Grocery shopping is always something of a chore for me. Anyone else? Tuesday night I write out the menu for the week and our shopping needs. Wednesday morning I head to the grocery store and power through.
Depending on my friend Jennie’s schedule, I sometimes have Evie with me. She’s adorable, but she’s a shopping terror.
Evie demands the “kids pink cart” which is the worst invention for parents as it weighs 900 pounds and has a turning radius similar to, well… there is none. She sits in the cart for 5.7 seconds before demanding to walk AND hold my hand. That means I maneuver that damn kids pink cart with my left hand, left elbow and collarbone. This of course happens while Evie tries to pick up every egg carton, samples everything in the produce aisles (as in the grapes for sale… not samples), and usually has at least one meltdown. It’s as awful as it sounds.
I know the layout of the Health Market at Hy-Vee like the back of my hand so I write my list in order of the items in the aisles. Anything to make it through alive, right?!?
I am often asked what items we get from each location (Hy-Vee, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods), so I wanted to share that with you. Today we will start with Hy-Vee. I’m not including produce in each review as that’s a given. I’m mainly sticking to “aisle” items.
While Hy-Vee (local chain) is my normal Wednesday shopping store with a monthly trip for items to the other locations, I’m finding some of the prices at Whole Foods are actually cheaper for the items we buy, as in substantially cheaper… $2 per item cheaper! WOW! I’m going to be reassessing my shopping and comparing lists in the next few months.
Here are our Hy-Vee staples. Our Hy-Vee offers 10% off Health Market (mainly organic) items Wednesday, hence why I shop that day. So take 10% off the shown prices for what we pay.
Almond Milk. We used to go through more milk, but the kids primarily only drink water. The almond milk is used for oatmeal or other cooking needs. Occasionally they will have a glass, but not like before. I usually have 4 1/2 gallons on hand, but lately we just finish 3.
Animal Crackers. Finn loves these things! Evie is mostly uninterested in crackers/cookies, with a few exceptions. Someone recently asked me why we spend the higher amount on “organic” snacks. It’s a good question. While most of these snacks still contain refined flour, they don’t contain high fructose corn syrup or other added “fake” ingredients. It’s a compromise.
Nick’s Sticks. When we have gone through our stash from buying them directly from the farm, I pick up a few from the grocery store. They are a little more expensive this way, but they are such a great snack… and sometimes meal!
Melina’s Salsa. This salsa is the BOMB! All real ingredients and so tasty. A pantry staple for our house.
Enjoy Life Bars. I buy these every few weeks for Finn. They are his FAVORITE snack. He calls them “my bars.” Sometimes vitacost.com will have good deal on them, as well.
Ezekiel Bread. This is my splurge. Because Ezekiel is sprouted and I don’t go through this quickly, I leave this in the freezer and pull out a piece when I want it. This is a quick breakfast for me some mornings with homemade super butter (almond butter).
Chicken Nuggets. Kids love nuggets, don’t they!?! Since we don’t eat fast food, these are our “fast food nuggets.” Finn calls them “brown chicken” and gets insanely excited when I pull out the Pizza Pizzazz to make them every few weeks. I’ve seen these at Super Target for the same price, but with Hy-Vee’s 10% Health Market Wednesday, it’s a no brainer.
Eggs. When we were first easing Finn into eating eggs, this was the one egg that didn’t make him react. They are local, they are good, and we stick with these. (We’ve since tried a few others at my parents and he’s shown no reaction.)
Pepperoni and Turkey. We love Applegate for homemade pizza Friday’s. We occasionally make paninis on the weekends and this turkey is great for that.
Almond Butter. Although we make most of our almond butter (or buy at Trader Joe’s), these little packets are great for lunches out at the park or with friends. Justin also likes them for travel.
Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods staples to come.
What are your standard grocery store staples?