My Shopping Trip

I get asked a lot of times about our groceries, what we buy, how much we spend, etc.  I even get stopped at the grocery store sometimes from someone making a comment about the contents in my grocery cart.

After my shopping trip yesterday I decided to display all my produce on my table in a color pattern and take pictures for a blog post.  I will share with you the produce I bought for my family of four for about a week.  Some items will be gone faster and other items may last longer….I am sure you know what I am talking about!

 
Starting with the left side and moving towards the right:

RED

1 package of 6 organic Roma tomatoes: $2.69

1 package of pre cut watermelon: $3.60

4 packages of organic raspberries: 2 packs for $6 so $12 total (yes, I know $12 bucks for raspberries???)

1 bunch of beets: $1.99

4 packages of frozen organic strawberries: 2 packs for $5 so $10 total

ORANGE

2 bags of grapefruits: $2.99 each

2 bags of big organic carrots: 2 for $3!!!!  This is a steal!!!!

2 bags of organic mini carrots: 2 for $3

2 bags of juicing oranges: $3.99 each

1 box of cuties: $4.99

YELLOW:

2 bags of lemons: $2.99 each

1 bunch organic bananas: $1.56

3 Mangos: 3 for $5

1 papaya: $2.50

1 bunch of organic golden beets: $2.59

2 pineapples: $2.99 each

1 -5 lb bag of organic potatoes (forgot to add these in the picture) $2.99

GREEN

1 big container of organic spinach: $4.99

2 packages of organic romaine lettuce: $3.29 each

1 package of organic celery: $1.99

4 bunches of organic kale: $1.99 each

1 package of limes: $2.69

3 organic green peppers: $1.69 each

1 package of 4 organic kiwis: $2.99

1 package of 4 organic avocados: $2.99

1 regular avocado (needed a ripe one and the organic weren’t ripe yet) $1.89 (rip off!)

3 english cucumbers: $1.69 each

2 bunches or organic Rainbow chard lettuce: $1.99 each

BLUE

2 packs of organic blueberries: 2 for $5

PURPLE

1 purple onion $1.09

These items are not the only items I purchase….we do eat more than just produce!  I also purchased items such as: organic whole grain bread, organic pasta sauce, organic rice, organic coffee (yes, I do drink coffee), organic eggs, sunflower seeds, almonds, sweet potato chips, organic tortilla chips, salsa, organic cereal, almond milk, coconut milk, spelt pretzels, organic crackers, organic black beans and Cholula sauce(Love this stuff!)

I will also add that I did purchase extras this week because as a family we have been juicing every day.  I needed more carrots, lemons, and greens than what I would normally buy.  I also didn’t need to buy apples (stocked up on organic ones at Trader Joe’s the week before), and I also had parsley and watercress from the week before.

Our juice that we drank today included:

celery, golden beets, carrots, apples, lemons, parsley, watercress, and rainbow chard!

The kids LOVED it!!

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14 thoughts on “My Shopping Trip

      • ok, so that is about the same as my produce total/week. sometimes more/sometimes less depending upon the market I visit. it’s just a large #, and I was hoping it was less b/c for many that sort of spending is just not feasible IF they are also purchasing various prepared food items, meat, etc. so actually [lightbulb] I have another blog post idea for you! I’ll go leave it on the FB page!

      • Yeah, I know it is a large number for most people and I do spend sometimes more and sometimes less…it seems like in the summer I spend less…more produce is in season plus I grow a lot of my own veggies….it stinks that healthy food costs so much!!

  1. I went grocery shopping today and thought of this post the whole time… My basket was looking a little to green as I was checking out, but Im still learning how to eat and cook greens…. I did pick up some Kale and a Leek today… Im gonna figure out how to use them in a salad who in some yummy way… I really appreciate your wisdom that you so freely give…. its always a bummer to find a website that you think is gonna be so awesome and you get into it and find out you have to pay an arm and a leg to get the info… anyway… thanks!!!

    cindie

  2. I love your blog and I just wanted to add something helpful!
    Breville Juicer is the best – I highly recommend it. I suggest getting it from Amazon as well, you will get for the best price http://amzn.to/vZGpa9

    This is my third juicing machine. My first was a Champion which served without problems for years. On the plus side it was powerful and durable. On the down side it was rather noisy, vibrated a lot and left a lot of juice in the pulp and was hard to clean. My second juicer was the omega screw machine which I still have. I bought it because it also did wheat grass. On the plus side it is quiet and juices anything, makes nut butter and extracts a lot of juice leaving very dry pulp. On the down side it is slow and worst of all the feed tube is really small. You have to do a lot of cutting to get things small enough to get into the feed tube. I pretty much only use it for wheatgrass now. The Breville is the best juicer I have had. It is an example of good product design in that it is simple, practical and attractive. It is powerful, has a feed tube large enough to take large whole carrots, beets and small apples. It is quiet, comes apart easy and cleans up quickly. The capture pitcher which nests into the machine has a nice cover so you can store the juice for later. If making juice is a hassle you’re going to put off doing it. This juicer makes juicing easy and not a hassle.

  3. I LOVE seeing what other moms buy for their families. And, I love your spread. How gorgeous with all that color! Did you see the latest issue of Whole Living? There are pages and pages of foods broken out by color (similar to what you did). I am going to cut those pages out and paste them to a big board in our kitchen. There are some more obscure fruits and veggies so I thought it might help us expand what we eat and try new foods.

  4. Funny you get asked about what you put in your grocery cart. I wish that happened to me! I run into people at the store and they say shamefully, “Don’t look at what’s in my cart!” I guess I am the food police!

    • LOL-that is funny!!! One time I was stocking up on reduced bananas and someone asked me about it and I figured I would just have fun with it so I said….they are for my pet monkey and then I walked away!!! LOLOL

  5. Yum! That looks so good!! I feel like we spend way more than most on our groceries b/c I’m so darn picky about what we buy (organic, fair-trade, local, etc.) but to me it’s worth it. What’s better than making what we put in our bodies a priority? Now you’re making me want to go use the juicer with all that produce!!

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