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Shopping For a Week of Clean Eating

The other week when we posted our ultimate plant based shopping list, we got a bunch of questions about what we actually buy on a weekly basis. This is a great question, since navigating the grocery store these days can be harder than finding your way out of a hardcore Netflix binge. Not only that, but people wanted to know what we actually DO with the food we buy. So this week, we decided to share with you exactly what we buy for a week of clean eating, and what meals are created from those glorious groceries.

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Keep in mind, one of our main goals is to have an empty fridge by the end of the week. You will not find old, abandoned veggies or leftovers in our fridge. One of the ways we make this happen is that we plan before we shop.

We know what we want to eat that week, and we only buy those items.

Another way we achieve this, along with clean eating, is we buy a sh*t load of produce and WE EAT IT. You’ll notice that a vast majority of the food we buy is perishable. The main idea when you’re at the store is to shop the perimeter and avoid the aisles as much as you can.

More fresh food = healthier options (usually – sorry, the bakery doesn’t count here).

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Clean eating is way easier when you’ve got a kitchen full of healthy food. We do our very best not to buy junk without a purpose. If we DO crave something splurge worthy, we’ll go out an buy it when we crave it. That crap doesn’t need to be hanging out in our cabinets, waiting for our late night weakness to strike.

It definitely makes you think twice about whether or not you really want it when you have to kick off your bunny slippers and get into the cold car to buy it.

So here’s the breakdown of what we bought: 

1 large container of spinach                                      2 Onions

6 red bell peppers                                                        Shallots

2 bunches bananas                                                      Lemons and limes

8 avocados                                                                    12 apples

7 cucumbers                                                                 2 heads of broccoli

1 bag oranges                                                               2 zucchini

1 bag small grapfruits                                                 5 jalepenos

1 bunch celery                                                              1 large bag frozen blueberries

2 bunches radishes                                                     2 cans crushed tomatoes with basil

2 containers almond milk                                          2 containers vegetable broth (low sodium)

1 can kidney beans                                                      1 can white beans

1 jar almond butter                                                     1 jar Nutzo nut butter

1 jar peanut butter                                                      1 loaf Ezekiel bread

Slivered almonds (bulk)                                             Honey roasted almonds (bulk)

Vinegar & sea salt almonds (bulk)                           1 large bad rolled Oats

1 bag red pepper flakes                                              1 bag matcha green tea powder

1 bag coconut smiles                                                   1 bunch kale

 

Food NOT pictured that we already had: quinoa, black beans, whole wheat pasta, eggs (pasture raised organic), flax and chia seeds, steel cut oats, coconut/olive oil, hot sauce, cinnamon, nutritional yeast, sweet potatoes, spicy avocado hummus, unsweetened shredded coconut, honey.

Yes… We eat ALL of this food by the end of the week (aside from all the nut butters, that might last us two weeks). It seems like a lot, and it is. BUT, when you eat better, you can eat MORE. We literally could care less about calorie counting because we know the food we’re putting in our bodies is good food.

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So, what exactly do we make with all of this?

With this haul, these are the clean eating meals that we’ll end up making (plus some random extras is we’re feeling crafty):

Steel cut oats (recipe)                                                 Quinoa and beans

Minestrone soup (recipe)                                           Avocado toast

Smoothies                                                                     Veggie omelettes (recipe)

Veggie soup                                                                   Granola (recipe)

Ezekiel bread w/nut butter                                       Quinoa breakfast bowl

Quinoa veggie bowl                                                     Ezekiel bread with banana and nut butter

Sweet potatoes with cinnamon

Snacks: almonds (honey roasted and vinegar), sliced veggies with hummus, sliced cucumber with cayenne, fruit.

 

Again, this is a LOT of food. People often don’t believe we eat all of this within a week. But trust me, it’s all gone by Friday (Ben can attest to this as I had a completely uncalled for meltdown last Friday when I came home and there were no more eggs – or other food – in the fridge…).

And it’s not always cheap because buying organic is something we believe in. BUT, nourishing our bodies is also something we believe in. We give up spending money on other things in order to buy the food we want. And honestly? It’s worth it! We feel f*cking awesome. We’ve got energy for days, our skin is clear, and we’re happy.

So hopefully this inspires you to shop and plan for clean eating. It’s worth the effort, we promise!

Happy eating dreamers!

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Oh, and here’s a little dose of real life when you’re trying to snap a photo of your clean eating grocery haul and your veggie loving cat won’t cooperate :).

58 Comments

  • the adventurer

    January 28, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Proud to share that my grocery cart has a lot of the same foods =o) I can’t get enough of eating fresh fruit and veggies as snacks during the week. And it’s always worth it to splurge on healthy food

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 29, 2018 at 2:16 am

      Woo hoo! That makes us do the happy dance haha. We 100% agree about splurging on healthy food. It’s worth it!

  • Kasie

    January 28, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    I love these posts because they really inspire me to thing big picture in terms of my grocery runs. I always try to plan meals ahead of time, but end up making excuses when the time comes to actually make them.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 29, 2018 at 2:17 am

      Thanks Kasie! And it’s helpful when you ONLY have the ingredients you planned/shopped for in your fridge! It makes it so much easier to stick to the planned meals!

  • jordan @ dancing for donuts

    January 29, 2018 at 12:09 am

    i sooooo love your priorities/values/definition of healthy. i feel the same way!! and i much prefer to spend my money on fresh items (they’re cheaper than processed stuff anyway!) and eat more of that stuff than pre-made food or things in boxes and bags. thank you for sharing your grocery list – it’s super helpful!!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 29, 2018 at 2:18 am

      Thanks Jordan! Most people don’t realize that it usually IS easier to shop in the produce section rather than the aisles. Plus, it just tastes better!

  • Emily

    January 29, 2018 at 1:02 am

    It definitely looks like a ton of food, but I would go through that much food when I was eating clean in a week. So I can back you up!! Haha. You really have no choice but to eat it within the week because fresh produce goes bad pretty quickly. Though I will say that I buy some things organic (mostly fruits) just because they last longer than the GMO stuff. Seems counterintuitive, but works particularly well with bananas. They stay green for so long! And I haaaate bananas that are too ripe.

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 29, 2018 at 2:19 am

      Isn’t it crazy how much food you eat?! We love it. And YES! Buying mostly produce forces you to eat your food, unless you’re willing to waste all that money! (And we’re not rich!)

  • Eena

    January 29, 2018 at 1:42 am

    That is some intense grocery shopping right there! Do you guys normally make the same meals each week or do you switch it up?

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 29, 2018 at 2:20 am

      Haha this is literally EVERY week for us! You should see us trying to fit it all into the fridge. We definitely have some of our favorites on heavy rotation (soups, quinoa bowls, etc.), but we also try to think of something new at least once every week or two so we don’t get bored. It IS nice to become familiar with recipes, so they get easier to make!

  • jane

    January 29, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Ohhmmy i hope I can do this Susie.
    I am starting to remove carbs on my daily food routine and trying keto diet.
    I am on 1 week now and hoping to survive.

    Much Love, Jane | The Bandwagon Chic
    New Vlog Entry!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 30, 2018 at 3:38 am

      YOU CAN DO IT!! I’ve heard tons of people are successful with the keto diet. We suggest lots of avocado, coconut oil, and healthy nuts! Oh, and LOTS of veggies :). Don’t sweat it Jane, you’re a strong woman! Let us know how it goes and what you think about it!

  • Gabrielle

    January 29, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    You make a great point about most of your weekly shop’s food being perishable – I suppose the pressure must help in a way, as it ensures you eat it, or else risk wasting food! Seriously, at this point your bodies must be SO healthy! Haha I can just imagine how squeaky clean those organs are…

    aglassofice.com x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 30, 2018 at 3:39 am

      Haha but really! Especially when you open the fridge and that’s ALL that’s available (much to my dismay when I was hoping for chocolate cake). You’ve just gotta eat it since it’s your only option. It IS satisfying to think about having a healthy body INSIDE and out!

  • Rosanna

    January 29, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this, I really like almond and peanut butter!!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 30, 2018 at 3:39 am

      Haha clearly, so do we! We also discovered Nutzo, which is a nut and seed blend. And holy YUM. It’s delicious! You should try it!

  • Gemma

    January 29, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    This really is very inspiring! I can believe you feel amazing!

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 30, 2018 at 3:39 am

      Thanks Gemma! We definitely do!

  • Carly

    January 29, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    I definitely agree that planning is key. My husband and I have started making grocery lists and planning out our meals for the week instead of just grabbing whatever in the store and it makes a huge difference.

    Have a great week!
    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 30, 2018 at 3:40 am

      It makes a huge difference for us too. Especially me. I’m the queen of mindless/in the moment shopping. And then I end up with either a bunch of junk, or random things that I can’t even make a meal with. Planning is key!

  • Heather Rowland

    January 29, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    This is such a great post and it’s so relatable – my house is stocked full of pretty much all the same stuff! Definitely inspirational for clean eating!!

    Heather xoxo
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 30, 2018 at 3:41 am

      It definitely makes it easier to eat clean when you shop clean! So happy to hear your kitchen looks similar!

  • Britney

    January 30, 2018 at 5:50 am

    Thanks for the grocery/meal ideas. I want to start incorporating more healthy meals into my life this year as opposed to frozen meals and fast food. I’m doing terrible at it so far though, but that’s mainly because I’ve been working later hours, so the grocery store near my house is always closed on the way home. We just got a new Walmart that opened up down the road from where I live though, so now I don’t have an excuse. lol I love fruits and veggies, so I want to eat more of those.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 31, 2018 at 12:22 am

      Yes! Just WANTING to make the change is the biggest step Britney. Honestly, you’ve just got to get out of the habit of stopping for fast food, and if frozen meals are the only option, buy healthy ones and stock the freezer with those. Stock your car and purse with healthy snacks too. Once you get in that habit, you’ll become addicted to the feeling of eating healthy foods!

  • Kassy

    January 30, 2018 at 6:33 am

    Awesome!! That is so much great food and wonderful that you know exactly what you will make and be able to use all of those delicious items! 😀

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 31, 2018 at 12:23 am

      Thanks Kassy! It’s been a lot of learning to get us here!

  • Alessa

    January 30, 2018 at 8:16 am

    woow guys! wish you the best success on this, you can do it!! I’ll do the same!
    Please visit my Blog!

    http://www.alessabernal.com/
    Alessa Bernal

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 31, 2018 at 12:23 am

      Thanks lady!

  • Tales of Two

    January 30, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Very inspiring! We also shop mostly from week to week basis and avoid buying junk food. Infact ive never ever eaten a frozen pizza, some people get shocked hearing this but we were brought up on fresh food so thats what we are used to!

    http://www.talesoftwoblog.blogspot.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 31, 2018 at 12:25 am

      That’s AMAZING! We’ve definitely done our fair share of frozen pizzas in the past but now if we want that, we make our own. BUT, once you get in the habit of always eating fresh food, you realize how strange processed food is. Fresh is the way to go!

  • jade goddard

    January 30, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    amazing post!!

    jadieegosh

    Jadiee

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 31, 2018 at 12:25 am

      Thanks Jadiee!

  • Deborah Brooks

    January 30, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    It is always interesting to see what other people buy at the store each week. I sometimes over buy the produce and it gets mushy before I figure out how to eat it. My husband and son are not vegetarians so I try to balance their meals too.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 31, 2018 at 12:27 am

      Ben loves to use all our ‘almost bad’ veggies to make a soup! He cuts them all up and throws them in a pot to simmer. But just knowing ourselves and what we eat throughout the week help. I definitely get a little over enthusiastic and buy too much sometimes haha, so then Ben has double veggie duty!

  • All That I’m Eating

    January 30, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    So much clean and healthy food there! I only ever buy what I need for the week so I make sure we eat it all; no need to waste any of it!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 31, 2018 at 12:29 am

      Exactly! We waste WAY too much food in this world, and there’s no excuse for it. Even though it’s a lot of effort to shop like this every week, it’s worth it to have the empty fridge on Fridays. It’s a great feeling!

  • Zunera Mazhar

    January 30, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 31, 2018 at 12:29 am

      It really does! We fully believe in the power of a clean diet!

  • Courtney

    January 30, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Wow! I am so impressed. I wish i could eat like that but i live with my parents because i’m a high schooler, and i just eat what is in the house. Good for you!!! A lot of people could not eat like you.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 31, 2018 at 12:30 am

      Haha we totally get that, BUT, you can still plan to eat what you choose in a couple years! It’s so worth it to feel good!

  • Rebel

    January 30, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I have to do something like this too.. It actually looks really yummy!

    TheNormcoreRebel

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 31, 2018 at 12:30 am

      Thank you! It’s fun to see it all like this!

  • Sheena Sy Gonzales

    January 31, 2018 at 2:41 am

    That’s a lot of greens in one picture haha! But thank you fir sharing this. I’ve always wanted to incorporate a healthier way of eating in our household but i don’t know, it just seems like a tedious job thinking of an all healthy food choice. Your posts definitely make it easier. Thank you!

    Sheena | http://sheenalovessunsets.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 1, 2018 at 3:06 am

      Haha if you’d showed me this picture only a few years ago and told me I’d be eating that many greens, I would’ve never believed you! It’s all about making small changes over a long period of time. It adds up! Once it becomes habit, you don’t even think about it anymore!

  • Radi

    January 31, 2018 at 4:47 am

    My shopping bags looks similar to yours. Love filling up the fridge with healthy choices.

    http://www.fashionradi.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 1, 2018 at 3:06 am

      Woo hoo! We love that YOU love it!

  • jane

    January 31, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Just passing by Susan.
    Hope you had a great week

    Much Love, Jane | The Bandwagon Chic
    New Vlog Entry!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 1, 2018 at 3:07 am

      Thanks Jane! You too!

  • Valerie

    January 31, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    This post is awesome! I love that you laid out all the products you buy for the week! I’m definitely going to use this as a shopping guide! Thank you for sharing!

    http://roadesque.com
    http://ourruins.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 1, 2018 at 3:07 am

      Thanks Valerie! We’re so glad it helps!

  • Miriam – londonkitchendiaries.com

    February 1, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Great shopping list for a week of clean eating – the food looks so healthy and delicious and so nice that you linked it to a few of your recipes. Great inspiration. Have a nice upcoming weekend!

    Miriam x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 2, 2018 at 3:24 am

      Thanks Miriam! We hope to just add a little inspiration to the process! You too!

  • Len Parent

    February 1, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Amazing blog post! Love this! Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Thursday
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 2, 2018 at 3:24 am

      Thanks Lady!

  • Missy May

    February 1, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Oh myyyyy look at that table!! A table of pure beauty, pure motivation/encouragement and good health. I love this! My grocery shopping looks like this with a mixture of the not-so-good treats too. I’m trying to reduce my carbs consumption this year but, the struggle is real.

    https://www.missymayification.co.uk

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 2, 2018 at 3:25 am

      Haha we feel you Missy! It’s so hard to really cut out all the bad stuff. BUT, Ben likes to say don’t cut foods out, ADD foods in. The more good food you’re eating, the less crappy food you end up eating. Try that!

  • Freeoversea

    February 1, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    You touched all the right spots of clean eating. This is pretty much our lifestyle and weekly shopping cart! As vegans and ethical consumers, the benefits of choosing a healthier diet are so many and everyone should consider it.
    Love the post 🙂

    xx

    Patricia & Miguel
    http://www.freeoversea.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      February 2, 2018 at 3:26 am

      SO true you guys! It’s ironic that it not only makes our bodies feel amazing, but it’s so much better for the environment, AND encourages higher ethical practices throughout the world. A little change goes a long way!

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