If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you might remember I posted a Costco grocery haul a few years back. Well, a lot has changed since then. My love of Costco is still the same but my diet is a lot different. I figured it was about time to post an updated grocery haul since my last one contained a lot of meat and dairy which I no longer consume.
While I still shop at Costco, this grocery haul will be from Sprouts since I do a lot more shopping there now-a-days. I mostly buy bulk fruits and veggies, oats, and quinoa at Costco now. So without further ado, here was my grocery haul from last weekend and a few notes on what I already had in my pantry and fridge.
- Veggies, veggies and more veggies – my number one staple on a plant-based diet is of course vegetables. I have 5 go-to vegetables that I make sure to grab because they’re my favorites. They are carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, celery and onions. Carrots and celery are great in soups and stews or as a snack with hummus. I love steaming broccoli and mushrooms and eating them with my meal. And onions are very versatile and give dishes a great flavor. I recommend buying the vegetables you love if they’re different.
- Fruit – I think fruit often gets a bad rap because it’s high in sugar and carbs. Compared to vegetables, yes it’s high in sugar. Compared to ice cream, not so much. But being higher in sugar and carbs doesn’t mean it’s bad and you shouldn’t eat it. I don’t think anyone every got unhealthy or fat off eating too many apples. Fruit is very nutrient dense and contains a lot of vital vitamins and minerals. My staples are apples, bananas and berries (fresh & frozen). I love eating apples and bananas with some peanut butter, putting berries in my oatmeal or on top of pancakes, and freezing bananas to put in my smoothies to make them extra creamy.
- Potatoes – Going plant-based has made me rediscover my love of potatoes. I’ve always loved potatoes, especially sweet potatoes, but I was always fearful of eating too many and gaining weight. Oh boy, has my mind changed since then! I’ve probably eaten more potatoes in the last 8 months than in the last 5 years. Potatoes, even white potatoes, are great for overall health. They contain so many micro nutrients and are one of the most satisfying foods. Seriously, potatoes are great! My favorite are the Little Potato Company potatoes and sweet potatoes/yams.
- Beans & lentils – Some other foods I was fearful of but have fallen in love with are beans and lentils. Personally, I was afraid of eating these because of the carbs (insert eye roll). Beans & lentils are a great source of protein and fiber and make a great addition to recipes. I like to buy canned beans from Costco. My favorite are black beans and garbanzo beans. These are both so versatile and can be used for sweet or savory recipes. I also love roasted chickpeas and dried edamame. I love red lentils in chili and soup and use green lentils for taco filling.
- Tempeh, tofu, and seitan – I don’t use these too often but I like to have them on hand for curries, buddah bowls, etc. They are a great protein and calcium source and a great substitute for meat.
- Processed foods – Being plant-based, I like to limit my intake of processed foods; however, there are still some that I love to have on hand for convenience and taste. These include lavash wraps, chips, chickpea pasta and Hippeas. I love making wraps with lavash wraps, hummus and veggies. Chickpea pasta is great for a quick dinner that is high in protein. I top this with pasta sauce, veggies and nutritional yeast.
- Tomato puree & tomato paste – These are great to have on hand for soup and chili. I love to make red lentil chili in the crockpot; super quick and easy.
Some other things that aren’t pictured that I love to have on hand are:
- Bread – I love Alvarado Street Bakery bread and I usually buy it in bulk from Costco. I think it’s local but it’s a sprouted bread like Ezekiel bread but so much tastier in my opinion.
- Avocados – I also buy these from Costco since they’re significantly cheaper. I let them ripen on the counter and then transfer them to the fridge. They last for awhile this way.
- Oats – My husband and I eat oats almost every morning so I buy this in bulk from Costco.
- Quinoa – Again I buy this from Costco, since we go through so much of it. I love to make bowls with quinoa, veggies, tofu or tempeh and a sauce.
- Nuts – I probably use cashews the most since they are great in making tasty sauces, but we also have almonds, walnuts, peanuts and nut butters on hand.
- Nut milk – I typically have almond milk and soy milk on hand for smoothies. I make more smoothies in the summer but also enjoy these milks in my coffee and oats.
- Dried fruit – Dried mangoes are MY FAVORITE. My only problem is that I have no self control and I tend to eat so many that my stomach starts hurting. For that reason, I rarely don’t buy these at Costco because I eat the whole bag way too quickly LOL. But if you have self control, the Costco bag is a great deal.
- Chocolate – I also LOVE chocolate. I buy vegan chocolate and chocolate chips to throw in my oatmeal or just to have when I’m craving chocolate.
- Vegan protein bars – I don’t eat protein bars too often but when I do, my go-to bars are either Mezcla, Go Macro or Nugo. They are all a little different. I think Mezcla are my favorite; they are a crispy bar with just the right amount of sweetness. However, if I’m in the mood for a sweeter bar, I’ll go for a Go Macro bar and if I’m in the mood for a candy bar, Nugo it is. I have a review on Mezcla here if you’re interested. I am a brand ambassador for them and you can get 3 free bars to try out, just pay shipping 🙂
I think that’s all! Obviously, these aren’t the only things I buy but these are the main staples of my diet and I can always find something to eat when I have these on hand. Do you have any staples that I missed? Comment below!