Let me start by saying this – shopping for “clean” foods was a bit harder than I thought! Items that I thought would surely be fine either had far more than 5 ingredients (one of the CE standards), or had ingredients listed that I couldn’t pronounce! For example, the “healthier” version of kids yogurt that I had been buying and feeling good about, because of it’s lack of HFCS or artificial flavors or colors still had a heck of a lot of preservatives added. Or the shredded cheese I had planned on buying had something like 15 ingredients listed between all of the “anti-caking”, “anti-mold” and even color added. I wasn’t as surprised by the yogurt thing, but the shredded cheese shocked me! Plus, I was bummed about not getting to stock up on it.
Next week I plan to hit a farmer’s market or two and stock up on local veggies. I also plan to buy more than I need so that I can freeze some of the extras for use later this fall and winter. Also, it should be noted that this week was a bit higher than I wanted for the first trip of the month, but I also ended up buying some items that will last well into the month (like flax seed, yeast and honey). Nick and the boys are out at Sam’s Club picking up milk right now, which will add about $9 to the total.
Eggs – 5 dozen
Roll of paper towel
Old Fashioned Oats – 2 containers
Donut Shop Blend Coffee (I’ve become a bit of a coffee snob, and only like buying Starbucks coffee, but I tried this Aldi coffee last week and found it acceptable! Plus, it’s $5 a bag cheaper!)
Cheese sticks – 2 bags
Strawberries – 1 pound
Kiwi – 2 packages of 5 each
Local honey (Lesson in always figuring out cost per ounce – the medium sized bottle ended up being cheaper per ounce – not the largest like you would assume!)
Whole Wheat Flour
Paper lunch bags
Jar of yeast
Flax Seed (Any tips for grinding, by the way? Will my food processor work?)
Organic vanilla yogurt – 2 containers @ 2lbs each
Organic Quinoa (I’ve never had this before, so this should be an adventure!)
Chicken Leg Quarters – 6.9 lbs
Mozzarella – 8oz block
Baby carrots – 4 pounds
Green Grapes – 2.38 pounds
Boneless Skinless chicken breast – 2.36 pounds
Ground beef (80% lean) – 3.53 pounds
Frozen veggies – 5 bags @ 1 pound each
Avocado – 2
Organic salad mix – 1 pound
Lemons – 2
Mushrooms – 2 packages (By request by the boys!)
Surprises: I already mentioned the yogurt and shredded cheese, but even some of the solid cheese surprised me. Most of the “yellow” cheeses had some sort of color added! I wish I had thought to check the cheese ingredients at Aldi when I grabbed those cheese sticks, because those have some gross ingredients listed too. Darn! Learning experience for sure…
I had also planned to buy lemon juice to use for flavoring foods, but that had an ingredient list of 7 or 8 and most of them were words I couldn’t pronounce, so I went with actual lemons. Earlier this past week I checked the ingredient list for some fat free half and half and was shocked to discover preservatives listed! There were fewer ingredients (and I could pronounce them all) in the Coffee Mate Natural Bliss creamer I ended up picking up. I’m sure these are just the first of many food buying surprises this month.
Grand total: $114.85
(Here’s hoping my theory of this being the biggest week is true! )
I’ve already hard boiled a dozen of the eggs to use as snacks, and baked a couple of loaves of bread. Next up is doing some meal prep to make things easier throughout the week!