Grocery Haul

HEB is the best grocery store. Ask any Texan and they’ll tell you the same. Always clean, relaxing, and well organized with the best products. Shopping at HEB in the mornings is especially therapeutic. There’s just something about being one of the 8 people lazily strolling through aisles sniffing candles and deciding which cheese to buy. Call me crazy, but HEB shopping is some of my favorite ‘me’ time.

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I especially love HEB brand products. Not only are their products well priced, but the quality is simply unbeatable. I always know what I’m going to get. (This isn’t any type of ad or plug for HEB, just want to mention where and what products I get when I grocery shop.)

I stick very closely to the same shopping list each time I grocery shop.  It might vary from time to time, but the groceries I buy are versatile items that are well liked by both myself and Kyle. I try to stick to the edges of the store where fresh produce and products are located. Besides processed foods I buy for Kyle’s work lunches (like granola bars or occasionally, chips) we stick to whole, fresh foods.

Here’s a general idea of what I get at the grocery store!

(Note: we don’t buy ALL this food each time we grocery shop, but these below are what we choose from each time)

 

Meats & Protein

  • Chicken breast
  • Turkey bacon
  • Breakfast turkey sausage
  • Salmon fillets
  • Tilapia fillets
  • Shrimp
  • Hard Tofu
  • Turkey lunch meat
  • Eggs (we usually buy the 36 pack… we LOVE our eggs)
  • Veggie burgers
  • Ground turkey meat
  • Tuna
  • Feta & Spinach Chicken Sausage

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You might notice that we don’t have any type of beef or pork on our shopping list. Kyle cut out red meat many, many years ago – mainly for health reasons, but he also feels better when he eats leaner cuts of meat. Even though I enjoy red meat, I don’t eat it unless we’re at a restaurant every once in awhile.

 

Dairy

  • Almond milk (we do buy skim milk every once in awhile, but I prefer the taste of almond milk!)
  • Plain greek yogurt
  • Gogurt (we freeze these, our FAVORITE treat!)
  • Mexican shredded cheese
  • Fresh mozzerella
  • Feta cheese
  • Parmesean cheese
  • Provolone slices

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Fruit

  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Clementines
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Pineapple
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit
  • Pears
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Pomegranates
  • Avocados

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Vegetables

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Fresh green beans
  • Bell peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Snap peas
  • Edamame
  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh rosemary

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                                   Canned/Jar Foods & Pantry Staples

  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Coconut milk
  • Pasta sauce
  • Minced garlic
  • Pesto
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Pretzel thins
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Banana chips
  • Larabars (the lemon ones are to die for!!)
  • Popcorn kernels
  • EVOO
  • Canola oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Spirulina powder
  • Almond butter
  • Almonds
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Vegetable stock
  • Raw honey

 

Grains

  • Whole grain pasta
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Blueberry bagels
  • English muffins
  • Brown rice
  • Granola
  • Pita bread
  • Tortillas
  • Veggie pasta

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Drinks

  • Topo Chico
  • Sparkling water
  • Almond milk
  • Coconut water
  • Coffee (the darker the better)
  • Multitude of tea (favorites are green chai and orange spice)
  • Lemonade
  • Wine

 

 

Miscellaneous

  • Multitude of spices
  • Hummus
  • White, wheat, and coconut flour
  • Baking soda
  • Ice cream
  • Baking powder
  • Sugar (white, brown, and powdered)
  • Yeast
  • Lemon juice
  • Dijon mustard
  • Capers
  • Daily vitamins
  • Hair, skin, and nail vitamins

 

 

Notes

  • We don’t follow any certain type of ‘diet’. Kyle and I are both invested in eating healthy diets, and we grocery shop to mirror that goal in our lives. We try to eat protein + vegetables for our meals, limiting sugar and bread. But we also love eating right out of a tub of ice cream together and chowing down on extra buttery popcorn 🙂
  • Mostly everything listed is H-E-B brand. Some exceptions are chocolate chips (Hershey’s), coffee (life is too short to drink bad coffee), and bagels 🙂
  • I usually spend around $60 a week at the grocery store (just for a frame of reference.)

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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Up to this point my blog has been focused on marriage, Jesus, and my random musings on it all. However, I am excited to start sharing another deep love that I have…. cooking! It is truly therapeutic to me. When I feel overwhelmed by school or wedding planning there is nothing that I love more than turning on music (currently obsessed with the Lumineers new album) and whipping out some banana bread or making a new soup. I give all the credit to my mom and Grandma for showing me the joy of making delicious food and sharing it with those you love. Some of my greatest memories are of cooking with those two women, and it is a memory I hope to share with my future kids.

I love experimenting with recipes in the kitchen and making healthy (or just slightly healthier) versions of ‘unhealthy’ foods. And today, I hit the jackpot. For all the Starbucks lovers out there, I am about to save you big $$$$$. I found a healthy, easy, and actually delicious homemade version of the pumpkin spice latte.

When I say easy, I truly mean easy.

Ingredients

4 cups of strong coffee (50% stronger than your usual)

5 cups milk (your preference, I went with 1%)

1/2 or 3/4 cup half and half (depending on your preference)

2 & 1/2 cups pumpkin puree

1/2 cup maple syrup

5 or 6 t. pumpkin pie spice (season to your preference)

1 t. vanilla extract

5 TB brown sugar (not necessary, but I found that I liked the added sweetness)

Then, mix it into your crock pot on high for two hours and you have it… an easy, healthier, and tasty version of your favorite Starbucks drink. You can also sprinkle a little cinnamon/brown sugar mixture to top off your mug. The recipe says that it serves 8, but I won’t tell if you drink it all yourself 😉

xxoo, Jessica

p.s. if you have extras, you can store in a pitcher in your fridge for a few days but I would advise not drinking cold, for this recipe it is much better served hot!