Grocery Haul for Two and a Nutrition Packed Breakfast Smoothie

Good Morning! My grocery haul post is a day late. I was going to get it out yesterday but then Friday seemed to take on a life of its own! So here it is today.

I shopped at both Winco and Costco this week. My first stop was Winco...

I picked up some apples and bananas along with a few veggies; cabbage, cucumber mushrooms, tomatoes and a package of spring mix lettuce. I also got eggs, half n half and a bottle of italian sweet creamer. I don't use creamers a lot but since it's non dairy it will last a while. It's nice to have the option occasionally and to have it when people come to visit.

Also I picked up some things for my little kitty...

But I don't include those items with my grocery total as they are budgeted under “animal” expenses.

The total for groceries from Winco was: $16.00

My next stop was Costco..

It was only a few items. I picked up a 13lb box of oranges. The cost of the oranges was $12.99. We eat a lot of them so I thought I'd see if we can get through a whole box before they go bad. I put about half of them in the fridge to last a little a longer.

I also bought a bag of potato chips, a bottle of ranch dressing, 5#'s of Tillamook cheese and a package of Evergood brand Hot Links. I really like those sausages and can't find them at the Costco I normally shop at. I was at a different Costco and saw them and picked up a package for the freezer. I also bought some brats. They are yummy cooked just about any method. Putting them on bbq is one of my favorite ways to cook them and since it's summer I figured it would be nice to have them in the freezer.

The total spent at Costco was $61.00

Grand total for this weeks groceries was (all totals are rounded up):


Soon I'll be doing a weekly average.


Nutrition Packed Breakfast Smoothies

I've posted about smoothies many times. I love them because they are so easy to make and depending on what you put them super nutrient dense. I also love them in the summer for a quick energy boosting way to get a healthy meal in when you don't want to cook.

The key to getting lots of nutrition from a smoothie has to do with what you put in it. If you only put fruit in, it's a waste of a good opportunity :).

Here are a few things I like to add to my smoothies..

 The little bowls on the left have chia seeds and hemp hearts (I use about 2T of each). Both of these are high in protein and nutrients. Plus very high in fiber. The bowl on the right in the back has Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (20 oz) - Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed, Hydrolyzed - Paleo, Keto, Whole30, Gluten-Free (affiliate link). This is a natural source of collagen which is a great easily digestible protein. It dissolves easily, is tasteless and 2 scoops will give you 18 grams of protein. The product you see in the picture is my new favorite. The collagen comes from grass fed, pasture raised cows. On top of the great source of protein it is also wonderful for your hair, skin, nails, joints and bones.

In the last little bowl on the right I have a few mixed nuts (¼ cup approx) that I'll add as well. These are a great source of natural fats and a little more protein too.

I most often use nut milk for my smoothies as I still have issues with too much dairy at one time. This is my favorite brand..

I combine all this in the blender with a few frozen strawberries (any fruit would work) and I forgot to get the oats in the picture (I add a couple tablespoons of dry oats)...

Finally I add a few handfuls of spinach (you can also add a sweetener of your choice, I usually do not but if I do it's honey)..

Blend it all up and enjoy a delish tasting and nutritionally packed smoothie!

That's all for this week's Grocery Haul!


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