One of the most common questions I receive from friends and family surrounding the topic of plant-based diet has always been “What do you buy at the grocery each week?” Using the basis of these conversations as inspiration, I thought it would be helpful to share my top 12 weekly staple items for those wanting to make a change toward cleaner eating and healthy lifestyle! These routinely get tossed in the shopping basket during my Whole Foods trips and will be especially helpful if you are new to navigating natural retailers. Personally, for big weekly stock-up trips, I recommend visiting Whole Foods (over Sprouts or Trader Joe’s) as they have the widest selection available of local and fresh produce.
Side Note: I always ONLY buy ORGANIC. Always, always, always. I won’t go into a long saga about why to eat and shop organically, but if you’re not convinced, just google “rats GMO study.” I don’t want my food chemically messed with, I’ll leave it at that!
Ok, without further ado,
TOP 12 WEEKLY GROCERY BASKET ITEMS:
- Sulfite Free Wine– Usually red but I’ll throw in a pinot grigio or prosecco as well! Always read the back of ingredient labels on wine to see if sulfites occur. You do not want these little guys swimming around as studies support they are what heavily contribute to hangovers.
- Kale– Love me some kale. Seriously, I could eat it everyday for the rest of my life. This is a great dark leafy green to start out with given it’s popularity rise over recent years and versatility for use raw in salads or steamed for other recipes.
- Bananas– Easy one, right? I primarily will freeze these and use for morning smoothie recipes or slice them up and put on toast with some sort of nut butter.
- Avocado– Being vegan, I often turn to avocado for a source of healthy fat. I usually eat about half of one per day. I’ll toss in a green smoothie, slather on toast or in a tortilla, and of course throw on top of my nightly salad!
- Celtic Sea Salt– Trash your refined, iodized, and highly processed table salt for this healthy, mineral-rich alternative!
- Freshly Ground Almond or Cashew Butter– This is my daily go-to snack paired with an apple! You can find the freshly ground version available in the bulk section of the store.
- Nut Milk– Coconut, almond, cashew, pecan, and flax! There are so many options available to help you test out making the switch from traditional dairy cow’s milk.
- Lentil Pasta– This also has recently become quite popular on the health food band wagon. Basically, lentils (a type of legume) are taken and ground into flour, then made into the shape of traditional pastas.
- Hummus– Can’t get enough of it. Great to snack on with veggies or put in sandwiches/wraps!
- Sprouted Quinoa– I make a big batch of quinoa each week and keep in the fridge for quick lunches or dinners!
- Sprouted Corn Tortillas– You’ll see a pattern that I always try to buy “sprouted” bread products when available. This buzzword basically just means it’s the healthiest bread option available and the brands that offer this are typically in the refrigerated or frozen section of the store.
- Paper Goods– Toilet paper/paper towels. I know, you may think this is where the “Whole foods, whole paycheck” joke really comes into play, but it’s actually quite the opposite! I only purchase chemical-free household cleaning and personal care products. Specifically, I wanted to include paper goods here because it’s often something you don’t ever put much thought into buying. At Whole Foods, they are relatively cheap, recycled, and most importantly do not contain any chlorine, bleach, etc, etc, etc. Who wants to use chemical laden paper on their hands or worse, down below? Not me!
A couple other easy, last minute tips: I try to avoid highly processed foods and anything with sugar or other shady ingredients listed on the labels. I hope this will help you get your feet wet and familiarize yourself with simple, healthy kitchen staples! Would you guys like to see some of my favorite brands that go along with this list? I’m here to do the research for ya so let me know what you want to see!
Cheers and happy healthy shopping.
photos via The Retro Pengin