Hello again! I’m quite liking this series and hope you are too. It’s nice because it’s intentional. It makes me slow down and take stock of what I’ve bought and plan to do in the coming week. A good reflection process, and it’s allowed me to narrow in on what doesn’t really need to be bought (to save on the budget). Bye hummus, lemons, and limes!
Albert Heijn and Jumbo
Sorry, got these two mixed up since I did the shopping at the same time! But I would say: 80% from Jumbo and 20% from Albert Heijn.
Produce: bananas, ginger, frozen fruit (mango, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, and cherries), spinach, apples, zuchini, and passion fruit.
Dry goods: chia seeds, nuts, lentils, pasta, granola, buckwheat flour, oatmeal, maple syrup, rice, peanut butter, and pasta sauce,
Other: tempeh (what category does this go in?!)
This was a good week! I only spent 59 euros here even though I felt like I stocked up on a lot.
If you checked out my post from yesterday, you know it was a beautiful day at the Farmer’s Market! I swear, not much else makes me happier than a sunny spring Saturday.
I picked up: beets, broccoli. cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes.
All for just 15 euros! For organic, local produce, I consider that awesome.
That means I spent 74 euros, equaling 37 euros for each of us. I’m happy with that! We each may spend another 5 euros later in the week picking up more milk or pasta sauce, but we’ll see.
Total creature of habit…
Breakfast: banana + cacao oatmeal with hemp + pumpkin + chia seeds, blueberries + raspberries, and peanut butter.
Dinner: (like last week) a variety of grains + a veggie. Keeps things super simple and affordable! If pasta, we just use pasta sauce. If rice or quinoa, I mix in fresh ginger and turmeric. And of course, tempeh!
Snacks: sweet potato fries, nuts, apples, and passion fruit.
Have a wonderful Sunday, and let me know if you have any questions!
Happy Weekend, everyone! You know what that means…I finally have enough time off from work to leave my computer for more than 30 minutes – ha! I tend to do all big tasks over the weekend, as I find that makes me a lot less stressed during the week. Plus, nothing makes me happier than prepping things for the work week on a weekend, hence grocery shopping.
My girlfriend and I are keeping it pretty simple this week in terms of meals since we both have a lot going on. As such, we’re using up a ton of remnants in our pantry (think – quinoa, rice, pasta, lentils) and tried to stock up on just produce.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know we went to a painting class at the Rijksmuseum today (Saturday)! It was such a cool experience that got both of us out of our comfort zone and creative juices flowing. The one downside was I missed the farmer’s market I raved about in my last grocery haul. No problem for one week – I simply bought more produce at Albert Heijn (they have more organic + better quality options in this category over Jumbo).
Onto the haul!
I did most of my shopping here this week.
Produce: apples, broccoli, limes, lemons, bananas, ginger, mangoes, avocados, lettuce, and a ton of frozen fruit (raspberries, blueberries, mango, cherries, pineapple).
Dry-goods: nuts, rice, oat milk (organic Oatly is the only brand I buy if I don’t have time to make my own since it only contains water + sea salt + oats), bread, popcorn kernels, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and a wheatgrass powder for smoothies.
Other: hummus and tempeh.
I spent approximately 60 euros here this week – pretty good and on track!
Produce: spinach, cauliflower, two zucchinis, and (more) broccoli.
Dry-goods: pasta, coffee, cauliflower, (more) peanut butter, and pasta sauce.
I spent 16 euros here, which brings the total weekly spend to 77 euros (38.5 euros for each of us).
You will soon begin to see I’m a creature of habit! But I think that’s okay as it makes eating healthy not too overwhelming. Find what you like and stick with it!
Breakfast: banana + cacao oatmeal with hemp + pumpkin seeds, blueberries + raspberries, and peanut butter.
Lunch: avocado toast with chickpea mash + smoothie (banana, mango, pineapple, cherries, wheatgrass powder, and spinach).
Dinner: a mix of many things this week! It will be a grain (quinoa/pasta/rice/lentils) + large serving of vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini) + tempeh.
Snacks: nuts, apples, homemade popcorn, and chocolate.
I guess you could maybe call this a “Lazy Vegan Haul”! I’d love to know – do you stick with your favorite meals week after week or do you need more variety? Breakfast + Lunch is where I’m a creature of habit, so I try to incorporate some variety into dinner mostly.
So. Much. Plastic. Ugh. How do you shop without plastic + keep your grocery bill down? There’s an awesome bulk store close to me, but I’ve tested shopping there and it’s regularly 2-3 euros more expensive for the exact same thing/amount at Albert Heijn or Jumbo. Maybe that’s just an Amsterdam problem. I’m still on the hunt and mission to improve!
I love getting a peak into other people’s grocery hauls, so I thought – why not share mine? I typically do a large shop on Saturday or Sunday that gets us through until (maybe) Thursday, when we need to do a small shop to get us through a few more days.
I would LOVE to be able to go to the grocery store only once I week (I think that’s the American in me), but I can never seem to buy enough (or rather, carry enough…) to last us through. And I’m always the girl at the checkout counter with 3x more than anyone else!
It’s very European to grocery shop every few days, which is something I realized living in London last year and now living in Amsterdam. I think it’s the combination of smaller refrigerator/freezers and also less-treated produce. It goes bad much faster than produce in America, and I consider that a good thing! Less chemicals going into my body.
One last disclaimer – this is for two people. I live with my partner and we make all meals together.
I feel so lucky to live so close to, what I consider to be, the best farmer’s market in all of Amsterdam! Noodermarkt. Big claim there, considering this city has so many, but hear me out.
Everything is 100% organic.
It’s small enough to not be overwhelming, but big enough to have everything you need.
The variety is fantastic. Produce, dry goods, breads, pottery, fish & meats (if you’re into that), and more. If my budget was big enough for 100% artisanal and organic foods, I could do all my shopping here. Maybe one day!
I typically stick to getting as much produce as I can here, and if my budget allows it, a large loaf of sourdough bread (it’s a few euros more expensive than the grocery store).
This week, I purchased: carrots, broccoli, spinach, kale, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and a cucumber. All for 15 euros! If you look at the amounts of spinach and kale, I don’t consider that price half bad.
The produce part of the market runs every Saturday from 9am-4pm, and do I sound older than I am when I say I look forward to it every week?
Oh, how I love Jumbo too! I used to shop solely at its more upscale competitor, Albert Heijn, before finally trying and converting on the spot.
Surprisingly, Jumbo has a much better selection of vegan items than Albert Heijn, and nearly the exact same items when it comes to dry goods, at a significantly cheaper price. I save a lot of money by shopping here.
This week, I bought…
Dry goods: two loaves of bread, oatmeal, maple syrup, black beans, peanut butter, nuts, quinoa, hemp seeds, and yeast.
Produce: two frozen raspberries, two frozen blueberries, lemons, limes, passion fruit, three avocados, four apples, tempeh, hummus, and five bananas.
Un-pictured: Toilet paper, dishwasher pods, and dish soap.
I spent 55 euros.
Specialty Item Stores
Depending on what I’m making and what I need for that week, I’ll frequent either Vegabond, Marqt, or Ekoplaza for a better selection of bulk or specialty items.
This week I stopped by Vegabond for it’s awesome selection of chocolate, and Ekoplaza to get almonds and hazelnuts in bulk to make homemade milk! Chocolate picture above, and no pictures of the nuts unfortunately.
I spent 3.25 euros at Vegabond, and 8 euros at Ekoplaza.
What I’m Making This Week
If any of the recipes call for items I haven’t bought this week, it’s because I already have them on hand.
Breakfast: Banana + Cacao oatmeal with frozen fruit + peanut butter + hemp seeds, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds.
All in all, I spent 81.25 euros this week. So approximately 40 euros for each person. I don’t consider this too bad, although I typically come closer to 30 or 35 euros for this shop! I think the bulk nuts I had to stock up on again for milk pushed this week higher.
On our Thursday shop, we’ll probably spend 10 euros (5 euros per person), which will get us in at around 50 euros per person this week. 50 euros is my max, so at least we’ll have stayed under that.
I would love for everything I put into my mouth to be organic. I believe in it’s benefits over conventional farming practices so much. However, my budget doesn’t always allow for it.
I know, I know…consistently buying and eating organic now could save on hundreds or thousands of dollars on health care costs in the future. I believe in this so much! Alas yet, I really can’t stretch my budget to eat 100% organic.
Right now, I aim for 90% organic with my produce (the farmers market really helps this!), and always buying the dirty dozen organic.
For dry goods, I try to make one product switch at a time. For example, I started with grains. The quinoa I bought this week is organic, and I’ll continue to buy that organic. In a few weeks, I’ll start buying, say, my peanut butter or oatmeal organic. I think making these small steps is the best way to long term consistency and sustainability. I started with the produce, and now I’m working through my dry goods!
Hope you all enjoyed! I plan to do this as a weekly series, and I think it will be a really interesting experience to document what I buy, what I’m making, and what I spend to see if there are any patterns or habits I can deduce.