If you’ve followed me on Instagram, you’ll see on my Stories that I often show inside my fridge. There’s something so appealing about knowing what other people have stocked for when hunger strikes, and followers seem to love it.
So here’s what goes into my basket on a regular basis – my regular staples that you’ll find gracing the recipe pages most often. Don’t get me wrong, I usually go out for breakfast on weekends, or even enjoy a spoonful or two of my boyfriend’s ice-cream on a Friday night. Life is all about balance after all, right? Keeping tempting foods out of the house and out of reach really helps when it comes to a healthy diet.
If you only stock good food in your house, you’ll only eat good food.
Scroll down to see what I look for when buying food.
My usual shop:
Focus on fresh, and then use the Health Star Rating (more on this below) to choose the healthiest packaged foods.
- Almond Milk
- Salmon (smoked + fresh fillets)
- Tinned tuna
- Turkey Mince
- Bananas (for ice cream and smoothies)
- Herbs + Spices
- Sparkling water
- Nut butter
- Greek Yoghurt
- Cherry tomatoes
- Salad leaves
- Tomato Puree
- Cottage Cheese
- 85% Dark Chocolate
What I look for when grocery shopping:
I always try to fill at least 70% of my basket with fresh produce. That is made up of fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, organic eggs and fish.
When it comes to the remaining 30% – tinned tomatoes, almond milk, nuts, seeds, yoghurt, protein bars and so on, it’s important to know what’s going into your foods. The Australian Government has made it much easier for us here – with Health Star Ratings now on the front of many packaged foods. When you’re in a hurry and don’t fancy navigating heaps of nutritional panels, the star ratings are super helpful. Quite simply, a 5 star yoghurt is healthier than a 3 star yoghurt. The star rating is based on a number of nutritional factors to compare products in the same category.
Discounts on expensive items – such as organic chicken.
I try to wait until a store has sale on their organic meats that are coming to the end of their best before date, and then load up the freezer. You save your pocket AND waste.
What foods always make it into your basket at the grocery store? Let me know if the comments below!
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