Tuesday is usually grocery day for us. We shop mainly at Aldi’s both here in Florida and in Michigan. A few months back I asked the cashier what was the slowest day of the week was. She said Tuesday. Tuesday it is. I also found it slowest around 2-2:30pm, so that’s what we shoot for.
Afternoon shopping is good because I blew off both my run and creating the menu and grocery list yesterday while enjoying a lazy rainy day. And now I will have time to get caught up on my duties as head nutritionist around here before the trip to Plant City.
Get up, do some deep breathing (my take on meditation) sip some coffee, journal a bit, and watch the news with Bruce is usually how I start the day. Today was no different. After the morning routine, I dug out my running gear, downed some oj, and set out to get four miles in.
After a nice refreshing run, the air was very cool and dry for once, I returned to the rig to whip up my morning green smoothie. I will leave the recipe at the bottom of the page. It is a recipe I concocted to get a couple quick servings of produce in, some quality carbs, protein, and fiber. It tastes good too!
Menu and grocery list are next on the agenda. When you live frugally, but aim to eat as healthfully as possible, a menu is a must. I love tasty, well-prepared food. I have no tolerance for boring bland food. Not in my kitchen! So I try a new recipe at least once a week. I now also have time to prepare fresh food daily. My sous chef Bruce, and I do a lot of prep ahead so it doesn’t become drudgery. My food service years gave me great knife skills, and Bruce is learning also. Truthfully, even when I worked, I made time to prepare good food. It is a priority in our home wherever it may be located or parked.
From the menu I create the grocery list. Approaching grocery shopping in an organized manner is good for both the waistline and the wallet. This saves disorganization in both the grocery store and at dinner time.
Remember, shop the perimeter, avoid the middle where all the processed “food” resides. And get real friendly with your knives and cutting boards, you will use them often if you intend to live to eat over eat to live.
After a quick salad for lunch, don’t forget the protein; can’t live off veggies alone, it’s out the door for the half-hour (if traffic is good, it’s all about the traffic here in FL) trek to Aldi’s.
Fortunately, for once, I do not need to go to Walmart. The majority of our food is purchased at Aldi’s, but there are a few items, mainly health and beauty and RV stuff that require a trip to Walmart. Walmarts here in the south are crazy. There is virtually NO competition for them. I don’t enjoy shopping there, but I do save money over the pricier stores. So it is usually in the grocery day plan. But not today!
Should you want an awesome upscale grocery store and you are in FL, visit Publix. Such a beautiful layout, top notch gourmet items and deli, great service. It’s the whole package. Unfortunately, the prices are a bit high for our budget, so we only shop there on occasion, but we always enjoy our experience.
After a couple hours of modern day hunting and gathering, we headed back home, and did not get stopped by one school bus. Score! It is spring break for the public schools here in Hillsborough And the surrounding counties.
By the time we completed the round trip, and prepped everything to fit in the fridge, it was time to get dinner on the grill. Just some simple pork chops, a sweet potato, and some peas. I like an easy dinner on grocery day.
After dinner and dishes, we laced up our sneakers for our evening walk. The weather was about to turn cool for a few days and the wind was very brisk, but it felt amazing.
After the walk, I whipped us up a couple of mocktails with some Pom, sparkling water, and a squeeze of lime on the rocks. Yum!
Time to settle in for an evening of ABC sitcoms, and a bit of relaxation before bedtime.
See you tomorrow…
Power Green Smoothie:
- 1 c almond, soy, or cashew milk
- 1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
- 2 big handfuls of spinach
- Banana (freeze if you like it more milkshakey)
- 1/2 c blueberries
- 2 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tsp honey
Blend and enjoy! Three servings of produce to start the day. I enjoy a boiled egg with this, on the side not in it, and it bumps the protein to about 22g. Protein helps us feel full longer and also is the helps restore and repair the body. As I tell the grandkids, it makes you strong!