A Trader Joe's meal plan is the definition of winning.Eating healthy is a challenge especially when you're doing it on a budget. Changing your lifestyle seems simple: get up earlier, eat a better breakfast, walk to work, the list goes on. But where do you get the money to get that fresh head of lettuce? Self's Audrey Bruno puts this problem to rest with a cheap, efficient guide to grocery shopping at Trader Joe's while staying loyal to a meal plan.
I had my first Trader Joe's experience this summer. Fresh produce and granola galore! What more can a person ask for?
Bruno makes this semi-religious grocery store run that much simpler. She writes:
Be strategic about when you shop. You might have better luck Thursday or Friday morning, as opposed to Sunday or Monday night.
Even when you're in the middle of the aisle, Bruno is there for you. She lists twenty items that will get you through the week for under $50.00. This grocery list is no joke. It includes whole green lentils, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, chicken tenders, black beans, and bagels. She lists all of these and more. Bruno even includes the price of each item! The total? $40.70.
For an extra $20.00, you can buy some "pantry staples" like extra virgin olive oil, honey, brown sugar and the works. You can read the full list here. A maximum total of $60 will get you breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a whole week! Bruno even provides the recipes for these meals.
Some of my favorites are the spicy corn and bell pepper burritos, roasted cauliflower rice bowl, and the oatmeal with cottage cheese and pear. Unlike many other meal plans, Bruno's offers diversity and options for every meal of the day. Instead of eating an increasingly wilting salad as the week goes on, you can come home to something different every day!
I don't know about you, but I'm a fan! Happy eating!
H/T: Self, Trader Joe's