Where We Grocery Shop For Healthy Food
It's no secret that I'm a huge health advocate. I truly believe that productivity stems from self care and making healthy decisions for yourself each and everyday.
Embarrassingly enough, Mike and I met at the gym. Yup haha We went to the same gym for a year and never spoke to one another. (It might have been because it was 5am but still!) Just as I was planning my move back to Massachusetts, Mike introduced himself and the rest is history.
The early beginning of our relationship was highly influenced by health and fitness. When we would travel to see one another, we made a note to workout together. Please, lets not forget about the epic post workout meals that we used to make, too! We would start with making some type of smoothie. Mike is more prone to orange or tropical smoothies while I'm more into berry and chocolate types. Smoothies were just the start, though. I remember the first time I went to visit Mike and he wouldn't let me do anything! He made eggs, bacon and waffles after our smoothies. And, that was basically what we did after every workout. I do have to say, I miss working out together and miss coming home and making those epic meals.
Now that we are a boring, old married couple, our lives look a lot different. Before when we were dating, I was living in Boston and Mike was in Delaware. Besides breakfasts, our food habits are actually pretty different. Mike is a huge cereal guy, while I like oats. He also isn't too adventurous with his meals, which is actually something that can bum me out since I love trying new foods. His main meals that he would cook for himself were burgers, pasta, steak and potatoes and tacos. Now, yeah, those are great, but I need some variety in my life! I love making new recipes that I've seen on Pinterest. Cooking is so fun for me, and trying out new recipes is a way for me to express my creativity.
So, where do we get our food from you ask? Well, we like to shop at a handful of places for our staples.
The first place we shop is BJ's. Now, yes, I'm 100% a Costco girl, BUT we don't have one close to us guys! And BJ's is just five minutes away for us. So, it just makes sense. And BJ's has a lot of great quality, organic foods. For meats, we buy them organic and grass fed. Eggs, we buy cage free, and we buy some organic fruits and veggies, but not all of them are to be honest (This summer our garden fed us all of our vegetables and that was amazing!) I think that there is a strong correlation between the quality of foods and your health. This is where we get our bulk items from. We get things that we use all the time and also things that don't go badly quickly.
Plain greek yogurt
Popcorn (we buy just the kernels and air pop them)
Next up is my all time favorite, Trader Joe's. Mike doesn't shop here, just I do. The closest one is 20 minutes away from us, so I go when I come home from Boston. I buy more weekly type of items here.
Peanut butter (I'm so picky about peanut butter! I just like peanuts in mine, nothing else)
Fish (Mahi-mahi, tuna steak or salmon)
Condiments (ketchup, olive oil, mustard, etc)
Seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic, cinnamon, etc)
Dips (salsa, hummus, pesto)
The last is a place that I am such a huge fan of, Thrive. They have everything from food to household items to beauty products. We have been using them for the last year and I can't recommend them more! I love the fact that you can search for various ingredients and diets. We get some food items here, but also get a lot of household staples. Use my link and you will save $25 off your order!
Protein Powder (I get plant based for myself like Vega Sport and Mike gets whey)
Protein bars (My favorites are Primal Kitchen and Aloha)
Waffle and pancake mix
Oils and vinegretes
Pasta (we buy lentil or chickpea)
Flour (oat, wheat or almond)
Baking goods (coconut flakes, cacao powder, flax seeds, chia seeds)
Chocolate (Enjoy life is my favorite!)
There you have it! These are the places that we get our food from! As you can see, we really stick to basics when we food shop. We don't really buy too many snacks very often, because we base most of our food intake on our meals. When we do snack, we go for things like corn ships, popcorn, veggies and dip, ice cream, or some bake goods that I whipped up (usually just some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies). We eat three meals and will fill in some various snacks throughout the day. (I like having a snack in between lunch and dinner and after dinner).
Let me know if you have any questions about what we eat!