A Nutrition Expert’s Shopping List: Staple Foods for Multiple Meals

When it comes to what’s best for our health and wallet, cooking at home is a priority and it doesn't have to be expensive or difficult.

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Clients that I meet with for the first time often ask me, “Why does grocery shopping seem so much more expensive than eating out?”  My answer: When we purchase healthy ingredients at a grocery store, we can typically use them in multiple meals.  Yes, the total bill can be overwhelming, especially, if there are non-food related items in the cart.  However, there is a silver lining to grocery shopping.  Those healthy foods that put a dent in your wallet are saving you money in the long haul.  Think about how much money you spend on a fast-food meal or one visit to a restaurant with your family.  I call those convenience meals, “one and done!”  You are most likely spending half of your typical grocery bill if not more when you choose convenience food.  Don’t get me wrong, I love eating out at restaurants and being served, but when it comes to what’s best for our health and wallet, cooking at home is a priority and it doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult.  Today, we are living through a pandemic and convenience food has never been so limited.  Try to take advantage of this time at home to improve your cooking skills, try new recipes, and expand your palate.  

Below are staples that make up my arsenal of nutritious foods.  Having these foods on-hand provide my family with healthy options for an easy homemade breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack in-between.  For recipes visit pronutritionconsulting.com

Fruits/VegetablesProteinWhole grainsDairyMiscellaneous
ApplesChickenBreadMilkNut butter
AvocadosCodChipsCheeseSeed butter
BananasEggsCerealPizza sauce
BroccoliHummusCrackersTomato sauce
CauliflowerPork ChopsEnglish Muffins
Mixed GreensSalmonPizza dough
Sweet OnionsWaffles
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