Monday, July 16, 2012

weekend review: stocking up

I'm back from my relaxing vacation and week away from the blog! I assure you I did not take one single photograph and I consumed vacation-sized amounts of brownies and beer.

Instead of sharing my usual weekend recipe creations (mostly because I did not create anything), today I decided to share with you the goods from my weekly grocery trip (I find this weirdly fascinating - and thought you might too? If not, humor me). What you see here is representative of my typical weekly purchase (see footnotes for additional details).

Figure 1. This week's grocery haul separated according to how I think about my food (from left to right): cereal, miscellaneous, carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, and protein sources.

Figure 2. Cereal (is in its own category in my head apparently): rolled oats (for making granola), Kellogg's All-Bran, EnviroKids Organic Koala Crisp (no comment), and Kashi Indigo Morning.

Figure 3. Miscellaneous: balsamic vinegar, honey, agave nectar, cinnamon Altoids, Jell-O Dark Chocolate Pudding Mousse, two containers of Silk original almond milk, and Enjoy Life soy-free chocolate chips.

 Figure 4. Carbohydrates: a box of Near East wild mushroom couscous and two sweet potatoes.

Figure 5. Fruits and vegetables (the produce aisle makes me happy): six bananas, three Golden Delicious apples, three peaches, a pound of asparagus, two on-the-vine tomatoes, a pint of grape tomatoes, carrots, two zucchini, an eggplant, romaine lettuce, and a package of spinach.

Figure 6. Protein sources: crumbled goat cheese, cottage cheese, plain Greek yogurt, Amy's Sonoma veggie burgers, two avocados, and eggs.

Footnotes
*This food is all for me. 
*I will certainly consume all of the produce (I even may have to make a mid-week banana/spinach run) and milk and likely consume all of the cereal, cheese, and yogurt this week. 
*I eat 90-100% of my meals from home.  
*Of course, I have many things on hand in my pantry (e.g., peanut butter, nuts, quinoa, pasta) and freezer (e.g., chicken, bread) that will pair with these purchases.  
*Usually I make more complicated recipes on the weekend that require additional ingredients not included in this purchase. 
**Most importantly, I really wanted a pint of Arctic Zero to be included in this purchase - but they recalled it and my heart is now broken.

26 comments:

  1. I love posts like these!! I'm really fascinated by other people's food. Whatever =)

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    1. haha! glad to hear i'm not the only one who loves these posts :) seems like most do!

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  2. wait they recalled arctic zero?????? WHATTTT

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    1. it's true and tragic. check out the link i added in the footnote.

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  3. that is my absolute favorite brand of cottage cheese. Is it just me or does it really taste THAT much better than any other brand I've had before? :)

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    1. i agree. this stuff is like candy!

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  4. Ohhh are the Koala Crisps as good as the peanut butter pandas!? I can't keep those in the house!

    I saw the recall about Arctic Zero. Yikes! Good thing I'm not allergic to milk...

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    1. i haven't had the peanut butter pandas - but i'm totally getting those. koala crisps are good (too sweet for breakfast in any real quantity) but they are great in small amounts added to sugarless cereal and as a snack!

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  5. I love posts like these!
    Koala crisps are delicious. Don't apologize ;)
    Also, glad you had a great vacation too!

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  6. I find grocery shopping oddly fascinating as well! I would go as far to say that it is one of my favorite hobbies :)

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    1. haha glad i'm not the only one!

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  7. Glad you had fun and made it back safely!

    I love that cereal makes up a huge corner of that picture. It's seriously it's own food group, yes?

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    1. i really do love cereal. might be my favorite meal of the day.

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  8. I find other people's grocery shopping trips fascinating too! You're not alone. Love it!

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    1. yay! glad i decided to post this then!

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  10. I love grocery shopping posts. I love learning what other people buy and how they use their purchases throughout the week!! I'm envious of all of your produce. I need to restock my house asap!!

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    1. a house without produce is a sad house indeed.

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  11. I definitely love seeing what other people buy at the store. I am always creeping on people grocery carts and trying to figure out what they're going to make. It gives me great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

    PS- had you ever tried Arctic Zero? I found it kind of meh.

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    1. i have had arctic zero! while it is certainly no ice cream substitute - i love being able to eat it in a mass quantity while not feeling guilty.

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  12. I loooove seeing what groceries people buy! I tend to eye people's carts at the grocery store too, but I find doing it in the blogging world to be more fun- I think it's because we are of a similar healthy mindset! I love your purchases, especially all that produce. And I love that EnviroKids cereal!

    Glad to hear you enjoyed your vacation and blog break. Also, very glad you are back and posting :)

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    1. yay! glad you enjoyed the post - glad to be back blogging!

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  13. AH! You freaked me out-- when you said that Arctic Zero was recalled I thought that it was PERMANENTLY!! Thank goodness, that stuff is too precious (especially covered in nut butter :D)

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    1. ah! that would truly be tragic. i sure hope the are relabeling (quickly).

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  14. I love seeing other people's grocery hauls! I'm so nosy. (:
    Your refrigerator and pantry must look identical to mine because I buy almost the exact same products!

    I'm so glad you enjoyed your blogging break. We're happy to have you back though! <3

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