Grocery Haul · Healthy Eats + Treats

Grocery Haul #1: 1/5/2020

Grocery shopping can either make or break a person’s week. Christian & I have been doing a pretty solid job when it comes to shopping once a week for everything we need (versus taking a trip every other day depending on something we forgot, ran out of, or thought of a last-minute dinner idea. With the new year in place, budgeting has been my #1 goal, so some of the ways I’ve been sticking to that goal:

  • Planning out the week’s worth of meals
  • Making a list of what you need — this is absolutely critical, and helps me bypass the seasonal holiday section/clearance candy. I got the cutest lil grocery list from my mom right here
  • Sticking to 1-2x a week shopping –sometimes you just can’t make it a whole week, whether it’s because your veggies go bad or you’re just getting started & your cadence hasn’t kicked in yet, & that’s totally cool. You’ll get there 🙂
  • Thinking to myself “Do i need it THIS week, or do I have enough to last me until the next grocery trip?

Staple items in our weekly shopping trip (~$50 worth when shopping at my local Aldi):

  • Chicken breast
  • Ground turkey (93/7) or ground beef
  • Pre-cooked ham
  • ~ 5 Bags of leafy greens (spinach, romaine, spring mix, etc.–totally can opt for the non-bagged one, but I prefer the convenience with how much of it we go through)
  • Pint of tomatoes
  • Carrots (the huge bag that needs washed–not the baby carrots)
  • Celery
  • Sweet potatoes/russet potatoes (whichever my eyes locate first)
  • 2 bags of Brussel Sprouts 2
  • Hummus
  • Container of lunch meat
  • Almond milk
  • Unflavored Greek yogurt (the biggg container – perfect for snacks, breakfasts, and literally every combo out there)
  • Eggs
  • Some sort of 32 oz carbonated waters (my ultimate “splurge”–i’m obsessed with carbonation)
  • Vanilla wafers (every girl needs something sweet in the house)

Typically every other week consists of the following:

  • Onions
  • Bacon (Sunday mornings are NOT complete without some bacon!)
  • Salsa
  • Tortilla chips (perfect for nacho/taco night in the household)

Based on what we were able to purchase, this is what our week of dinners are looking like so far:

  • Sunday: Leftover chicken parm & roasted broccoli
  • Monday: Tuna burgers & microwaveable broccoli/brussel sprouts
  • Tuesday: Taco salads w/ ground beef, salsa, greens, veggies, & tortilla chips
  • Wednesday: Burgers, homemade fries/sweet potato fries, side salads
  • Thursday: Cooked ham, roasted brussel sprouts & carrots
  • Friday: Fish, wild rice, roasted broccoli

What is your family having for dinner? How do you guys budget while shopping?

xoxo tabitha

Healthy Eats + Treats

Back to School Essentials: Snack Edition

Living in a college town, it’s quite obvious when school is either IN session or OUT for the summer/winter breaks. As the summer begins to wind down, slowly and slowly I see more and more college age students walking downtown at night, grocery shopping, or simply walking through the campus grounds. With relationships, social life, parties, academics, and extra curricular taking over a students life, usually nutrition and what is going into their mouth is the last thing on the priority list to care about, am I right?! Three top reasons as to why I believe what you eat is SO critical and important:

  • Weight Control: Being mindful of your food choices is an important factor in maintaining a healthy weight. Eating in excess will cause an increase in weight; and if the weight gain continues, potential health concerns may arise (next bullet!)
  • Disease Prevention: Not only may obesity cause potential health problems, but consuming too little or too much of nutrients may create health concerns as well. Examples may include too much saturated fats or too little calcium.
  • Efficient Energy: Fueling your body with the right foods will, in the end, provide your body with adequate energy to stay focused and keep trekking through those 3 hour long seminars Eye rolling smile

 

As an undergrad in college, nutrition and eating healthy was a no brainer to me (being a nutrition major and all), so I never really could understand how people could just pack on the pounds and eat whatever their heart desired without giving a single care in the world. As time went on I realized that not everyone saw food as numbers, percentages or specific values like I did…but they just saw food as well, delicious! Although I do believe in the whole “everything in moderation”, I think it is important to be eating whole, healthy foods 75-80% of the time.

Coming back to a new school year gives most people the “new year new you” vibe—so why not start that whole new you in the kitchen? Here’s some great snack ideas that are college friendly/easy on the go for classes/crazy schedules Smile

  • Greek yogurt cup + piece of fruit (my fav is the Oikos Triple Zero collection)
  • Cheese stick + serving of whole wheat crackers
  • Overnight oats—legit the smartest idea in the world for busy mornings!
  • 1/2 a PBJ sammy on whole wheat bread
  • granola bar + piece of fruit
  • packet of tuna + whole wheat crackers
  • serving of whole grain cereal + milk in a small tupperware
  • 1/2  a turkey & cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread

 

What are some of your favorite snacks/meals to bring on the go?

Healthy Eats + Treats

Traveling healthy? Is that a thing?

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OK OK OK EVERYONE! BIG NEWS!

I am now a REGISTERED DIETITIAN!

How this differs from the “nutritionist” you may ask? A nutritionist can be ANYONE: i.e. your mother can call herself one, your grandfather can call himself one, an accountant can be one…you don’t need a certification for that. HOWEVER, a dietitian on the other hand requires the following (info taken from eatright’s website:

  • Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR’s website at www.cdrnet.org.
  • Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

 

Anyways, this means I am now a professional, and have to abide by the code of ethics and am actually well, legit. I must say that exam was SO tough for me….another blog post about that later tonight. This post is dedicated to traveling, and how to not kill your diet while flying. Diet is SO important to me, and traveling/being away from my own stove/microwave makes me super anxious. So, as I prepare to fly down to Texas this afternoon for Shawn’s graduation, I’ve decided to write a post on how I’M sticking to a relatively relaxed yet still healthy diet.

Tips on Traveling Healthy:

WARNING: So I still have my competition prep mindset to an extent, so my diet still consists of the sweet potatoes, broccoli, and chicken staples, but these rules can apply to aything!

  1. I’m flying  to Texas for 5 days with 1 carry on, 1 little lunch bag, and 1 security bag. In my security bag is most of the food ill be eating: I packed oats and protein powder in my isolator fitness containers, several cans of tuna, light wheat bread, a container of BCAAS, peanut butter, a bag of almonds (natural of course hehe)
  2. in my lunch bag I prepped: 4 individual bags of 4oz chicken and 1 bag of 1/2 sweet potato. I wasn’t planning on doing this, but because I am extras left over in my house I didn’t want to toss them out! These went right through security and I’ll be eating that right before my non flight and at my connecting flight at 3pm. I also packed a quest bar and tuna pouches (couldn’t bring a can opener on the plane, so ensuring you have easy to eat food is key)
  3. The first time I flew, I had a 7am flight and I went nearly all day without eating because I didn’t want to buy airport food and ugh I don’t even want to think about it. it was the worst! AWLAYS PACK FOOD!
  4. My hotel is within walking distance of a Walmart, so I luckily have access to food when I get down there to buy (like more tuna!)
  5. Take advantage of any fruit/yogurt that your continental breakfast may have…seriously! Apples, pears, anything and keep in your room for a healthy snack! From 6:30 am until 5 pm I will be in the airport/flying/no access to electric cooking devices. Here’s what my day will look like with how I packed:

 

6:00AM: breakfast (before I left): oatmeal with protein powder and 2 cups of coffee (because coffee = life)

9:00: 1 oz nuts, quest bar

12:00 pm: 4 oz chicken, 1/2 sweet potato, 4 oz chicken

3pm: 4 oz chicken

By the time I get to my hotel it’ll be 6pm and I will be able to hit walmart for anything dinner related (veggies).

 

Important note: If you’re traveling to a new area, chances are you will be eating out occasionally…and that’s OK! This weekend is Shawn’s basic training for the air force graduation, and I am definitely going to go out and treat him and have him show me delicious places to eat. Just be mindful when you’re eating out. What do you guys pack when you fly?