If you don’t know this already, I love grocery shopping. It’s just as fun as clothes shopping for me but I never feel guilty for spending $$ because I can justify buying food much easier than I can justify buying a new handbag 😉
When I left Indianapolis and moved to Rochester, I was nervous there would be no good grocery stores. I had been so spoiled in Indy with Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Fresh Market, an awesome farmers market, Costco, and Kroger.
Much to my surprise and delight, Rochester has a great selection of grocery stores and don’t worry, I’ve tried them all.
Yesterday was my day off from the ICU and so I took the opportunity to visit 3 of my favorite grocery stores (yes 3). Am I the only one who wants to spend their day off checking out produce?
Really the only store I missed yesterday was Costco. I have a vacation coming up for Labor Day and so I didn’t want to buy too much food if we will be leaving for a few days. I guess I also skipped Target. I don’t buy food at Target too often, but every now and then I will find some great things there. Especially snacks- Target never disappoints if you’re looking for snacks.
My first stop was People’s Coop. This store is an exact replica of Whole Foods. It looks JUST like Whole Foods on the inside (maybe slightly smaller) and offers basically all of the same products. I have several favorite things about the co-op. One, they have this coffee that is INCREDIBLE. I get a cup every time I go there and, mmmmmm, it’s just so smooth and coffee-ee? I’m terrible at describing coffee flavors. If I sounded all fancy and told you it had subtle caramel and chocolate notes, would you believe me? At least that’s what the label says.
The next thing I love about the co-op is their clearance section. Every day, they put fruits and veggies that are about to go bad in the clearance section. I have found some AWESOME deals on fruits that are perfect for freezing for smoothies and veggies that still look fresh- just need to be cooked that day or the next day.
I ended up getting:
A huge watermelon for $3.50
Local eggs (they sell the same eggs at the normal grocery store Hy-Vee, but they are $0.25 cheaper at the co-op)
2 heads of cauliflower, on clearance for $0.99!
A whole bag of plums, on clearance for $0.99
Chocolate chips- I made some protein muffins yesterday with them
Strawberries on clearance for $0.99! They were REALLY about to go bad, so I quickly cut them up and frozen them for smoothies.
Some seitan (the chorizo flavor is my favorite)
And these little fruit leathers that have veggies in them too- looked like an interesting snack to try!
I brought my own grocery bag and so I was given 2 little wooden chips to donate to a charity of my choice. Since I’ve been in the ICU and sent several patients home with hospice care, I thought it was very fitting to put my chips in the hospice jar.
What a nice thing for a grocery store to do 🙂
Next, with coffee in hand, I headed to Hy-Vee, the big supermarket here in Rochester.
And I left with:
Silk (my favorite almond milk ever)
Green onions- for eggs 🙂 Did you know green onions have more antioxidants than most other fruits and veggies- they are a secret super food!
Salmon- I’m thinking about making salmon zucchini cakes
A massive tomato- locally grown, looked too good to pass up
And these cute little guacamoles. They were on sale and so I thought I would give them a try. I normally don’t love packaged guac, but these looked pretty tasty!
A few days ago I took a screen shot of this recipe from instagram:
Doesn’t that sound so good?
I really wanted to get artichokes at Hy-Vee but they were $2 each and I thought that was a little pricey so I skipped it.
Last on my list was Trader Joe’s. I left with this:
2 artichokes! They were only $1.50 and so I took it as a sign and got them 🙂
3 avocados. I think I will make some tuna salad today and I love using avocado instead of mayonnaise
Fage, for my salmon cakes
Cheese for the artichokes
Caesar dressing for the artichokes. (and because we have no salad dressing at home)
And these garden veggie chicken sausages.
Kyle and I grilled the sausages for dinner last night and had cauliflower on the side. Perfect dinner in my opinion!
After my grocery shopping extravaganza, I convinced myself to go to the gym. I walked there while talking to my mom on the phone. My phone is broken and only works on speaker phone or with headphones, which makes it hard to talk to people! But we had a nice chat while I walked the 2 miles to my gym.
Then I did this short strength workout:
I followed it up with 20 minutes on the elliptical and then ran/walked home. I was pretty tired after that!
Tell me, do you love grocery shopping? Or are you one of those people who hate it and avoid it?
Do you think I’m crazy for going to 3 different stores on my day off?