and asparagus will remain in the mix as long as it stays in season. i bought 3 lbs of it last week!

this week i also grabbed these sugar snap peas because they looked good (and then ate the whole bag in one sitting – oops!). and the strawberries were on sale so i picked up two containers of them as well.

this was a pretty typical week of shopping except for the meat. i usually do almost all of my shopping around the perimeter of the store. looking back at this, the only thing that i got from one of the inner isles were brad’s english muffins & wheat thins! not bad…

i also periodically have to stock up on our pantry staples, which i didn’t have to do at all last week. there have been a lot of posts around blog-land recently about pantry staples, so i don’t think i’m going to do my own post on it unless someone requests it.

juile has a great one (part 1 and part 2) and so does angela if you’re interested!

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my practice for my seminar went ok yesterday. i was so thankful to do it though because i received a lot of advice on how to improve my talk. i have a lot of work ahead of me for the next week and i think this is going to be a working weekend…

i hope you guys have an awesome day & that you’ve got fun plans for the weekend!

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what’s your grocery shopping strategy?

stay to the outside of the store?

only buy things with less than 5 ingredients? or ingredients that you recognize?

find the best deals?

i think mine is a combination of all of the above!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

I love grocery shopping too – I go at least 3x week!

My strategy is to load up on all the fresh produce I can and then get a few other staples like proteins (tempeh, tofu, etc) and bread (I love Ezekial bread).
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sarah April 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

i’ve never tried ezekial bread – i’ll look for it!

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean April 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

annnnd now i wanna go grocery shopping! saturday morning is the best time to go around here. everything is freshly stocked!
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sarah April 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

i usually go to the “special” stores on the weekend – trader joe’s, costco, and the co-op since they’re all at least a 20-30 minute drive from our apartment. we’re getting a costco right by one of the practices where brad works soon, so i can’t wait for that!!!

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Apaarna B. @ Not A Leaf April 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

I first make a list on my phone (there’s an app for that! LOL) and then we get our reusable bags (hooray being green!) and head to the store. We always start with the stores farthest from us in terms of distance. Some of the stores in our town don’t offer the brands we like, so we have to go to several. Not a big deal though! So when we’re at the store that has everything (Meijer for us in the midwest), we go down every aisle. Then we head to the stores for the specialty items and get just what we need from there and nothing else. It takes a while, but we’ve adapted a system and I’m glad we both do it! :)
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sarah April 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

i make lists on my phone too! :)

we don’t have meijer here in in wisconsin, but i LOVED it the summer i was in east lansing! i went there at least once or twice a week. they really do have EVERYTHING there!

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Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons April 13, 2012 at 11:05 am

Omg that IS a great deal on berries!!!! I’m on freezer restriction b/c frozen veggies were on sale and I filled the drawer to the brim and can’t fit a single thing in there now! lol!

Happy friday love!
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heather April 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

what a STEAL on frozen fruit!
Cherries are on my MUST BUY list at this moment in time. I am longing to try frozen cherries and chocolate milk blended up for a post run recovery drink [research shows both are great refueling choices after running hard - those cherries carry anti-inflamatory goodness that is essential for my shin-splint prone self!]
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Mellissa April 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

I love grocery shopping, especially when things are on sale! I alternate between buying most stuff at Costco or Sam’s and Super Target.
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Liz @ iheartvegetables April 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Haha I love grocery shopping :)

Those wheat thins wouldn’t stand a CHANCE against me. I can’t keep my hands out of the box ;)
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Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest April 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Mine is definitely a combination too, but I do try to stick to the outside. I sometimes do better shopping at stores like Target that have bigger grocery sections because I am more limited to certain choices.

Those are great deals right now–I need to see if my Pick N’ Save has those same Roundy’s deals. I have been adding frozen fruit to my greek yogurt lately and loving it.

Good luck working on your talk this weekend!
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