Jesus, I am a foodie.
On vacation, I can’t wait to hit the grocery stores. At home, I’m excited to be buying groceries and cooking again. I like food, what can I say?
So, first I have to show you the goods I picked up in Chicago.
On the way down, we stopped at Whole Foods in Ann Arbor, MI (and I had my first ever WF salad bar experience, but we’ll get to that tomorrow) and of course, I had to pick out a few things.
Bars and almond butter…that’s me.
- Luna Chocolate Peppermint Stick
- Luna Chocolate Dipped Coconut
- Luna Protein Cookie Dough
- Clif Z Bar Chocolate Brownie
- Clif Z Bar Iced Oatmeal Cookie
I’ve never seen Z bars anywhere around here, so of course I had to go for a few of those. The wall of bars at WF was amazing! I tried to restrain myself, because I knew I had a few more grocery stores to hit up.
I’ve been wanting to try Justin’s Almond Butter for years. Umm…wow. The wait was 100% worth it. That is amazing stuff! Definitely worth the price tag.
And of course, I love my Zevia. I hadn’t tried Dr. Zevia before and it was pretty good! My favourite is still Ginger Root Beer
Cats Cookies! I had to double check to make sure I wasn’t accidently buying myself cat treats, but we were good. They kind of remind me of animal crackers!
The famous cookie butter!
I pretty much want to eat that stuff with every meal – I don’t think it’s going to be lasting very long. (and note to self: clean the microwave).
P.S. Dipping the cat cookies into the cookie butter is the best idea ever. Heaven.
I might actually like these better than Reese’s. That is a big deal, people.
Can you tell I like dark chocolate? This was a reader recommendation and it sounded amazing, so I picked one up.
I was disappointed by the lack of pumpkin-flavoured things…I must have been a few weeks too late! Good thing I like plan yogurt too.
I like hummus. A lot. Therefore, I’m going to like 3 kinds of hummus at once. I tried this stuff at lunch yesterday and it is wonderful!
Panda Puffs! One of my favourite cereals, and it was ridiculously cheap to boot. I can’t decide if I like the new Panda Bear though…
Definitely happy with my TJ’s purchases! But because it wasn’t enough for me…we stopped at Meijer’s on the way home.
Precious, precious Chobani! I got apple cinnamon, pomegranate and strawberry banana.
I’ve determined that pudding is amazing and needs to be consumed more often. Plus I love cake. and sprinkles (obviously). So I’m excited for this!
And a final stop at Duty Free…
I have an obsession with flavoured vodkas – usually, Three Olives. This is added to the cupboard that also contains bubblegum vodka, cake vodka and marshmallow vodka.
I’m already making use of the new purchases:
Chocolate protein pancake + Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter is amazing. The texture of the almond butter is a bit gritty, but the flavour is absolutely delicious – sweet and nutty. I really need to pick up some pretzels for dipping!
And just in case that wasn’t enough, now you get to see my regular grocery purchases. I went out yesterday afternoon – we were desperately in need of produce. I managed to hit my budget almost to the dollar; not bad!
why hello, sea of plastic bags.
- white potatoes
- sweet potatoes
- bell peppers
- butternut squash
Protein and Dairy
- smoked salmon
- pork chops
- unsweetened almond milk
- stewing beef
- Veggie Patch Buffalo Wings (they were on sale and I was intrigued)
- eggs (disappointed that I wasn’t able to make it to the Farmer’s Market this weekend! Much prefer my farm fresh eggs)
- canned diced tomatoes
- plum sauce
- lean cuisines
- canned beans
- whtie flour
- white sugar
- icing sugar (there was a sale on baking stuff, I decided to stock up in anticipation for Christmas baking)
- english muffins
Definitely got my moneys worth!
The meal plan for the week:
- Sunday: chicken and veggies
- Monday: Slow-cooker beef stew and garlic toast
- Tuesday: smoked salmon and cream cheese on a bagel
- Wednesday: pork chops and salad
- Thursday: baked penne
- Friday: leftovers/out
- Saturday: out at Eric’s company Christmas party
It’ll be a good week. 😀
I was so excited for a good, home cooked meal last night.
Baked chicken breast, roasted butternut squash and steamed broccoli.
I roasted the squash in coconut oil with cinnamon, salt and a bit of brown sugar. This was the simple, tasty meal my body was craving!
I was going to talk about my workouts while I was in Chicago, but I think I’ve chewed your ear (eye? How does that saying work over the internet?) off enough for one morning, so I’ll squish it in tomorrow.
And now, back to the reality that is graduate school. Chicago, you were fun while it lasted!
<—Have you tried any of the products I picked up? Any favourites?
<— Do you love grocery shopping as much as I do? Or are you a grocery-hater?