Sunday, February 22, 2015

Supplement What You Have for $30

Hello Clean Eaters!

I decided to do another $30 weekly grocery list since it is one of my post popular posts! This time, I went shopping with the knowledge that I had a little bit of food leftover in my pantry to supplement my new buys but, I will try my hardest to only use the foods you see on the list below!

Now, if you have been following me on social media (Twitter and Instagram especially) you know that I was once a workout fiend who ate vast amounts of food. It felt like I was eating every hour on the hour. Every meal contained some form of protein and I lugged my cooler around campus. I even trekked up the four flights of stairs to work every day (took the elevator a total of 3 times in two years) and walked to and from school. I must have been burning 1,000 calories because that doesn't even include my workouts! A typical workout includes 15-20 minutes on the stair master (you read that right) where I burned 300-400 calories before I even worked out! Then you have the actual weight lifting in itself and the cool down jogs. When I think about, I think I probably burned closer to 1,500 calories or even 2,000 calories on some days. I’m not sure, maybe I am exaggerating on the number of calories I lost but my point is that I was active. I ate like a horse because I had to fuel the machine that I was.

But now, my lifestyle has calmed down. I am a working woman who spends most of my time commuting or working. I am not in the gym like I used to be because my free campus rec membership expired when I graduated. I do have a gym at my apartment complex but it’s less than average. There are two treadmills, a couple sets of dumbbells, two benches, and two under-inflated exercise balls. Coming from state of the art to this, I knew that I wasn't going to be as intense as I used to be. I know what you are thinking, you can always go running on the treadmill BUT I hate running. I like to do occasional sprints and jogs but since I stopped running track, running isn’t the same anymore. And with the dumbbells, there is only so much you can. Granted, there are tons of great dumbbell workouts out there; but they do get repetitive and mundane. I don’t have the variety to switch up leg days or target which upper body muscle I work on that day. I still live a healthy lifestyle, but I am not as active. With that being said, I eat less because I move less. There is no need to pay to feed the old me. If this $30 list will get me through the work week, then it can for you too!
(Disclaimer, this is just a supplemental list to the few foods I already had in my pantry and closet)

Grocery List:


List
Cost
Green Giant Steamable Broccoli
$1.68
Green Giant Steamable Broccoli
$1.68
Seasoned Chicken Quarters on sale and a great steal
$2
Real Liquid Eggs 
$1.98
(2) Green Bell Peppers
$1.16
Yellow Bananas
$1.15
Frozen papaya mango, strawberry blend
$1.46
6oz blackberries SALE
$0.97
Small red potato's I got lucky with this one! It was actually $2 for 4 small red potatoes but I guess it didn't ring that much
$1.00
(4) Limes 
$0.57
romaine lettuce
$0.98
Larabar pack
$5.22
strawberries SALE
$1.50
all natural almonds
$1.98
Ground turkey
$3.47
$26.80
post tax $29.01

Meals
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Snacks
Scrambled eggs w/ bell pepper
Roasted potatoes steam, broccoli,  baked chicken
Ground turkey salad w/ dried cranberries and olive oil
Blackberries and strawberries / Lara bar
Scrambled eggs w/ bell pepper
Roasted potatoes steam, broccoli,  baked chicken
Ground turkey salad w/ dried cranberries and olive oil
Blackberries and strawberries / almonds
Scrambled eggs w/ bell pepper
Roasted potatoes steam, broccoli,  baked chicken
Ground turkey salad w/ dried cranberries and olive oil
Banana / Lara bar
Scrambled eggs with w/ bell pepper
Roasted Brussel sprouts, brown rice, baked chicken
Gluten free pasta and spaghetti sauce
Banana / almonds
Scrambled eggs w/ bell pepper
Romaine salad w/ brown rice
Frozen gluten free burrito with brown rice
Blackberries and strawberries / almonds

As you can see by my list, a few things were added on from my previous stash. The dried cranberries have been in my fridge for weeks now (yes, they are still good) but I figured it's time that I actually use them. Brown rice and olive oil are staples that I ALWAYS keep with me in my pantry. Everything else on this list was a necessity as I had close to nothing in my fridge.

Thank you for reading!
Eating Clean in College

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