The grocery store can be feel overwhelming and going shopping can feel like a daunting task. And when you're trying to eat clean and every books says buy this, not that. You need this fancy and EXPENSIVE thing, and bla bla bla! AHH We have learned to love the grocery store and after some practice, and lots of mistakes, have semi-mastered shopping on a budget and sticking to our clean eating.
First things first - MAKE A LIST!!!!!
First off - again - know your taste buds!! Don't force yourself to buy broccoli when the smell of boiling it makes you gag. Don't get it! It is OK! You will one day learn to eat broccoli, or you may not, its ok. There are plenty of other nutrient rich foods that you will LOVE.
Most meats can freeze for a few weeks. Buy on sale!! If your grocery store is having a sale on ground beef, buy an extra container and freeze it!
Know your weekly or bi weekly basics. Things you know you like and can prep and cook easily that will last.
Step 1 - The Basics.
There are some things your house needs at all times when trying to eat clean.
Avocado Mayo (not really a necessity, but a personal favorite. :) I'm the best cook and Sometimes I over cook my chicken breast - this helps make it enjoyable to eat)
Nut Butter - almond, cashew, peanut, your choice (read for SUGAR in the label, these are tricky sugar sources that ruin your clean eating)
Tomato Sauce - READ INGREDIENTS FOR NO SUGAR
Bell Peppers (great raw snacks and great cooked)
Peanut Butter (read the ingredients for NO SUGAR!!!!!)
With this super basic list, you'll be covered for most things that will be DELICIOUS, I promise!