Now, I’m no nutritionist, but I like to think of myself as a fairly healthy eater. People sometimes consider me a weird eater since I don’t eat a whole lot of meat and I usually have some hodgepodge concoction put together for lunch or dinner. “Are you eating caviar??” (referring to the quinoa on my plate). Ummm, not quite haha. And while I’m not a big meat-eater unless my dad shot it himself, I still get plenty of protein and plant-based nutrients that keep me fully satisfied, my energy levels up, and my body (seemingly) thriving!
Below is a list of foods I am most likely to pick up if I suddenly (and tragically!) found myself with an empty fridge and cupboard. Note, I don’t buy these foods every week, but I try to keep the majority of these foods in my fridge or cupboard most of the time. Some of these foods count towards multiple categories, but I just placed them in one for simplicity purposes. Pardon me if I mixed up any vegetables that are really fruits or vice versa.
Now don’t assume that these foods are all organic or non-organic. I usually shop according to the dirty dozen list, and at a few stores I find organic produce can actually be cheaper than conventionally grown produce. It’s not always economical to buy organic, so I do what I can.
This list isn’t a comprehensive list of everything I eat on a daily basis, but these are my main go—to foods. It looks like a lot, but if you cook all of your meals at home, you actually go through these foods pretty quickly! In summer this list usually becomes a little more diverse as seasonal, locally grown foods start coming to the market. And like everyone else, I give into my sugar and salt cravings on a daily or weekly basis because, well, I’m human dammit! Everything in moderation! 🙂
So if you are looking for a (mostly) healthy grocery list to follow as we enter into the new year, feel free to use mine as a reference! I didn’t put quantities in here because I am usually only shopping for myself, where I know many of you may be shopping for more than one person. You can decide on the quantities that would work for you. Enjoy!
- Minnesota wild rice
- Wild caught Alaskan salmon
- Raw almonds
- Dried black beans
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Occasionally local chicken
- Grape tomatoes
- Grapefruit (in winter)
- Raspberries (I’m a glutton for raspberries!)
- Bell peppers (my favorite are the red, but alas, they are usually the most expensive!)
- Butternut squash (in fall and winter)
- Frozen cherries (this is often my sweet fix at night! Makes a great ice cream substitute.)
- Pomegranates are a must in winter!
- Occasionally collard greens if I want to make wraps
- Sweet potatoes
- Asparagus (I like to switch this up weekly, like asparagus one week, brussel sprouts the next, kohlrabi etc.)
- Mushrooms (if you can even call them a vegetable)
- Canned artichoke hearts
- Unrefined coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Garlic-stuffed green olives
- Chia seeds
Miscellaneous and snacks:
- Teriyaki flavored coconut aminos
- Ginger root (I try to keep this in the fridge at all times!)
- Raw Wisconsin honey
- Dark roasted coffee
- Garlic powder!
- Himalayan salt
- Canned coconut milk
- Pumpkin seeds
- Kombucha (if I don’t have any homemade)
- The occasional Snickers Extreme (Guilty! They are sooo bad, yet sooo good.)
- Coconut white chocolate macadamia nut cookies (All I can say is, “Mmmmmm!”)
- Chip fix? I’m known to reach for cheddar Sun Chips
- Dark chocolate with sea salt
- Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate (I don’t buy this every week since it’s a big container, but I consume it daily.)
- I’m not even going to mention all of the herbs in my cupboard, but trust me, there’s a lot!
Looking for some ideas on how to incorporate more vegetables into your diet? Check out my post on the subject!