What’s In Your Pantry? (Grocery Haul)

I must admit.  I like to stay up on my fair share of gossip like who’s dating who, and who’s  wearing what, but I’m also very much interested in who’s eating what.  I believe you can tell a lot about a person by what they eat.  We all know there’s a huge cultural component associated with food, but I also believe that there is much to learn about one’s personality based on their food preference and choices.  Just like with fashion, we see fads come and go, high priced, brand name products, and food trends. Our interaction with food is a huge form of self-expression.

Now that you have a glimpse into my obsession with food, let me open the door just a little bit more…I absolutely love checking out people’s social media posts about the different foods they’ve discovered and meals they’ve experienced.  I’m also always interested in seeing how people manage and maintain healthy eating habits – how they shop, how they store food, how they prepare/cook food – so that I can pick up some new tricks of the trade.  I figured if I’m this intrigued about what kind of foods people are buying and eating there has to be at least one other person on this earth that would be interested also.  Hence, my grocery haul.

I had a great shopping/prepping/cooking routine while I was living on my own, however moving back in with my parents has presented some challenges.  The biggest one being limited storage space.  While on my own, I would pretty much do my shopping on Saturday and batch cooking for the week on Sunday.  It took some discipline but it made life so much easier.  Not to mention, I saved so much money from not eating out.  Well now that I am a broke college student, time and money have become even bigger challenges.  Swearing off Ramen noodles and Easy Mac, one challenge that I currently set for myself is finding an eating routine that’s convenient, easy on my pockets and of course, healthy.

That being said, today I did my shopping at Walmart and Safeway.  The total damage done was $70.28.  That may sound like a lot initially, but it’s cheaper than grabbing breakfast, snacks and lunch on the go everyday.  Also, I anticipate some of the items lasting longer than a week (grapes, bread, honey – for sure).  Check out the pictures below to see what I got!

As of late, I try to shop in food groups.

From top left to bottom right: fruits & veggies, protein, whole grains, dairy.

Miscellaneous items:  toasted coconut chips, apple chips and honey.

Miscellaneous items: toasted coconut chips, apple chips and honey.

I got all this for $70.28!  One meal I plan to make quite frequently is the turkey wrap (seen above).  One of my favorite snacks - post work-out, late-night, or whenever - is apple slices and peanut butter.

I got all this for $70.28! One meal I plan to make quite frequently is the turkey wrap (seen above). One of my favorite snacks – post work-out, late-night, or whenever – is apple slices and peanut butter.

What are some of your healthy shopping / food prep habits?  You know I’d love to hear about them!

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