Whole foods, plant-based shopping for beginners

My shopping list is hilariously predictable. Every single week I get the same thing: a ton of fruits & veggies; a few cans of beans; some whole wheat tortillas; bulk items like quinoa, baking soda, and brown rice noodles; kid snacks like pretzels, crackers, and trail mix; a couple of things of almond milk, and bread. Occasionally I go nuts and buy some sparkling water and fruit juice to make my own soda, or maybe I’ll get a few non-WFPB items like butter and cage-free brown eggs for some of my more conventional comfort food recipes. But seriously, my list rarely if ever changes. (If you don’t believe me, check out this post here and this one here.)

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I’ve got grocery shopping down to a science — or maybe it’s more of an art, balancing the needs with the wants and staying in budget, all while keeping the kids wrangled and happy about it. And speaking of budget, I rarely if ever spend more than $55 a week for my family of 5. Again, if you don’t believe me, check out this post here and this post here.

How do I do it? In addition to info in the links I’ve already shared (seriously, have you checked them out yet?), it’s largely due to this reason: I know my way around the grocery store.

This requires no special skills or abilities — other than, perhaps, the willpower to stay away from the donut display. It just takes a little practice and, if you’re just beginning, a little knowledge about what to buy (and what not to buy) and why.

Thankfully, this knowledge abounds. There are primers and blog posts galore on whole foods, plant-based grocery shopping and pantry stocking for beginners and pros alike. Whether you’re fully vegan or just exploring this whole foods thing, we all could use a little help so that healthy eating is a seamless (and painless) way of life.


Here are a few great links to get you started.

And of course, don’t forget to check out my Healthy Little Changes primer on meal planning and my recipes page before you start. Then, when you’re ready to make your list, download the free Healthy Little Changes meal planning sheet and get planning.



Peace, plants, and positivity,


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