Reader Question: Grocery List

by Ashley on June 10, 2011

Hey Ashley! I love reading your blog and have an entry request. I was wondering if you would post a typical grocery list and how long it last you. If the items on the list are a weeks worth, months worth, etc. I think this might help me figure out staples for my pantry and just kind of where to start. Hope you are doing great!

Hello Reader!  So great to hear from you!  A grocery list is imperative, one of the most important things in order to appropriately tackle the grocery store.  I’ve typed out a grocery list below as a backbone for your trips.  Also, I do want to say that while I know that this is a lot and can be expensive at first, please remember that we rarely eat out: once a week at most, and that’s including all three meals.   Even when we go out of town, I still usually plan ahead and pack a cooler full of things we can throw together in the room: fresh fruit, almond/peanut butter, Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Bread, hummus, carrots, etc.  I know this probably seems crazy to some, maybe even most, but trying to eat healthy at a restaurant is next to impossible.

Recently, while in Columbia, SC, Dustin tried to order a veggie omelet at our hotel breakfast.  Healthy, right?  You would think, but no, not at all.  Dustin watched him pour nearly half a cup of liquid (?) butter in the pan before he made the omelet.  Why would someone that ordered a cheese-less, veggie omelet want it soaked in butter?  THEY DON’T.  That’s why I didn’t even attempt to order from there and rather, made a healthier option in the room.  If Dustin hadn’t been standing there, he would have had no idea that his supposed to be 300 calorie, healthy omelet would really have probably around 600 calories, with 50 grams of saturated fat.  UNNECESSARY.  Needless to say, this omelet went straight to the trash can and he followed my lead to a nut butter, banana sandwich in the room.

Also, I don’t buy EVERYTHING, EVERY WEEK.  Only when needed.  However, I do try to make one big trip to the grocery store a week.  I don’t like making several small trips; I spend wayyy more money that way.  And another thing, sometimes when I try crazy, unusual ingredient, new recipes, those ingredients aren’t included in this list and require a special trip.

Anyways, back to the grocery list 🙂

My Typical Grocery List/ Staples

(Depending on what’s needed)

(Non-vegetarian additions at the end):


  • Bag apples
  • Bananas
  • Frozen berries
    • Strawberries
    • Blueberries
    • Raspberries
  • Grapes
  • 1 Avacado
  • Lemons
  • Limes


  • Bag onions
  • Bag potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Head of garlic
  • Leafy greens
    • Spinach
    • Kale
    • Romaine
  • Bag carrots
  • Tomatoes (Fresh during summer/ canned during winter)
  • Zucchini
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • 1 Cucumber
  • Bag frozen veggies (to throw together a quick dinner)


  • Brown rice
  • Whole grain spaghetti/ pasta
  • Quinoa/ Couscous
  • 2 lbs. quick cooking oats
  • Steel cut oats
  • Ezekiel 7 Grain bread
  • Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Bread 

Dry beans: (or if you prefer, canned, but dry is much cheaper and doesn’t include BPA)

  • Black
  • Kidney
  • Lentils
  • Garbanzo (for homemade hummus)           


  • Raw almonds
  • Raw cashews
  • Raw walnuts
  • Raw sunflower seeds

 Processed Items:

  • Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • Crunchy Almond Butter
  • Spaghetti Sauce (Classico: Tomato and Basil)
  • Nature’s Path Cereal
  • Nut Thins crackers
  • Brown rice cakes
  • Non-dairy unsweetened milk (almond: plain and vanilla)
  • Whole-wheat panko bread crumbs
  • Stevia
  • Coffee
  • Salsa


  • Dark chocolate (70% cocoa or more)
  • Red wine
  • La Croix/Sparkling water
  • Spray Olive Oil


  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic powder
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Italian seasoning
  • Flax seeds/ Chia seeds
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • White vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Blue 100% Agave
  • Brown Mustard

Animal Products (for the hub):

  • 0% Fat-free Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Salmon
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • Chicken breast

I hope that this helps you!!

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