Families of 3 or 4 are able to spend just $100 a week on groceries.
At least that seems to be the case according to a question posed on Facebook last week. Apparently I’m eating for 3. In my defense, I do buy a few things family probably wouldn’t spend money on.
When I want something, I buy it. There’s not much grocery cart self-editing going on; however, I don’t waste food. Thanks to my meal plan spreadsheet I stay on track. If I end up with to much of something, I share with friend or my concierges. That’s probably why my weekly haul hovers around $100… this week’s was $104.
I get a lot of questions about nutrition and diet, so I thought this would be a good time to give you guys a peek into my grocery bill. It has certainly increased since I began training. Protein costs a lot more than the pounds of veggies I was eating on my sort-of vegan diet.
Seafood: Mahi Mahi, Tilapia, lump crab meat (I just learned it’s very high in protein), and canned tuna and salmon
Dairy: Greek yogurt and cottage cheese
Vegan: Sprouted tofu
Veggies: Celery, 2.5 lb bag of spinach, cilantro, carrots, broccoli, red pepper, Spanish eggplant, cucumber, portabella, asparagus, cauliflower, onion, garlic, jalapeno, and ginger
Fruits: Golden kiwi, nectarine, apples, Thai banana, and pear
Packaged/Canned Goods: Pumpkin puree, tomato paste, tortillas
Goodies: Teff flour, sugar-free chocolate covered espresso beans, cinnamon, lavender, flowers
This week I did my shopping at Atlanta’s local year-round farmer’s market where (most) groceries are much cheaper than a typical store (ahem… Whole
Paycheck Foods). For instance, I got the 1/4 lb tub of cinnamon for $0.68. However, some things will always be pricey… my crab meat was $16.29.
This wasn’t a big staple-buying week. Some items I already had include: tempeh, almond milk, egg whites, tomatoes, grapefruit, beans, nuts, and grains.
I already cooked my Mahi Mahi!
It’s really easy to prepare. I squeezed a lemon over the filet and let it sit for about 30 mins. Then I sprinkled it with paprika and placed it in the oven on broil for 10 mins. Bam.
Served with roasted broccoli slaw and sweet potato tots. No, I’m not sharing the tot recipe yet. They weren’t the right texture and the flavor needed some “umph.” Soon though!
My plantar fasciitisis still raring it’s head. Despite being responsible and doing the stretches prescribed by my podiatrist, it’s not 100%. It’s not even 80%.
With some modifications I’ve still been able to do leg day (focusing on extensions, curls, etc.). I’m crossing my fingers that I will be able to do more by tomorrow’s leg day. The arms are still going strong. I’m excited to be increasing the weight I’m lifting, and to be getting a little bigger. Still a ways to go though! Bring on the protein.
Workout Recap (8/20 – 8/26):
- Monday – Back/Triceps, Calf raises
- Tuesday - Shoulders/Butt
- Wednesday – Chest/Biceps, Calf raises, 100 push-ups
- Thursday – Legs (w/ trainer), 1 mile walk
- Friday – Back/Triceps, Calf raises, 2 mile walk
- Saturday - Shoulders/Butt, 100 push-ups
- Sunday - rest, 1.5 mile walk, Yes/No machine
This is going to be a busy work week and I’ll be working at home a good deal. Therefore, I treated myself to a bouquet of pretty flowers to look at.
What are your weekly must-buy items?
Are there items you only buy on occasion as a treat?