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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Clean Grocery Shopping in 30 Minutes!

So, this weekend, I will admit - I was lazy and did not go to the grocery store to plan/prep my meals for the week. What's that saying.....FAIL TO PLAN then PLAN TO FAIL?? OOOOh --- riiiight.....yes, that is exactly what happened to me!! It was Monday and I was stuck eating eggs, some random veggies we had left in the freezer, 5 almonds and then my daughter's snacks!! NOT. GOOD!

Needless to say, it left me feeling unprepared, starving, and disappointed in myself for not going to the market, when I had time, over the weekend! So off I went, bright and early this morning ((childless, I may add....yay)), grabbed a coffee, put on some personal development on my iPhone and listened as I shopped!! Multi-tasking at it's best! ;)

Here are some tips for fast and efficient grocery shopping that will leave you with healthy, clean-eatin' foods!


Quick and Efficient Grocery Shopping in Under 30 Minutes:

KEY -----> SHOP THE PERIMETER of the store

Stick to the produce section ------------> THINK

Veggies (peppers, cucumbers, cauliflower, tomatoes, onions, squash, carrots, sweet potatoes.......... GO NUTS!)

Fruits (apples, berries, grapes, bananas, melon, pears...........)


Move to the back of the store for lean proteins --------------> THINK

Chicken Breast

Lean Ground Turkey

Lean Ground Chicken


Turkey Sausage

Then move to the DAIRY section --------------> THINK

Greek Yogurt

Low fat cheeses


Egg Whites

Cottage Cheese, lowfat




Organic Waffles

Organic Turkey Sausage

AISLES --------------> THINK






Olive Oil

Coconut Oil

Balsamic Vinegar


shop the perimiter

I hope that this quick post will help you to get started on how and what to buy while at the market. Once you have a "system" can be finished with your shopping for the week in 30 minutes!! I am a busy mom and I don't have time to search and seek throughout the store. You need to go in with a plan, shop the perimeter, grab a few items in the aisles and be done! FIRST plan out your weekly meals and make your meal plan and then go shopping. Below is an example of a meal plan that I use for The 21 Day Fix:

Meal Plan 21 Day Fix 2


Take time on a Sunday to go over different meal options for the week.

Write down the items that you will need for your meals.

Grab them at the store.

PLAN AHEAD & PREP your meals ahead of time:

Slice and dice all of your fruits and veggies to have them ready and ON HAND for grab & go!

Hard Boil eggs

Sort out your almonds and put them in baggies/containers

Bake chicken and  sweet potatoes for the week

Have a water bottle that is easy to refill

Use mustard's and balsamic vinegars to use as "dressings"

PLAN AHEAD to be prepared for the week ahead. NO ONE wanted to be forced to go through a drive-thru because you are famished! Have something always on hand to have in case of an "emergency", I always have almonds in my bag and my huge jug of water.

YOU ARE WORTH IT ---- Take the time to plan and you WILL NOT FAIL!!! :)