Trader Joes Grocery Haul

On my recent trip to California, I decided ahead of time that I wanted to cook a lot of the meals I would eat down there. This helped me to save money and avoid spending too much time sitting at restaurants. 

I knew I would have to pick a grocer with good prices, so I avoided going to larger markets such as Whole Foods and Erewhon Natural Foods Market - even though I still LOVE them! Trader Joes was my best option, and it offered everything I needed for a weeks worth of meals and allowed me to spend under $120.00 for the entire week on home cooked meals!

SHOPPING LIST:

Fruits & Veggies:
- Lettuce
- Celery
- Carrots
- Tomatoes
- Avocados
- Blueberries
- Apples
- Bananas

Protein Sources:
- Turkey breasts
- Canned tuna in water
- Black beans
- Eggs
Siggi's Dairy Icelandic Yogurt cups
- Chickpeas

Grains & Healthy Carbohydrate Sources:
- Steel cut oats
- Brown rice
- Food for Life: Ezekiel wraps & Ezekiel bread
- Sweet potato

Condiments & Snacks:
- Ketchup
- Hummus
- Perfect Bars
- KIND Bars
- Natural peanut butter
- Mild salsa

All these groceries lasted for the entire week and I was able to use them all. Luckily the hosts of the Airbnbs I stayed at allowed me to use oil, salt, pepper and spices for cooking. Here are the meals I was able to create for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

BREAKFAST:
- Oats mixed with egg whites and topped with peanut butter and blueberries
- Eggs on toast with avocado, tomatoes and lettuce
- Eggs scrambled and mixed with vegetables served in a wrap with ketchup for taste

LUNCH/DINNER:
- Tuna wraps with guacamole, chickpeas and mixed vegetables
- "Burrito bowl" with turkey, rice, black beans, avocado, vegetables, salsa
- "Nachos" Sweet potato sliced into thin circles with turkey, lettuce, avocado and tomatoes on top, served with salsa and guacamole

SNACKS:
- carrots and hummus with a granola bar
- Perfect Bar or KIND bar mixed with a sliced apple and greek yogurt
- Apple slices with peanut butter
- Banana sliced and served on a slice of toast with peanut butter