Morning and happy hump day!!
I realize I haven’t given an update on my baby nephew Harper in a while and wanted to let you all know that he is doing great right now. He’s up to 2 pounds (still tiny, but he dipped under 1 pound after birth!) and he’s being fed solely breast milk at this point and is up to 15 mL per feeding, where a whole feed is considered 10 mL (he’s definitely a Klein!). My sister and her hubby seem to be in much better spirits, and its so nice to see pictures of them with genuine smiles on their faces – its been far too long. He’s not quite out of the woods yet, but yesterday was his 7 week birthday and he is really defying the odds! Please keep the positive thoughts and vibes coming his way!
On a completely different note, yesterday I went grocery shopping for the first time on my $50 weekly challenge. I thought it might be fun to share with you exactly how I spend the money to see if this is doable. The “rules” are that I can use any coupons I have, everything in my pantry/freezer, and that I get the $50 weekly replenished on Tuesday. (Also note: I mostly just cook for myself, so if you are looking at cooking for more than one, I am sure you’d have to spend more than $50 a week!) I had a pan backordered from Crate and Barrel and got a call yesterday that it was in, so I decided to go to Whole Foods since its right next door. Two birds, one stone.
While Whole Foods can definitely be a challenge to bargain shop at, I glanced on the website to see what was on sale and used that for part of my menu planning/creating a shopping list. I went in with a list and only bought a few things NOT on the list, and felt I did pretty well!
- Organic Cilantro
- 2 Limes
- 3 organic tomatoes
- 4 organic honeycrisp apples (on sale!)
- Corn Tortillas
- Tofurky (have never tried this before)
- Lowfat cottage cheese
- Spring Mix
- Organic Valley Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
- FlaxPlus Pumpkin Granola (bulk bins)
Almost all organic, and I got everything for $23 – so I still have $27 left to spend!
Breakfast this morning was delicious. I made Heat n Eat steel cut oats last night and just a single serving this time which worked perfect. I put 1/4 cup steel cut oats with 1 cup of water, brought it to a boil for 1 minute, covered it, and left it out all night. This morning, I added 1/4 cup lowfat cottage cheese (8 grams of protein!) and 1/2 cup canned pumpkin.
I topped it with some of the FlaxPlus Pumpkin Granola from the bulk bins.
It was delicious! The bowl was actually enormous, and clocked in at just 4 points on Weight Watchers including the topping. Without the granola (1/4 cup), it was only 3 points for a massive bowl of oats packed with whole grains, protein, and fiber.
Do you have a weekly/monthly budget for groceries? How are you about sticking to it? If you don’t mind sharing, how much do you spend per week/month and how many people do you cook for with it?