Food Diary

What’s in my grocery cart?

I’m starting my first day of spring quarter tomorrow so I planned out all my meals for the week. Which means, today was grocery day! I made a list of all the foods & only bought those foods at the grocery store. That meant no picking up random cookies, snacks and chips because I already planned out my meals & snacks!! No excuses.

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Let’s start with my Trader Joe’s food. I love Trader Joes. It’s basically my backyard (2 minute walk from my house)
Superfood Pilaf: I get really lazy when I get home from school. This frozen food is easy to make by just heating it up in a pan! It contains minimal ingredients & has your vegetables + grains too! It has tricolor quinoa with sweet potato, carrots and kale. Also has high fiber, because I love high fiber.
Middle Eastern Whole Wheat Flatbread: So much better than tortillas in my opinion. I can make my chicken or turkey wrap. Or gyros! I can wrap it with anything when I don’t have much time to make lunch.
Whole Wheat Bread: Because bread is essential to have in every home at all time. For sandwiches or a toast as snack/breakfast.

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Chia Seeds: This means more Chia Seed pudding is going to be made! I’m still trying out different recipes. A bag is $4.99 but it lasts a while!
Hemp Seeds: This is my first time buying them, I hope they’re good. I plan to make some granola bars from scratch with them. I can also blend them in smoothies or sprinkle it on top of my oats or chia pudding.

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Spinach: I love spinach. I’m also making spring rolls tonight and I prefer lettuce in them over lettuce!
Bell Peppers: Tricolor, woo! They ran out of the mini baby ones but it’s okay. I usually cook bell peppers with my chicken.
Edamame: Can I say these are such a great snack that keeps me full long? It’s a perfect post workout snack. I put it in boiling water for 5 minutes, sprinkle it with salt & it’s ready!

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My two main sources of meat are turkey & chicken.
Turkey: I usually get ground turkey because I cook it with other foods such as tofu, vegetables. I always have ground turkey with my pasta sauce. I’m going to need to look up and play around with some turkey meat recipes.
Chicken Breast: Yum. Going to use some of this for my spring rolls tonight! I usually stir fry my chicken with vegetables or noodles.
Shrimp: Not pictured… because my dad cooked them before I can take a picture. But they’re going to be used for spring rolls tonight! So excited.

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Mejool Dates: I’m going to make some 3 ingredient peanut butter bars soon and it uses dates instead of processed sugars.
Strawberries: For my chia seed pudding toppings, smoothies & snack.
Pineapples: Have you had pineapples in your spring rolls before? No? Go try it. I’m going to add them into my spring rolls tonight. Also, they’re a perfect addition to a smoothie & a snack as well.

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Autumn Wheat Cereal: 29 pieces is 180 calories. 6g of sugar, 5g of fiber, 1 g of fat. I’ll say not bad. There is healthier cereal, but I like the taste of these. Not many people like this because of the “cardboard” taste. It’s very very wheaty & dry. I like it though!
Avocados: Avocado. Avocado. I love avocado. I put it on my toast, in my sandwiches, in my wraps. They’re so healthy and good. I need to make sure I don’t eat too much though. Even though they’re high in healthy fats, it’s easy to over-consume.

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Done with my Trader Joes grocery list!
Today, I went to get an acai bowl at Elements Natural Foods in West Covina. Let me say… it was delicious. I ate the whole thing after lunch too. I would say it had around 600 calories? Dang, 3 hours later and I’m still full. It’s a pretty decent sized store that sells organic produce, organic foods, skin care items, salads, acai bowls, etc! I love that place now.

I had a Power Bowl. Which was a blend of Acai, banana, strawberry, protein powder, peanut butter and almond milk. The toppings were banana, hemp seeds, granola and honey. That’s lot of ingredients… and I ate it all. The cup was almost as big as a regular yogurtland cup x2. So addicting though… can I go back?

I bought 3 items there!
Spring Roll Wrapper: For tonights spring rolls. I’m also saving some for the future, I’ll be trying different variations of spring rolls. Also, does anyone know any sauce recipes for a spring roll dipping sauce? Preferably not spicy or with peanuts? I like fish sauce the best.
Organic Cha Soba (green tea noodles): Going to make some stir fry noodles for lunch or dinner sometime this week. I’ve never tried this, but I’m excited to try this out!

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Saved the best for last.
Pure Acai Puree: I’M GOING TO MAKE ACAI BOWLS AT HOME. It was only $5.99 for this pack, which has 4 pouches. I can make 4 bowls here. I’m so excited, I just hope I don’t mess up.

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Here’s all my food!

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I don’t like to buy too many foods at once, because they might go bad before I can eat it all. My family eats somewhat differently than me. My brother eats fried chicken, fried tofu, white rice, and not really anything I eat. Basically, not as healthy as me, haha! My mom is too busy at work all the time, so whenever I cook it’s usually just for myself. Anyways, I have my meals planned out so I’ll be able to use all the ingredients that can’t be stored long within a week.

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