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.
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).
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.
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!
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 :).