Hey friends!

I bet you thought that since I’m no longer in pageant competition mode, my beloved #MealPrepMonday posts would be long gone…WRONG! The best thing about good habits is that they tend to stick. About a week after eating all the pizza I wanted, I missed by beloved days of smart and easy eating! So while we’ve introduced a little more flexibility (hello, cookies & sorbet) I’m still as dedicated as ever to helping us all make healthy and wholesome eating a little more accessible. And to get us started, I’m going back to the essentials: grocery shopping.photo-1463490093487-b0ffe9b8e140.jpegMaybe I’m a dork (okay, I definitely am) but grocery shopping is one of my favorite things to do, period. A few reasons: it involves lists (if you didn’t know already, lists are my love language), it involves shopping (which is always a good thing), and, if you’re anything like me, there is always some kind of treat involved (which usually these days revolves around dark chocolate). I’m a big believer that clean eating starts with a clean kitchen, so I’m going to share with you the essentials you’ll find in my freezer, fridge, and pantry. It’s focused on carbs that will fill and fuel, plenty of protein, and lots of high-nutrient fruits and veggies (I’ve added a few treats at the end). Obviously, customize this to your personal dietary needs, but it’s a great base to work from with a lot of the recipes I use! 


For The Pantry (once a month)

  • brown rice
  • quinoa
  • black beans
  • any variations on the top three that you can find (Trader Joe’s has both brown rice/quinoa and black bean pasta—dreams!)
  • oatmeal (I have this for breakfast every other morning!)
  • ground flax meal (I got mine from Bob’s Red Mill)
  • coconut flour
  • coconut sugar (I got both my coconut flour and sugar from Trader Joe’s!)
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • flax seeds
  • chia seeds (these are a great addition to oatmeal)
  • nuts (I’m addicted to almonds and pecans)
  • nut & seed butter (peanut butter is a legume, not a true nut, so aim for something along the lines of almond butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, etc.)
  • spices & seasonings (ones that I use on a regular basis: cinnamon, vanilla extract, nutmeg, Montreal Chicken Seasoning, onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper)
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • honey (local if you can get it!!)
  • maple syrup (pure maple syrup…sorry Aunt Jemima)
  • your favorite tea (I’m partial to green and black teas, and have been experimenting with matcha!) and coffee, because caffeine.

For The Freezer (once a month)

  • frozen seafood (my major ones are salmon and tilapia, but I love mahi-mahi as well!)
  • frozen chicken and turkey
  • frozen veggies (I always buy the ones in the steam-able bags. Frozen veggies have a higher nutrient content than canned, and it takes just minutes in the microwave to have them as a side or use them in another recipe!)
  • frozen whole-grain waffles ( I love Van’s!)
  • Ezekiel bread

For The Fridge (weekly/biweekly)

  • apple cider vinegar (I’m trying to incorporate this into my daily diet…but shots of ACV are pretty hardcore. Stay tuned on this.)
  • almond/coconut milk (I usually go unsweetened for these!)
  • sweet potatoes
  • eggs (so many! I was eating 8 a day for pageant prep, but probably still have at least four per day.)
  • veggies: spinach for salads, zucchini for spiralizing, and whatever fresh/on-sale produce I feel like using that week. Get creative!
  • fruits: green apples, bananas, berries, and whatever else suits your fancy!
  • full-fat cheese (it’s better for you than the skim stuff and such a treat on salads!)
  • lemon (for my morning hot water—it’s an Ayurvedic practice that I’ve used to replace my morning coffee and I love it!)

For Treating Yo-self (because you’re worth it)

  • Trader Joe’s coconut milk ice cream (I’ve got a Trader Joe’s problem. I’ll admit it).
  • Banana Chips
  • Dark Chocolate (you can get this one at Target and some grocery stores…5g of sugar for HALF A BAR, PEOPLE)
  • Veggie Crisps

Was that a lot to handle? It was. That’s why I made this TOTALLY-AWESOME grocery list that you can print out or download for effortless shopping! Hopefully this gives you a good idea of what’s in my kitchen—happy shopping (and eating!)Clean Eating Grocery List




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