Stock for Success

Everyone has a different grocery shopping routine. Some people make lists of necessities, some people overstock their list of things they think they need, others just go to the store and wing it – and that’s cool! But if you’re looking to set yourself up for a successful week of eating, I’ve got your back. This will require planning, but I promise you it will pay off!!

It might sound extreme, but the first thing you have to do is write down every meal you’re going to have. I’m talking every breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner that will cover Sunday through Sunday (or the next time you go shopping). For me, the only thing that changes are the dinners we have, but breakfast, lunch, and snacks are the exact same every day. Since I know these are always the same, I know how every shopping list starts – but I go one step further. I break my list into different sections:

  • Produce
  • Meats
  • Dairy
  • Frozen foods
  • Shelf products

The reason I set my list up this way is because this is how my store (and most stores) are set up. I shop at Wegmans 90% of the time, but I take occasional trips to Trader Joes and Whole Foods, and I know all three stores are set up with the same layout. I like making my list this way for two reasons… I’m filling my cart with healthy essentials before I hit the cookie aisle, and this keeps me from running around the store like a chicken with its head cut off. The last thing you want to do is have an unproductive grocery shopping day.

After I plan all of the meals, I write down all food items I need in the order I listed above, then I am on my way! Now what are the regular suspects on this shopping list? Let me share that with you below 🙂

  • Spinach (tons of it)
  • Bananas
  • Bell peppers
  • Avocado
  • Chicken
  • Goat cheese
  • Almond milk
  • Eggs
  • Frozen tilapia
  • Frozen broccoli
  • Frozen veggie blend
  • Cashews
  • Coffee and tea

Those are items that are on my list every single week without fail. Matt and I incorporate spinach, bananas, and almond milk in my breakfast every morning. He has a salad with spinach, chicken, eggs, goat cheese, avocado, and broccoli for lunch, and I go between tilapia with the veggie blend, or eggs with avocado and bell peppers. I normally snack on cashews between lunch and dinner, which is why they are always on the list. Since I’m always trying to keep dinners simple but fun, I haven’t included those ingredients on the list since they are always changing.

I have posted some of my star weeknight meals, so you can gauge what I normally keep on hand for dinners, but if you’re interested in 5 nights of weeknight meals, pantry staples, or anything else to help with stocking for success in your fridge, let me know in the comments below! I have some fun food posts coming up for the next few weeks, so stay tuned 🙂

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