As a personal trainer and active college student on a budget, one of the most common questions I get in regards to nutrition is: what do you eat? To answer this question, I’m including a recent week’s shopping in review (don’t worry, this covers a lot more than just one week!), which includes my must-have’s on my grocery list and staple foods that I always keep in the pantry – along with the prices of several of the items.
A few of these were huge bargains, such as the rice protein powder (4.99 marked down from originally being $20!) and other than the fresh fruits and veggies, these last a long time! The oats and protein powder have both lasted me over 2 months, and taste great when put together. They’re also versatile enough to use in a variety of recipes, from no-bake protein bites to pumpkin protein muffins.
Whether you’re a college student on a budget or simply someone trying to buy healthier groceries, I hope this list gives you some ideas and helps prove the point that healthy groceries can be affordable and appetizing!
Oats – 2.99 for a huge tub!
Quinoa – 2.79-3.79
Whole Grain Sandwich Thins – 2.99 (?)
Spinach – 2.99
Green Beans – 2.99
Brussels Sprouts – 2.79
Broccoli – 2.99
Carrots – 1.79
Mushrooms – 2.29
Tomato – .79
Sweet potatoes (not pictured)
Strawberries – 2.99
Frozen berries, apples, pears and bananas (not pictured)
Avocados (also not pictured!)
Greek Yogurt – 4 pack, 3.69
Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
Milk (sometimes non-dairy – almond, coconut, or soy) – 2.99
Chicken Breast – 6.99
Ground Turkey – 5.99
Turkey (I know, enough turkey…) – 3.59
Fish (not pictured)
Reduced Sodium Black Beans
Veggie burgers (not pictured) – 3.50-3.99 / box of 4
Eggs – 3.69
Protein Powder – 4.99 – a HUGE bargain! Usually costs me about $17-20.
Protein Pancake Mix – $13, but again, lasts a while, and only used occasionally.
Almond Butter (often flavored and protein-infused) – $7.99
Chia seeds – $10-12 range – a little pricier, but lasts me a long time!
Pumpkin (’tis the season!) – $2.09
Hummus – $2.99
Popcorn, kettle corn, or rice cakes for snacking – $2.99
Dark chocolate for a sweet treat 🙂
Coffee and tea!
Stevia, cinnamon, and other spices to flavor