If there is one thing that has been a constant obstacle in my life it has been the grocery list. I know what is good for me and what I want to get but it seems that it is a frequent struggle to play the game of Trial And Error with my selections.

Everyone knows the formula: Eat Good = Feel Good.

Unfortunately, I have come to know that in order to FEEL GOOD, you also have to PAY GOOD too (awful grammar). The truth of the matter is that fresh food that is nourishing and healthy for your body is freaking expensive.

WHY IS THAT?? That is a controversial topic for another post but basically it is the complete discord of the food industries that we call “THE SYSTEM”..

There is, however, good news. Mother Nature has a way of putting all of the things we need to heal and grow in excellently packaged super foods. In fact, many of the natural foods we eat contain entire cocktails of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals! All we have to do is “give [it] a nibble…” (Madagascar 2005).

Over time, and torturous trial and error, I have finally compiled a list of items that I can get at the grocery store that will give me everything I need to maintain, grow, and heal my body. The best part is: It doesn’t have to be expensive! The list below varies slightly depending on what I am in the mood for however I generally spend about $100 – $150 every two weeks on these items! Also, I have a massive appetite that seemingly never goes away so don’t feel obligated to get your own groceries in this volume. The cost of healing is always worth it.

The List

Fruits / Vegetables

  • 2 bundles of Bananas
  • 1 case of Blueberries
  • 1 case of Strawberries
  • 1 bag of Clementines
  • 2-3 Apples
  • 3-4 Tomatoes on the vine
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 head of Lettuce
  • 1 container of Power Greens (Spinach, Kale, & Chard)
  • 1 bag of Celery
  • 1 bag of Carrots
  • 2-4 Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 bag of California Blend (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots)
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1 bag of Mini Sweet Peppers

“Dairy”

  • 2 cartons of Almond Milk (one Vanilla, one Original)
  • 2 bags of Dairy Free Cheese (one cheddar, one mozzarella)
  • 1 tub of Dairy Free Butter

Carbohydrates

  • 2-3 boxes of Chickpea Noodles
  • 1-2 packages of Gluten Free Potato Gnocchi
  • 1 package of Rice
  • 1 package of tortillas
  • 1 bag of kettle-cooked potato chips
  • 1 loaf of Gluten Free Sourdough Bread

Canned Goods

  • 2-3 cans of Beans
  • 2 cans of Minestrone Soup (Amy’s is the best hands down)
  • 1 jar of Garden Vegetable Pasta Sauce

Frozen

  • 1 bag of Tater tots
  • 1 box of Eggplant Cutlets
  • 1 bag of Frozen Kale (for smoothies)
  • 1 box of Gluten Free Waffles
  • 2-4 dinners by Amy’s

Protiens

  • 2 packages of Smokey Tempeh
  • 1-2 packages of pre-cooked Tofu
  • 1 bag of mixed nuts

Though shopping for groceries has taken a lot of time to get used to, I hope you feel confident in your selection knowing that (almost) everything in your cart will help your body grow and heal! I mean, that is the ultimate goal isn’t it? Clean eating doesn’t have to be a hassle, just make sure you are keeping an eye out for sales and try to plan your meals ahead of time. Pro Tip: NEVER, I repeat, NEVER grocery shop on an empty stomach! Things become far too tempting haha.

Until The End Of The Line,

Jake