As I’m preparing to be away this weekend for Refresh Summit, I’ve had to think about what FOODS I need to get at the store.  Travis won’t go to the grocery store (he just won’t think to do that) and they’d be happy eating cereal or rolls all weekend long.  While cereal will suffice in a pinch, I would like to leave them with some actual meals to eat in my absence.

Here’s what I’ve pinned so far:

Friday:  Crockpot Chicken Parmesan


Saturday:  Grilled Cheese Pull-Apart Rolls


Sunday:  Sizzlefish Coho Salmon


Now I just have to get to the store and actually buy all the ingredients…always easier said than done.  The salmon will be easy because it’s already in our freezer, just waiting to defrost. Winking smile

While I’m talking about the grocery store, I wanted to share some of our food staples around here.  The truth is:  The Wright family is pretty boring when it comes to elaborate meals and snacks.  We eat the same thing almost every day.  I don’t really see a reason to change that – most of what we eat is nutritious, budget-friendly and most importantly, it makes us happy.  I think food should be all three of those things!

Here are my TEN FOOD STAPLES – things that go on the grocery list every single week!

#1 – Eggs

We eat a lot of eggs!  Either in quiche or omelets or just scrambled with some shredded cheese on top.  I used to have the grand idea that we’d get chickens and have our own eggs…but I’d rather just just pay for them.  Pick and choose your battles, right?!

#2 – Liquid Egg Whites

I buy at least two cartons of liquid egg whites a week.  I use them in my morning pancakes, in smoothies and sometimes in a pinch I drink them straight up after a workout.  I know that sounds so gross to some of you but they don’t have a taste and they’re pasteurized so you can drink them liquid and not get sick.

#3 – Bananas

A pre-workout must!

#4 – Peanut butter (all-natural)

Travis eats the majority of the peanut butter around here (I’m partial to almond or sunflower butter myself).  He’ll put it on apples or ice cream (fun fact: Travis eats ice cream almost every night unless he’s trying to lose weight.  He adds at least 3 or 4 tablespoons of peanut butter to cut the glycemic index and make it “healthier.”)

#5 – Cereal

Our favorites:  Honeycomb, Bran Flakes, Honey Nut Cheerios and Frosted Mini-Wheats.

#6 – Unsweetened almond milk & Whole Milk

To go with the cereal.

#7 – Spinach (and other greens)

For almost a year now, I’ve tried to eat a big salad for lunch every day.  We buy organic spinach or spring mix for this.  I also use spinach in smoothies or in eggs.

#8 – Trail mix

Walmart brand – I think it’s called “Mountain Man Mix.”  I usually pick out and eat all the M&M’s and then end up buying another bag of M&M’s to restock what I’ve taken out.  Not sorry.

#9 – Apples

Gala or Honeycrisp.  We have one of those apple slicer thingymajigs and it works pretty well.

#10 – Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips

Last but certainly not least, I buy a bag of chocolate chips every week.  There’s only one store in town that still stocks the MILK CHOCOLATE ones so I make a special trip for those.  I usually eat them by the handful with some raw almonds.


QUESTION:  What are some of YOUR grocery list staples??


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  1. we ALWAYS have frozen chicken, bananas, and PEANUT BUTTER. MUST HAVE PEANUT BUTTER. haha. and lots of other things, of course, but those are the TOP things.

  2. We have a lot of the same staples at our house…eggs, bananas, apples, peanut or almond butter, oats, leafy greens of some variety, carrots, applesauce (I’m always grabbing scoops straight from the jar), almond or coconut milk, and sweet potatoes – those are just the ones we alwaaaays have.

  3. Y’all crack me up…I LOVE frosted shredded wheat and used to eat it all the time. I especially love when they get soggy at the bottom of the bowl…LOL. I eat lots of eggs and nut butter…It’s amazing how much nut butter I can go through. And now my new puppy is a big fan as well. Hey it’s a healthy addiction! :)

  4. We live in a spot where we travel far for groceries, so we keep a pretty full pantry and freezer of homemade meals and staples.

    Our staples look like… oats (rolled and quick), sugar, GF flour, oil, sliced almonds, whole chickens, canned corn/tomatoes/beans, rice, eggs, milk, spices, tortillas, frozen vegs, and pasta.

    We also have a mass amount of meat (steak, lamb, pork, clams) in a spare freezer.

  5. I’m not going to lie, I made a pretty funny looking face after I read you drink egg whites straight up. Bleck! LOL. But hey, you gotta do what ya gotta do in a pinch I suppose. ;)

    Some of our food staples: eggs, wheat bread, milk, peanut butter, oatmeal, spinach, frozen berries, chicken breasts, ground turkey, mild cheddar cheese, and black beans.

  6. fruit, veggies, sweet potatoes, eggs, cheese. those are my staples (our milk comes from our family dairy!). I do get almond milk for chia pudding, tried making it with regular milk, couldn’t handle it.