I don’t know what it says about me, but I am totally and completely fascinated by what other people buy at the grocery store. Admittedly, grocery shopping is one of my favorite pastimes, so this interest isn’t really all that unexpected. When I’m waiting in line at the store, I always like to see what the person in front of me is buying…
“wonder what she’s using that asparagus for?”
“ooh! I’ve never seen that brand of cheese before!”
“mmm, that pie looks tasty…”
I’ve also recently discovered the joys of “grocery haul” videos on YouTube, particularly those for keto diet adherents. So in a similar vein, I thought I would share a recent grocery haul of my own. Bear in mind that I do share a household with my husband and one-year-old son, who are not following a ketogenic diet. This particular week was also the first time in a while that I had shopped at Trader Joe’s, so there are a number of new-to-me products that I can’t say if I recommend yet.
dairy + eggs
-unsweetened almond milk: Frankly, I drink a lot of this. I know some people aren’t a fan of some of the additives, but it satisfies a lot of my criteria: I like the taste, it’s low in carbs, and it delivers a hefty dose of calcium.
-coconut creamer: An impulse purchase–haven’t tried it yet. (5 cals and 1g carb per tablespoon).
-friendship cottage cheese: Technically, this item by itself is a little high in protein and low in fat to be keto-friendly, but I love it enough that I don’t care. The texture is perfect (ever so slightly dry, with small curds), and the carb count is relatively low (4g per half-cup serving). Publix doesn’t sell a full-fat version, so I stick with the 1% milk fat. I usually eat it with nuts or nut butter on top, so it all balances out in the end.
-shredded cheddar: This is mostly used for scrambled eggs in our house. Sometimes the pre-shredded cheeses have potato starch added to prevent clumping, so if you’re a keto purist, you might want to shred your own.
-slicing brie: My husband Seth and I are on a bit of a Brie kick these days. I’ve never tried this particular kind, but the brick as opposed to the wheel seemed like it could be more practical.
-eggs: Yes, that’s three dozen eggs you see. We eat a lot of them, obviously. I hard-boil a dozen every week for snacking and salad-topping. Seth and my 1-year-old eat scrambled eggs for breakfast most days too.
The produce you see here is pretty typical–we buy most of these things on a weekly basis. One thing I won’t skimp on is vegetables. Sure, they have carbs, but they have so much more to offer, nutrition-wise; plus, I just love them. I eat small amounts of berries on occasion (for the same reason), but honestly, my toddler ends up eating most of them.
All of these items are new to me, except for the sriracha hummus.
-uncured turkey bacon: I’m thinking Cobb salads need to happen this week.
-roasted chicken strips + turkey breast: I’ve seen these on other blogs, so I wanted to give them a try. I usually buy a pound of deli meat each week, but I bought these instead this time–they seem like easy protein options for salads. Word to the wise, the turkey breast does have 1g carbohydrate per 3-oz serving (due to the seasoning).
-uncured pepperoni: The husband has been requesting pizza night, so we’ll see if we can make a keto-friendly version with these as the topping.
-polar seltzer: I love this brand of seltzer. It’s not as widely available down South for some reason (seems to be a New England thing?), but Publix recently started carrying it. Even better, they were on sale, 3 for $8!
-simply lite dark chocolate: I’ve gotten into the habit of buying myself some sort of dark chocolate on a regular basis. I saw this brand on another blog, and I was intrigued. It does contain sugar alcohols, which I’m not a huge fan of, but the two squares I had while typing up this post were tasty enough.
-peanuts, almonds, macadamias: These are items that keto purists would also disapprove of, but much like vegetables, nuts are one thing I can’t live without. Trader Joe’s has decent prices on them, particularly on macadamias. A bag that size at a traditional grocery store would sell for $15 easily, whereas TJ’s sells them for $8.99.
-ground coffee: new flavor, chocolate cappuccino. Seth will probably whine about it, but whatever–I do the grocery shopping, dangit.
-marinara: surprisingly low in carbs–6g (1g fiber) per half-cup serving. This will likely be used for the aforementioned pizza night.
-coconut oil spray, hot sauce, pink salt: items advertised or seen elsewhere that piqued my interest. I’m such a sucker.
-peanut butter: peanut butter is my life force. This Trader Joe’s version is one of the few that is salty enough for my taste. Remember, you needs lots of salt on keto!
I’d love to hear if you have any interesting grocery finds lately–leave a comment below!