Good evening, people!
I get requests here and there for certain blog posts, but this has been hands down the most requested, so I figure I’ll give the people what they’re asking for!
I often get asked if my groceries are super expensive as a vegan, and to answer that question, yes and no.
Of course natural and organic food brands tend to be pricier, but there is no saying those products need to purchased all the time, and by all means, if you’re on a college budget, let’s hope you don’t purchase them all the time. You just gotta be smart with your purchases. Personally, I am always tempted to buy new natural food items to try and of course my staple favorites, but as a college student, I must be conservative. Keep in mind though, you get what you pay for! Most of these foods are more expensive for good reason.
Think of it like this…would you rather pay a few more dollars now or thousands upon thousands later for open-heart surgery? I know that’s extreme, but heart disease is one of the most common causes of death in America and the source is within your grocery cart!
As far as the bulk of my groceries goes, they are relatively inexpensive. These include my legumes (beans and nuts), grains (oatmeal, quinoa, barley, etc.), fruits and vegetables.
What does add up is keeping myself constantly stalked with fresh fruits and veggies, as we know these items tend to go bad if not consumed in a timely manner so constant replenishment is necessary.
Colleen’s Typical Grocery List
Food I buy on the reg:
- Red grapes
- Spinach or kale
- Broccoli or brussels sprouts
- Sweet potatoes
- Bell peppers
- Black beans
- Garbanzo beans
- Steel cut oats
- Almond milk
The more expensive items I usually like to buy in bulk and somewhat conserve them (usually at a wholesale store at home):
- Nut butters
- Bars (Larabar, KIND, Vega, etc.)
- Sprouted grain wraps or bread
- Raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews)
- Ground flax seed
- Chia seeds
Grocery trip frequency
I would say I find myself going to the grocery store about 1-2 times per week, depending on my amount of free time. If I have no time to stop by the grocery store or am running low on funds, I stop by a dining hall salad bar and pick up all the raw veggies I need for the time being to cook meals. Perks of having a meal plan!
This semester is zooming by and I’m busy as ever! This is the last week of classes until spring break. No crazy tropical plans here– just a little bit of refreshing time at home with my family and then a short trip to my family’s house in the Outerbanks with some friends.
This past weekend was an exciting weekend for my sorority, as we had big-little reveal and a date party. Let’s just say fun was had by all!
Meet Lauren, my little! She’s actually a vegetarian, so I guess you could say she’s pretty cool. People also say we look like twins (she’s the one on the left).
That’s all for now! This girl has gotta head to bed. She has a date tomorrow at 7 AM sharp with the gym and she can’t be late!
Yes, the gym and I have been going strong through out the semester, usually hanging out 5-6 times per week, where we do sprint intervals and weight training. I can’t wait to see where our relationship takes us! I can tell this one is a keeper.
I try to be clever. C-how-I-do?