Sunday, February 17, 2019

My healthy life journey: what needs to be on your grocery list!

Sunday, a day of rest, spending time with loved ones, and preparing for the new week ahead.  But, if you're me, in addition to all of those things, it's also the day you go to the grocery store.  A place I sometimes hate to go to and other times I enjoy.  
I started my journey of living a healthy lifestyle back in November and I've been doing rather well.  But, the last two weeks I haven't been as good as I want to be in the kitchen.  So, to motivate myself and hopefully you as well, I wanted to share some of my favorite items to pick up at the grocery store that are easy and simple.  Here's what's on my weekly grocery list that I think everyone should try and that I'll be buying today!

Breakfast items:

  • Maple Brown Sugar "Lower Sugar" Instant Oatmeal (store brand or quaker)
  • Natural Jif Peanut Butter "Lower Sodium"
  • Almond Milk (I get Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened)
----->These three items I use almost every morning together as my breakfast.  It takes me less than 5 minutes to put this together.  I personally like to add peanut butter to my oatmeal, it gives it a better taste, I only add a small bit, you don't need much.  
  • Carton Egg Whites
  • Turkey Bacon (I like the ButterBall brand in lower sodium)
  • Salsa
----->I trade these out every other day. So if Monday was turkey bacon, Tuesday would be egg whites.  I prefer to cook my turkey bacon in a skillet, but on school mornings ya best believe I zap those in the microwave, still good in my opinion.  I also "have" to add salsa to my egg whites.  They are rather bland with just pepper, so I put salsa on top and it makes a world of difference. (Did I use that reference right? I hope so!)


  • bagged Fuji Apples (it comes with like 10ish apples and they are small so I eat one every day during my 2nd core)
  • Rice Cakes (I prefer the caramel and chocolate ones, and of course, I add peanut butter to it hehe)
  • Greek Yogurt (I get the Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek Nonfat)
  • Nature Valley Bars (I like the peanut ones, surprise surprise!  But I only eat these 1-2 times a week since it has added sugars)


  • Chicken Chicken and more Chicken.  I pretty much eat chicken every day for lunch and sometimes dinner.  I cook it several ways.  I season it with Cavenders All Purpose Greek Seasoning, one of my roommates in college introduced me to it and I've used it ever since.  It looks like this.
    I also marinate chicken in Italian Dressing and occasionally will do bbq chicken.
  • Sweet Potato (with some brown sugar)
  • Broccoli (steam-fresh)
  • Corn (steam-fresh)
  • Black Beans
  • Deli Turkey (The kind that its sliced from the Deli at Food Lion or Harris Teeter)
  • Deli Provolone Cheese (I do cheese and turkey roll ups when I get tired of chicken)

That's basically it y'all.  It does get dull but I've found that this works well for my body and I do enjoy what I'm eating.  In the summer when more vegetables are in season around here, I love to get squash, green beans, and  zucchini from my grandparents garden.

Share with me some of your EASY healthy recipes!  I'm always wanting something new.
Anyone else on a healthy journey?! Please share with me, I love it when I have others who are into the same thing as me.