I feel like I’ve been teasing you guys with this post for long enough now that it’s time I finally do it. I want you all to know that meal planning doesn’t have to equal meal prepping. In case you’re new here, I absolutely HATE meal prepping. The idea of eating the same reheated meals 6 days in a row makes me want to gag. However, without a plan you are setting yourself up for failure. In this post I’m going to share with you what I eat, what I buy and where I shop.
What I Eat
I’m sure you and your family already have a set of go-to meals that you make on a regular basis so this should be pretty easy. What I did is I created a google doc and typed out the headings: breakfast, lunch and dinner and listed off meals we regularly ate in each category. Yes, it was that simple!
It use to take Jeremy and I forever to make a grocery list because we were always trying to look up new ideas on Pinterest or were trying to rack our brains for things that we make regularly. This list alone has saved us so much time and energy! Most of the breakfast and lunch ideas are pretty self explanatory but you can find almost all of my dinner recipes either on my Pinterest board or under my recipes category here on the blog.
Here is a prettier, pin worthy version of our weekly menu for you as well:
Where I Shop
Obviously availability to these stores will vary regionally but the places we buy our groceries from are: Costco, Walmart, Trader Joe’s. We occasionally go to: Sprouts, Target, Ralph’s (Kroger) or Target if we are in a pinch or are just in the area.
What I Buy
Costco: eggs, LaCroix, diet soda, turkey lunch meat, boneless skinless chicken breasts, string cheese, organic bread, chicken burgers, veggie burgers, ground turkey, Kodiak Cakes pancake mix, cheese whisps, mango pops, Jimmy Dean Delights sandwiches, Vans gluten free waffles, mini Kind bars, Vital Proteins collagen peptides, rotisserie chicken, bagged salads, dog food and snacks for the girls.
Walmart: select produce, canned goods, frozen shrimp, cheeses, dressings, condiments and sauces, select frozen goods, protein bars, crackers, popcorn.
Trader Joe’s: specialty items such as crackers, desserts and frozen goods; grass fed ground beef, chicken sausages, salmon, milk, produce.
My protein powder unfortunately isn’t sold in stores but can be found here.
People always wonder how and why we need to grocery shop every week but when you don’t eat many processed foods, you have to constantly buy fresh foods. I also use MyFitnessPal to help me keep my calories and macros in check. I hope you all found this helpful!
Thanks for reading!