grocery haul + what I’m meal prepping

Happy Wednesday! We’re half way through the week – if you’re anything like me you’re muttering “you got this” to yourself multiple times throughout the day. I’m finally back with a Wellness Wednesday post y’all will hopefully enjoy – this has actually been one of my most requested posts and I just now got around to feeling like I had a grocery haul worth sharing.

As many of you have seen/read by now, I’ve switched over to a flexitarian diet (these days it basically means weekday vegan because weekends tend to be a little more lenient, but I’m hoping to work on that). I recently invested in a couple plant-based cookbooks to keep me motivated, inspired, and stocked up with new recipes to try.

Transitioning over to a new way of eating can be tricky because it can often require stocking up on new pantry essentials – I’m still in the beginning stages of that process so my “grocery haul” actually felt like a haul for once.

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  • Kale – I swear I use kale for everything. Protein shakes/smoothies, salads, kale chips… this is pretty much something I always have on hand.
  • Cucumber
  • Red onion
  • Sweet potato
  • Parsley
  • Green bell peppers
  • Avocados
  • Lemons – I’m starting to keep more lemons on hand because of their alkaline + anti-inflammatory properties. I’m starting to make my own lemon juice too using water + whole peeled lemon slices. Lemon juice has a lot more nutritional value that way!
  • Green onions
  • Roma tomatoes


  • Halos
  • Rice cakes – I like to bring 2 cakes with me to work and top with guacamole, but I love how versatile they can be because you could literally top them with anything you want!
  • Guacamole – I would normally prefer fresh guacamole, but seeing as how it doesn’t keep as long as I would want it for, I’ve been using these little guacamole cups instead. They’re so easy to grab to take on the go and keep me from having to make + store my own during my busy weeks.


When it comes to grains I’ve been trying to do gluten free, but I’m going to try going back to regular whole wheat for a bit to see how I feel with primarily focusing on plant-based. However, it’s likely I’ll go back to gluten free, especially once I’m stocked up on all the new pantry essentials.

  • Whole wheat pitas
  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • Whole wheat penne
  • Bread crumbs


  • Almond butter – I prefer the salt + sugar free
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Pitted dates – for making date syrup
  • Almonds – primarily for making homemade almond milk, but also for snacking!
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Navy beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Black beans – I prefer dry beans, even though they take a little extra effort. I just feel better knowing they haven’t been sitting in a can full of salty syrup.
  • Paprika
  • Turmeric – one of my new favorites to have in the spice cupboard! I never can taste it but it is well known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties!
  • Celery seeds*
  • Dry mustard*

*these are seasonings I needed for a savory spice blend but I knew I wouldn’t need a lot of, so instead of spending $4 for a full jar, I went to Sprouts and used their bulk section instead! It saved me so much money on something I knew I’d only reach for a handful of times.

F R I D G E / F R E E Z E R

  • Frozen berries – I use these for my chia seed pudding + for protein shakes! I love buying frozen instead of fresh. The flavor is better + it keeps so much longer.
  • White miso paste – one of my new cookbooks calls for this ingredient pretty often!

TOTAL: $94.57


When I go grocery shopping, I usually do it for 2 weeks at a time. It just generally prefer to have everything I need on hand for the pay period and avoid the craze of the grocery store as much as I can lol. I pulled my recipes from the How Not to Die (HNTD) and No Meat Athlete (NMA) cookbooks. Here are the meals I have planned for this week + next!

W E E K 1

  • Chia seed pudding (with frozen berries or almond butter!)
  • Black bean burgers (HNTD) + Sesame-Turmeric Fries (NMA)
  • Golden Quinoa Tabouli (HNTD)

W E E K 2

  • Breakfast bean burritos (NMA)
  • Pasta marinara with Italian bean balls (NMA)
  • BLAT Pitas (NMA)

I hope y’all found this post useful + are able to pull some inspiration from it!

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