Food & Fitness

What’s on my grocery list?

I don’t know about you, but I tend to go through phases of what types of food I eat. For a while I ate eggs or egg whites every single day. Then there was another point in my life when I had piles of yogurt in my fridge. I’ve also gone through “kicks” of popcorn, steamed veggies, banana bread, rice and beans, sandwiches… I think it largely is dependent on the season, as well as what nutrients the body is lacking, when we go through periods of desiring very specific foods.

green apples

Since I’m taking my Certified Holistic Nutritionist diploma program, I’ve been reading a lot about all of the nutrients that we need and the foods that they’re found in. I was studying for my exam this past weekend and I realized that many of the symptoms I’ve been having – fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, difficulty dealing with cold, feeling sluggish and so on – might be related to the lack of seafood in my diet. The mother dear has recommended that I visit the doctor to get my thyroid checked, which I am planning on doing this week, but I’d also like to start incorporating more fresh fish into my diet to see if that makes a difference at all. It’s worth a shot, right?

These days my grocery list is almost always the exact same, although I’m doing my best to try to switch things up so as to provide my body with an abundance of nutrients. At any rate, I thought that I would share with you all what my typical grocery list looks like. The items listed below are what this particular health writer eats on a fairly regular basis.

Top Ten Foods on My Grocery List

– Crimini mushrooms (awesome in stir fries)

– Apples (my usual morning snack at the office on Mondays and Tuesdays)

– Bananas (perfect for oat cakes and oatmeal)

– Unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze (my favourite for my smoothies)

– Celery (versatile option to add into stir fries or to top with nut butter or cheese, or to add to salads)

– Sugar snap peas (love. A great raw snack and equally yummy tossed with other veggies in any meal)

– Berries (nothing beats a big bowl of fresh mixed berries)

– Xocai antioxidant meal replacement shake (I’m really enjoying having this for breakfast – delicious and energizing!)

– Oats (I have these almost every day)

– Chai green tea (mmm caffeine)

I go through a lot of the latter three, so even though they come in fairly big packages, they’re still frequently on my list ๐Ÿ™‚ Until the past week, popcorn kernels and light buttery spread were on my list constantly, but they’re now being cut from my list for a long time. I need to take a break from them.

I’m really curious to know what’s on your typical grocery list. I’d love some new ideas for basic ingredients that are staples in your household. Please share in the comments section below!


  1. Alex

    My grocery buggy always contains bananas, apples, oats, asparagus, and peanut butter! I’ve been on a peanut butter kick for a while now, eating pb on toast every morning! It’s getting kinda ridiculous…

  2. westwood

    My actual grocery list is usual pretty healthy and simple. Lots of broccoli. Gosh I love broccoli.

    However my ideal grocery list is:
    – cinnimon buns
    – muffins
    – more muffins
    – bread
    – more bread
    – bagels
    – pits
    – wraps
    – cheese buns
    – croissants


    1. Sagan Morrow

      This is why I heart you. My ideal grocery list is pretty much exactly the same. Except popcorn and butter would be on there times three.

      By the way, we should go to Stella’s for a soup and cheese scone date sometime soon. Just saying.

  3. clare

    Hey Sagan! Well, I’m going to do top 10 for ME (not my hubby)

    vanilla unsweetened almond breeze (yay!)
    butter lettuce
    summer squash (zucchini/yellow)
    green beans
    cashews and/or almonds
    cottage cheese
    gluten free oat bran (i buy online from legacy valley in montana)
    braggs liquid aminos
    greek yogurt

    i’d buy more fruit but i have so much that i’ve frozen and preserved from last year that i haven’t had to buy too much right now. not to much of a fruit girl anyways.


    1. Sagan Morrow

      Love Braggs! It’s always in my fridge ๐Ÿ™‚

      Do you have your cashews and almonds raw or do you mix them in with other things? And what do you usually do with your squash? I don’t buy squash too often just because I’d be flummoxed as to what to do with it if I didn’t have a specific recipe stating that I needed it.

      1. clare

        hiya sagan,

        i eat cashews and almonds plain, sometimes i’ll throw them on top of my oat bran or cornmeal mush. i use shredded zucchini as an extra kick cooked into my oats, and yellow squash on top of salads, sauteed in braggs.

  4. Diana - Scale Junkie

    Greek Yogurt
    Almond Milk
    frozen unsweetened berries
    grape tomatoes
    seedless cucumbers
    garbanzo/black beans

    But I do really like whats on Westwood’s “ideal list” and your popcorn addition too

    I could go on but I wanted to honor your ten theme!

  5. Jamie Walker

    My list always looks a little something like this:

    *bananas (staple – must have for my smoothie every morning)
    *blueberries (eat them by the handfuls and in my smoothies everyday)
    *Other delicious berries (or fruit) that is in season
    *kale (a staple!!! My must have green)
    *Avocado (FAVE snack, fave addition to most meals)
    *Pepper Plant hot sauce
    *Amazing Grass Amazing Meal
    *Sunshine Burgers (SOOOO AMAZING)
    *Vanilla Almond Milk (must have for smoothies)

    Geez – that’s a LOT. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Sagan Morrow

      I’ve got to ask – what do you DO with kale? I’ve tried it a few times and I can’t get into it on a regular basis.

      Mmm, haven’t had avocado in a while… so good in salads! And I’ve really got to get around to trying Amazing Grass products. I keep hearing great things about them.

      1. mary

        Kale is tough to love if you are not going to cook it in the “southern” way with lots of bacon or ham. But I really do like it baked, sprinkle with olive oil, salt, pepper, and I add red pepper flakes. Bake until krispy and it turns into chips almost. Yes, it does taste “green” but it it sooo good. The kiddos like it sprinkles with parmesan cheese as well.

        1. Sagan Morrow

          I’ve bought pre-made kale chips at the store and really enjoyed them – but when I try to make kale chips at home, they just taste bland. Maybe next time I’ll have to look at the ingredient list of the pre-packaged stuff to season it with their spices and such…

  6. JavaChick

    I have a sugar snap pea addiction. I love taking them to work to munch on. ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s hard to list staples – we always buy lots of fruits & veggies, but what we buy depends on what is available and of good quality. Tomatoes and bell peppers are constants though, because for us those are versatile ingredients. We also usually have canned beans, eggs & tofu on hand, and meat in the freezer. Oh and yogurt – we both eat yogurt & fruit for breakfast.

    We almost sound healthy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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