This is my mudroom bench after a bulk grocery haul. With 3 growing boys in the house, I always start at Costco or BJs to buy as much as I can. I get basically the same things each week, then go to Whole Foods or a grocery store for more organic things or things I don't buy in bulk.
I like to stick to a basic protein, veggie, fruit, potato kinda "diet". (Keeping in mind that red wine is definitely a fruit.) Corn chips, rice cakes, rice and beans are occasionally in the plan. And I let myself eat "fun" food for sure. I just like to have it away from home so I'm not tempted to eat more.
Veggies: We eat vegetables at virtually every meal. I buy a frozen pepper and onion mix and use that often for breakfast. Makes the morning prep much easier! I also get lots of fruit (just didn't need much on this specific trip!) white and sweet potatoes. I love using coleslaw in my salads to mix it up a bit and I eat an avocado almost every day.
Meats: I'm pretty picky about the meat I buy. I get wild fish, organic beef, uncured, nitrate free bacon and hot dogs (Applegate or Pederson Natural Farms), organic chicken sausages (I like Aidells brand the best) and Applegate oven roasted turkey from the deli. (The prepackaged one has nitrates, but the deli one doesn't.)
Flavor: If you eat bland food, it gets boring...fast. I buy roasted red peppers, pepperoncini, saurkraut and lots of spices. They keep the meals interesting and different.
My kids drink milk and cheese and eat snacks just like any other kid. I really try to only get cereals that have no colors or dyes in them and I'm working hard to avoid TBHQ and BHT. At the end of the day, they're kids and I'm not saying no to everything. I just try to keep the "healthier" stuff in the house and let them have treats in other places.
I took some pics of some of my recent meals. Some of them look more appetizing than others, but I wanted to show you some of my usuals. And if you want major food overload, follow me on Snapchat, (stilettodiapers) because I post a LOT of food there.
I eat a big breakfast. Usually 2 eggs, 1/2 avocado and veggies of some sort every day. I like the frozen pepper/onion mix and I'll throw in spinach, mushrooms, prosciutto, leftover potatoes or sweet potato cubes as I have it in the fridge.
Fried eggs, sweet potato and pepper hash, avocado.
Over easy eggs, avocado, potato, spinach and peppers.
Usually salad of some sort. I love an antipasto salad with olives, prosciutto, pepperoncini, purple onion and tomato. I drizzle it with olive oil and red wine vinegar. I like to put Wholly Guacamole on my salad because it works like a dressing. The most important part is making sure there is enough protein and fat so that you feel full! I keep boiled eggs and deli turkey in the refrigerator and they're both quick options for topping a salad.
Buffalo chicken salad in lettuce boats, veggies, guacamole
BLT lettuce boats plus turkey, fruit
Always protein and veggies, sometimes potatoes. I'm obsessed with my KitchenAid spiralizer. I have seen that Whole Foods carries a lot of already spiralized veggies now! Lemon garlic chicken zoodles are a favorite, and my boys love when I make "curly fries" with potatoes and just bake them with olive oil. We do a lot of basics, just improvising. Taco salads, burgers in lettuce buns and fajita bowls.
Lemon Garic Chicken Zoodles (I replace tomatoes with roasted red peppers)
London Broil, sweet potato wedges, asparagus and roasted tomatoes
Pork loin, green beans, saurkraut, "curly fries"
I avoid dairy and gluten for the most part. But I do drink coffee creamer and I won't say no to the occasional trip to the ice cream store, or pizza night! Holidays are for eating all the things and if I find myself thinking about a certain food, I eat it. Otherwise, I'll eat everything in the house! I try to keep to my typical habits 80-90% of the time. That's when I feel the best, but don't feel deprived. I'm itching to do some fall baking soon and while I make substitutions (like honey for sugar), I totally eat some baked goods!
Hope that answered your questions! Let me know if you have anymore!