Let's face it.. Eating clean can be time consuming and expensive but remember your health is priceless! There are some tricks that you can use to decrease the time and money that you spend on your nutrition. First I recommend getting a membership to either Sam's or Costco and get used to buying your food in bulk. Second, after trip to Sam's plan on spending some additional time when you get home on preparation as you unpack and put away your groceries. Specifically, you want to "break down" a lot of the fresh bulk items and bag them into the size that is convenient for you to cook with and then store the rest. This is an ideal time for you to Freeze the ingredients that you use for protein shakes (fruit and Greek Yogurt)!
Some big time savers are:
Chicken breasts: wash and trim them and bag them for individual meals and freeze and store what you won't use in the next few days.
All other fresh meat (beef, fish): Divide up all other freeze what you will not immediately be cooking.
Freeze Bananas: peel, slice them and then freeze the slices in individual bags (bananas 1 per bag).
Freeze Berries: wash them and then divide them into individuals bags and freeze them (about 1 cup of fruit in a bag).
Broccoli: Wash and store into smaller convenient / accessible containers
Greek Yogurt: Spray a plastic ice cube tray with Pam and spoon Greek Yogurt to create "frozen" yogurt cubes to use for shakes
Store Protein powder, coffee and splenda and splenda into air tight and easily accessible storage containers
Nuts: Measure out individual servings of your nuts and bag them.
The list below is my "basic" shopping list of food that I buy in bulk. I hope it is useful! Happy Cooking & Clean Eating!
Bulk Food Shopping List
Ground Turkey (Comes in a 2 pack)
Lean Ground Beef (90% Lean, 10% Fat)
Fish (Usually Salmon or Tilapia)
Tuna (in water)
Plain Greek Yogurt
Eggs and Egg Whites
Protein Bars & Protein Powder (NOT SOY PROTEIN BASED!)
Oatmeal or Grits
Veggies - Broccoli, Carrots, Spinach, Green Beans, Asparagus, Onion, Squash, Zucchini, , Peppers
Fruits - Grapefruit, Lemons & Limes , Bananas, Berries, Apples (Canned Fruit = High Sugar. Limit fruit with high sugar content)
Peanut Butter or Nut butter
Nuts (almonds, cashews, etc.)
Unsweetened Almond Milk
Powdered Peanut Butter
Hummus or Tzatiki (as garnish!)