So, this weekend, I will admit – I was lazy and did not go to the grocery store to plan/prep my meals for the week. What’s that saying…..FAIL TO PLAN then PLAN TO FAIL?? OOOOh — riiiight…..yes, that is exactly what happened to me!! It was Monday and I was stuck eating eggs, some random veggies we had left in the freezer, 5 almonds and then my daughter’s snacks!! NOT. GOOD!
Needless to say, it left me feeling unprepared, starving, and disappointed in myself for not going to the market, when I had time, over the weekend! So off I went, bright and early this morning ((childless, I may add….yay)), grabbed a coffee, put on some personal development on my iPhone and listened as I shopped!! Multi-tasking at it’s best! 😉
Here are some tips for fast and efficient grocery shopping that will leave you with healthy, clean-eatin’ foods!
Quick and Efficient Grocery Shopping in Under 30 Minutes:
KEY —–> SHOP THE PERIMETER of the store
Stick to the produce section ————> THINK
Veggies (peppers, cucumbers, cauliflower, tomatoes, onions, squash, carrots, sweet potatoes………. GO NUTS!)
Fruits (apples, berries, grapes, bananas, melon, pears………..)
Move to the back of the store for lean proteins ————–> THINK
Lean Ground Turkey
Lean Ground Chicken
Then move to the DAIRY section ————–> THINK
Low fat cheeses
Cottage Cheese, lowfat
FROZEN SECTION ————> THINK
Organic Turkey Sausage
AISLES ————–> THINK
I hope that this quick post will help you to get started on how and what to buy while at the market. Once you have a “system” down…you can be finished with your shopping for the week in 30 minutes!! I am a busy mom and I don’t have time to search and seek throughout the store. You need to go in with a plan, shop the perimeter, grab a few items in the aisles and be done! FIRST plan out your weekly meals and make your meal plan and then go shopping. Below is an example of a meal plan that I use for The 21 Day Fix:
Take time on a Sunday to go over different meal options for the week.
Write down the items that you will need for your meals.
Grab them at the store.
PLAN AHEAD & PREP your meals ahead of time:
Slice and dice all of your fruits and veggies to have them ready and ON HAND for grab & go!
Hard Boil eggs
Sort out your almonds and put them in baggies/containers
Bake chicken and sweet potatoes for the week
Have a water bottle that is easy to refill
Use mustard’s and balsamic vinegars to use as “dressings”
PLAN AHEAD to be prepared for the week ahead. NO ONE wanted to be forced to go through a drive-thru because you are famished! Have something always on hand to have in case of an “emergency”, I always have almonds in my bag and my huge jug of water.
YOU ARE WORTH IT —- Take the time to plan and you WILL NOT FAIL!!! 🙂