Friday, August 2, 2019

A Healthy, Plant-Based Grocery Haul!

Hey muffins! Recently I shared my tips and tricks for how you can "Zero Waste Your Kitchen", and I wanted to add on to that post by sharing my typical grocery store haul with you all today! I cannot believe how different my grocery shopping experience has become ever since I started my journey towards living zero waste, so I hope this post inspires some of you all to try and make your own shopping more sustainable. 😊

Bottles and Bulk Bins
*Half gallon of milk ($5) - This milk comes in a glass bottle that has a $2 deposit on it that is returned when you bring the glass bottle back. While it is pricier than a typical gallon of milk, I think it is worth it to support my local farmers!

*One dozen eggs (Not pictured, $0.99) - The eggs I purchased came in a recyclable cardboard container instead of those nasty Styrofoam ones that are way too common. 🤔

*Extra Firm Tofu (8 oz, $1.99) - While I haven't fully decided if I want to become a vegetarian, I haven't had meat in a couple of weeks... So tofu has been an essential! I prefer extra firm because you can bake it in the oven or fry it quite quickly.

*Basmati rice (1.15 pounds, $2.75) - My city only has one store with bulk bins. Even though it doesn't have everything I could want in bulk, it does carry the essentials. I bring my own bags with me (find out my other bulk bin tips here!) and then transfer my bulk goodies into mason jars when I get home. Jasmine and basmati are my favorite types of rice, and the basmati was on sale 😅

*Sesame sticks (0.64 pounds, $3.19) - I pack my own lunch for work and avoid all individually packaged snacks by buying from the bins! Along with sesame sticks I love to buy dried fruits as well.

*Nutritional yeast (0.23 pounds, $4.14) - Because I haven't been eating meat, I wanted to make sure I still got all the nutrients I need. I know a lot of vegetarians use nutritional yeast, so I picked some up!

*Jelly beans for the boyfriend (0.41 pounds, $3.69) - I normally avoid all bulk bin candy (as it tends to be much more expensive), but my boyfriend has been talking about how he was craving jelly beans for about a week... So I just had to treat him 😘

Fruit and Veg
*Bananas (6, $0.85) - Bananas are perfect for lunches and my favorite summer treat: frozen PB Banana Snacks!

*Vidalia onion ($0.69) - I always have a diced onion in my fridge to add extra flavor to dinners. 🙂

*Avocados (2, $1.99)

*Broccoli (1.36 pounds, $1.35) - Roasted broccoli in the summer is AMAZING. Enough said.

*Mangoes (2, $1) - I am not a huge fan of mango, but they were on sale.... 😂

*Yukon golden potatoes (3, $1.03) - I don't usually make a lot of potato dishes, but I want to try to bake them in the oven soon. Let me know your favorite potato recipes!

*Nectarines (4, $1.58) - Again, these are perfect for lunches or in some Greek yogurt. Yum! 🍑

Overall, I spent less than $30 on this healthy, plant-based grocery trip! I was able to avoid a lot of plastic and unnecessary packaging by utilizing the produce and bulk sections, and I highly recommend you all give that a try as well! 🥳 If you are interested in seeing more posts like this, let me know!

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