First off, before anyone asks, no my fridge isn’t always THIS organized. I mean, it’s usually pretty neat but I may or may not have strategically placed some things for a good photo op. A lot of you have been asking recently for THHY shopping list or a list of the essentials for making many of the recipes on my site. As I’ve mentioned before, I am very routine, even when with my grocery list. I like to keep it simple when it comes to cooking meals throughout the week so I generally tend to use a lot of repeat items in a majority of my recipes. As they say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!
So, as a general rule of thumb, I always stock up on fresh veggies, fruits, protein, healthy fats, and whole grains. I also pre-plan my meals for the week ahead on Sunday night so come Monday morning I can shop efficiently and not spend hours wandering the isles (which, lets be honest, is near impossible with a toddler).
Most of us tend to shop at the same stores so you generally know the layout and whereabouts of most items. This is super helpful when I’m making a list as I will group the items by section/aisle of the store so I am less likely to forget something and/or have to circle back around again.
It’s also helpful, when planning out your meals, to check the store flyers/websites for weekly sales and specials. FYI if you’re an Amazon Prime member you can use the “Whole Foods” scanner on the app to get an extra 10% off of sale items and 5% back if you have an Amazon Prime Rewards Card (nice little shopping bonuses!).
Okay, now for the good stuff…Below is a list of my staples, things that you will find in many of my recipes, and items that make my life a little bit easier to have on hand during a hectic week;
- Fresh fruits and veggies (buy organic for thinner skinned produce if possible)– berries, bananas, oranges, lemons & limes (great for squeezing into your water), baby spinach, micro greens and mixed greens (I use for quick salads for lunch), tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, red bell peppers, broccoli, green beans, avocados, sweet potatoes, red onions. NOTE: I usually freeze some of the fruit and veggies for smoothies (see my 5 Days of Smoothies post for more info) and/or if I don’t think I will use them up in time. Heartier green veggies like green beans and broccoli freeze well and can be pulled out and sautéed, roasted, or grilled on the spot.
- We eat a fair amount of (organic/grass-fed) protein throughout the week so my go-to’s are always eggs, chicken breast, ground turkey, pre-cooked sausage (makes an easy dinner option and also great for my squash pizzas!), and fish (like cod for my Baked Cracker Crumb Cod). NOTE: I will keep what I plan to cook for that night and the next in the fridge and always freeze the rest until I’m ready to use to ensure freshness.
- Other protein sources and healthy fats I like to have readily available for quick snacks are Prefect Bar Protein Bars and my Almond Joy Bars (which I freeze), organic hummus (for dipping veggies/topping salads), organic nut butters such as almond and peanut, whole milk organic yogurt (Emerson’s favorite!), whole milk organic cottage cheese (great topped with berries and cinnamon for a healthy snack), organic cheeses such as cheese sticks for Emerson, sharp shredded cheddar, and grated parmesan.
- Other miscellaneous fridge staples include organic sauerkraut (I use on sandwiches and salads- great for digestion), unsweetened almond milk, organic whole milk, Once Upon pouches (for a quick on the go snack for Emerson), and seltzer water.
- Whole grains- sourdough bread, gluten-free pasta, gluten-free old fashioned oats (for baking my breakfast bars and my overnight oats), quinoa, farro, brown rice, multigrain crackers. Most of these items have a long shelf lie so I often buy in bulk when on sale.
- We also use a lot of legumes such as chickpeas and black beans so I like to have those on hand as well to toss into soups and other dishes for added protein and fiber.
- Other canned goods we eat frequently are diced tomatoes (I buy organic and no salt added) and low fat coconut milk (both of which are great for my Chicken and Chickpea Coconut Curry!)
- The oils I use for cooking/baking are avocado oil, coconut oil, olive oil and olive oil spray (great as a lower calorie option), and ghee.
- I don’t tend to bake with sugar so my go-to sweeteners of choice are raw honey and maple syrup.
- As you know, a lot of my smoothie and baked goods also use many of the same ingredients such as a good paleo baking flour (Bob’s Red Mill is my go-to pre mixed and great for my homemade Blueberry Bagels!), almond meal, flax meal, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cacao powder, and vegan chocolate chips (I love Enjoy Life minis!).
Happy shopping (and fridge organizing)!