What I Buy When I Grocery Shop

Hello, hello!

I’m back in Chapel Hill (drove back from DC last night) and have spent the day so far unpacking, organizing, and getting ready for class to start up again tomorrow. I went to hot yoga this morning and then my next plan of action was grocery shopping!


I’ve gotten questions before about what I buy when I grocery shop, so I thought it would be fun to show ya’ll what I bought today since the fridge was pretty much empty, although I did have a decent amount of staples (cereal, oats, etc.) in the pantry so this isn’t a massive grocery shop… but you know what I mean.

First up — dairy!


Organic 1% milk, organic low fat cottage cheese (small curd), and some Chobani yogurts. My grocery store (the co-op a few blocks from my place) doesn’t carry Stonyfield Oikos Greek yogurt :( I love the Chobani flavored Greek yogurts but for plain I’d prefer to buy Oikos since it’s organic. I’ve asked them to get it in stock if they can — we’ll see if they ever do!

Next up — greens!


Organic baby spinach, organic baby arugula, and organic kale. Yum! I’ve been craving salads lately with this warmer weather.

Next, we have fruit!


Strawberries (local AND organic!) were on sale, yay! I also picked up some bananas, oranges, and kiwis. Love me some fruit. If only blueberries were cheaper already!

Next — veggies! Well, tomato isn’t a veggie… but whatever :) I still kind of think of it as one, heh.


Green pepper, organic AND local sweet potatoes, organic mushrooms, avocado, organic enormous beefsteak tomato of deliciousness.

Next — the only frozen item I picked up today (I also love frozen peas, green beans, and mixed fruit, but I have some) — Ezekiel sprouted grain tortilla wraps! I LOVE these wraps. My absolute fave :) And it’s nice that you store them in the freezer because I don’t go through them that quickly! I also consistently buy their frozen cinnamon raisin bread. Yum!


Next — a couple random items — a spur of the moment ONE Coconut Water (love for hot sweaty workouts), plus little containers of the co-op’s house-made hummus and tabouli — they have the BEST tabouli.


And finally, a few pantry staples! Crackers, organic garbanzo and kidney beans, some dried fruit (for an upcoming baking experiment — stay tuned!), local NC honey, and bulk barley (it’s SUPER cheap to buy grains in bulk, fyi).


A solid grocery store trip, I’d say! Two things I meant to buy but forgot were applesauce (for baking) and sardines (not for baking, lol… that would be gross). Oh well! Next time :)

Other things I often buy but didn’t today because I already have them on hand are:

  • Cereal (Kashi, Attune Foods, bulk cereal if I’m feeling thrifty, etc.)
  • Oats
  • Meat (chicken usually… I have some frozen)
  • Canned tuna
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tea (I <3 black tea)
  • Brown rice, quinoa, pasta (all cheap in bulk)
  • Canned beets (so delicious and so easy)
  • Olive oil, garlic, lemons (for juice), etc!
  • Baking stuff (whole wheat pastry flour, brown rice syrup, etc.)
  • Chia seeds
  • Almond butter

So there you have it! If you guys found this helpful, let me know and I’ll do it again :)

And now I’m off to relax — my apartment has a pool so the girls are going to come over for a little pool time in a bit :) I’m not gonna lie — I’m seriously not excited to start up class again tomorrow already so soon — I’m still feeling really burned out, bah. We have class all day the rest of this week and then for the rest of the summer we’ll have class all day Mondays and Tuesday through Friday will be at our internships. It’s going to be VERY busy!

Have a good one!


  1. 1

    I love grocery store posts! It looks like you got a good amount of stuff! I’d be really interested to hear you do a post about what you buy organic v. conventional and why. It sounds like almost all of what you bought was organic, so how you do so on a budget, etc. Thanks!

    • 2

      At the co-op, almost everything is organic, so I don’t have as much choice, but normally I just stick to the dirty dozen and dairy for organic, and meat if I can afford it.

  2. 3

    Hi there, I had a great time in CH this weekend! Such perfect weather. Saw your school. I tried those Ezekiel wraps once and thought it was terrible! I couldn’t peel them apart frozen, and then I left them all out and it was hard as a rock defrosted. I love the cinnamon raisin bread though. Dinners always take some planning during the week, especially when I cook for myself and my husband.

    • 4

      Give the wraps another try! If you just put them in the fridge instead of the freezer they are fine to get apart. Or, I use a knife sometimes to pry them apart, and then microwave the one I’m going to eat quickly to make it soft.

  3. 5

    Thank you for sharing with us! I recently started buying Ezkiel Bread and it’s yummy, my husband likes it better than regular bread. I have to try their tortillas and cinammon bread! YUM!

    Also, is baby kale less bitter than regular kale?

  4. 7

    This looks like a great shopping trip!

    I love Ezekiel bread.

  5. 8

    Thanks for sharing what you buy at the grocery store! I love these sorts of posts!

  6. 9

    very helpful! Thanks so much.

    When you dont have salads for lunch whats your go to?

    • 10

      Check out my recipe page – I have a whole section on “5 minute packable lunches” aka what I bring with me when I pack lunch for work or school!

  7. 11

    Looks like a great healthy mix Anne, thanks so much for sharing :)

    Are you taking classes through the summer?

  8. 13

    Thanks for sharing this Anne, it is both helpful and inspirational. Just wondering a couple things…do you ever buy treats, like ice cream or candies? Also, how do you do all the organic stuff on a budget? I try to do organic produce when its not too much more expensive than conventional, and I do organic milk and soymilk, but I feel like doing all my other dairy, all my produce, and my meat organic would wipe out my grocery budget.

    • 14

      I don’t usually buy sweets/cookies/whatever at the grocery store because for me, I’d rather save that sort of stuff for a treat when I’m out and about with friends occasionally. If it’s at home, I’ll eat it all the time, which means it won’t be as much of a treat – plus out of sight, out of mind!

      • 15

        Oh and regarding organic, I usually just do the dirty dozen and dairy organic, and then meat if I can afford it. The co-op near us has mostly organic stuff though so I end up buying more organic than I might normally price-wise just because it’s convenient.

  9. 16
    Monique says

    I would like to know where you got those SUUUUPER cute bags!!!

  10. 18

    Love seeing what you bought. I buy much of the same type groceries except I can’t get a lot of local (just a couple mths in summer at the outdoor market) as the climate is too cold :( Thanks for sharing!

  11. 19

    Wow, you will have a busy summer!

    So cool to see what others buy at the grocery store. I am sort of obsessed with grocery shopping, so I love to do it! I did shudder a little though when you mentioned beets. :D

  12. 20

    So jealous of the pool, not that it’s warm enough these days to head out there. I guess I’m always a wee bit nosy because I LOVE seeing people’s shopping lists & loots. Looks like quite a wealth of good stuff.

    I also second you on the bulk bin. I LOVE it for grains, flours, beans, etc. I always compare prices but it’s generally cheaper and I love that I can just buy as much I as need.

  13. 21

    Where is the cheez whiz and cheese doodles? :))

  14. 23

    Very nice Anne. Does coconut water really taste like coconuts. I have never tried it before. You are a southern gal now “ya’ll”

  15. 25

    I think this grocery post is a great idea! :) I love Ezekiel wraps and Cinnamon Raisin bread too–mmmm!

  16. 26

    Your grocery bags are so pretty! Shoppin’ in style!

  17. 27

    I have to agree with the above comments, I couldn’t focus on your groceries because I’m in love with your bags! LoL.

    Ugh, that schedule sounds brutal!!! Hang in there girl. It will all be worth it.

  18. 28

    I love grocery posts! And good for you for supporting a local co-op! I’m very much into “slow food” and supporting local businesses – now that all the farmer’s markets are back, I plan to get as much produce as I can locally, and buy all bread, eggs, and meat local as well (pretty much already do this)!

  19. 29

    I think that is very helpful! grocery posts get a bad rap. I LOVE not only seeing what food people are eating, but what food they are buying!

  20. 30

    Love this post! :D

    I haven’t tried the Ezekiel wraps, but I imagine they must be delicious. I love their sandwich breads, especially the sesame and the cinnamon raisin (for breakfast as a french toast!) Delicious. :D

  21. 31

    I think it’s always kind of interesting to see what others get at the grocery store! I used to love those Ezekiel wraps, but when I moved to a different part of the city my new supermarket didn’t carry them. They’re awesome for tortilla pizzas!

  22. 32

    I always love to see how other’s shop! I’ve never seen those Ezekiel wraps! i’ll have to look for them next time at the store!

  23. 33

    I am in love with those reusable grocery bags. So cute! I like the idea of shopping at a co-op – it’s cool that there’s one so close to your house. I haven’t tried Ezekial wraps (how would I know to look for wraps in the freezer section? Ahahaha) but I do love their sprouted grain bread. Sooooo good. Soooooo much lower in calories than regular bread. Win-win.

  24. 34

    Yes, please post your groceries again! I love seeing how other people show :)

  25. 35

    Great post! I always find that readers love these kinds of visuals on how to plan a week of healthy food.

  26. 36

    I love this post! How much do you budget for groceries/food per week or per month?
    Also, I love that you use reusable bags for groceries– how about a “fANNEtastic Foods” reusable grocery bag or tote?! I would buy 1 (or 3)!!

    • 37

      I’m honestly not sure how much I spend on groceries! It varies by week… maybe a few hundred a month?! Fun idea about the bags, hehe!

  27. 38

    Great one, Anne, thanks. Most interesting. And inspirational, too!

  28. 39

    We have really similar grocery grabs :) This is probably the first list I’ve ever seen where I “get” it. Crackers are a really good staple… I’m always just toasting bread or using celery/carrot sticks for hummus. I HATE carrot & celery sticks with hummus it’s just the easiest way to eat it. Crackers would be a great staple…

  29. 40

    Love this post! I also like kashi cereal:) one question about the canned beets. I love eating beets but find them so messy to peel and cook so I’ve thought about buying canned beets but was concerned that they weren’t as nutrient dense. What are your thoughts on this?

    • 41

      Well for me it’s either eat the canned beets or don’t eat them at all, because like you said they’re so messy to cook/peel. So canned beets have a lot more nutrients than no beets, right? :)


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