Last night the boys and I went to Costco for our monthly beginning-of-the-month shopping trip. We get the majority of our food for the month on this trip and usually go once mid-month for a few things, too. I know most people think grocery shopping is a chore (and I would definitely feel that way too if Jesse wasn’t along to help me handle Camden and load and unload all these bulk, un-bagged groceries into the car) but I personally look forward to it. Anyway, here’s a quick post with the groceries I got, as well as how I plan to eat them!
2-pack Alpine Valley bread
Skinny Pop popcorn
Seeds of Change prepared whole grains pouches
long grain brown rice
Kirkland protein bars (very similar to Quest Bars but a fraction of the price)
canned black beans
Crunchmaster multigrain crackers
Kirkland chicken stock
pure maple syrup
5 dozen eggs
1 gallon 2% milk
6 pounds ground turkey
AMYLU chicken sausage links
sugar snap peas
Here are the some of the meals I plan to make with this delicious food (and food I already have):
Southwest Rice + Bean Stuffed Peppers
Blueberry+Raspberry Yogurt + Granola Bowls
Pomegranate +Almond Chicken Salad
Chicken + Rice Soup
Thanks to the large sizes, every grocery trip looks different. For example, I’m well-stocked on the following, so they weren’t needed this month: peanut butter, honey, oats, frozen veggies, Kodiak Cakes mix, Flatouts, frozen chicken breasts, and block cheese. The constants are fresh produce, eggs, milk, bread, and various snack items like popcorn and protein bars. Many of the items I buy are organic and I’m always pleased with the quality of the food I buy. Quality food and my health is important to me and something I’m willing to invest in.
So there you have it! Keep up with my snapchat ( stephlynn04 ) to see the snacks and meals I make out of these groceries!
I debated whether I was even going to record and post this week, because I had a lot going on. But I realized that everyone else has busy lives and needs to be able to eat healthy on the go as well! Monday I had a shopping day with my mom, sister, and aunt. Thursday I didn’t record at all; I had my blood glucose test and my day was very far from normal. Friday we had the annual ugly sweater party with a group of friends. We all make lots of amazing, delicious food and have a great time. So I decided it would be a great example of what moderation looks like!
When you see “chicken breakfast sausage links,” here’s what I’m talking about! I get these at Costco. They have an amazing ingredient list and they taste great.
Breakfast: Advocare Meal Replacement Shake made with 8 oz milk.
Lunch: Chili’s: 6 Oz. Classic Sirloin with Grilled Avocado. Here is the menu description: 100% USDA Choice sirloin with Chili’s seasoning & drizzled with spicy citrus-chile sauce, topped with grilled avocado slices, garlic roasted tomatoes & chopped cilantro. Served with fresco salad. This was found in the “Lighter Choices” section of the menu. It had 420 calories and 39 grams of protein. Being pregnant, I obviously ordered the steak done medium well, but it was still juicy and tender. Eating healthy while eating out is possible! 🙂
Snack: Protein bar (I was totally going to eat some almonds too, but got sidetracked and completely forgot. #pregnancybrain)
Dinner: 1 organic cilantro-lime chicken sausage, portobello mushrooms, and ear of sweet corn. I sauteed all of it together in olive oil and spices.
Breakfast: 1/2 C oats, 1 tsp maple syrup, 2 eggs, 2 chicken breakfast sausage links.
Snack: 2 clementines, 1 serving almonds
Lunch: Salmon, carrots roasted with olive oil and herbs, and a steamed ear of corn on the cob
Snack: 8 ounces of milk mixed with 1/2 scoop whey protein, 2 slices whole wheat toast with 1 TBS peanut butter
Dinner: 1 C prepared Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese (made with Greek yogurt) mixed with 1 packed cup of steamed broccoli.
Lunch: “Chicken Burrito:” 1 chicken breast, sliced and mixed with Greek yogurt, salsa, black olives, 1/2 ears’ worth of sweet corn, and some cheese. Mixed together and eaten in a Flatout.
Snack: 1 serving of Mary’s Gone Crackers with 2 slices of Swiss cheese, cut into triangles.
Dinner: I didn’t feel great or have much of an appetite, so I just had a grilled cheese (two slices whole wheat bread + 2 slices cheddar cheese) and a serving of applesauce.
Thursday: Fasted blood glucose test day. That meant no breakfast, and this girl is very used to breakfast! After drinking that sugary drink and having blood drawn, I didn’t feel great. My appetite and eating was messed up for the rest of the day.
Friday: Breakfast: Advocare Meal Replacement Shake with 8 ounces of milk
Lunch: 1 piece of whole wheat bread with a slice of swiss cheese, plus a protein bar. (I wanted to cook something but the power was out! We were in the middle of a winter storm!)
Snack: none- I was busy making food and getting ready for the party, and since I really didn’t have an appetite that day, I didn’t even realize it.
Dinner: Ugly Sweater party! I enjoyed one of each of the little sliders I brought: 1 pizza and the other turkey and swiss. I had a 2 bacon-wrapped smokies, and a small spoon of mud dip with probably 7 chips. (Haha I’m not positive, but of course I forgot to save the Snapchats I took, so I’m just trying to give you the best idea.) For dessert, I had two petits fours, and half of a turtle brown. (Petits fours are these tiny little cake things that are probably like a square inch.) I did not eat until I felt full and I didn’t feel icky that night or the next morning; I woke up hungry as usual, which is the sign of a good metabolism! Learning to enjoy pleasure foods in moderation is so important.
Lunch: “Pizza Grilled Cheese” and steamed broccoli: 2 slices whole wheat bread, 1.5 TBS pizza sauce (buy with no sugar added or make your own; I usually make my own), 2 TBS ground beef seasoned with Italian seasoning blend, 1 slice cheese, sliced black olives. Cooked grilled cheese style.
Snack: none (I slept in and got a later start to my day after not getting home until midnight Friday night, so I didn’t need 5 meals within the hours I was awake.)
Dinner: salmon, sauteed portobello mushrooms, corn on the cob lightly seasoned with butter and salt