I went grocery shopping today for the first time since I made the decision to stop spending so much on groceries. My budget was $100, and I ended up spending $99.58. I didn't bring a calculator or anything, but I'm really good at estimating cost. When my husband and I shop together, we always guess what the total will be, and I win every single time--usually within a couple of dollars :)
Grocery shopping is so much different when you're considering the cost rather than the calories or nutrition value. Since I'm eating intuitively, I'm not so insistent on certain brands or anything to get the least amount of calories for the largest amount of food. I still bought pretty healthy stuff, but I left out a lot of things that I normally would have loved to buy--like almond butter :( My Kettle almond butter is $6/jar, and I just can't afford that. Also nixed from the list were Vitatop muffins--$4 per box; Ezekiel bread--$4/loaf; So Delicious coconut milk creamer--$2.50; almond milk--$3/half gallon; and some other things. Those are items that only I use, so it wasn't fair for me to spend my family's grocery budget on them. I'll survive ;)
I bought a couple of bags of unsweetened coconut to make coconut butter. I had yet ANOTHER almost-empty nut butter jar (Kettle almond butter) this morning, so I used it for cold oats in a jar again. I washed out the jar after breakfast, and used it for the coconut butter that I made:
Lori's blog that the sweetened coconut doesn't work), threw it into my food processor, and let it rip for about 20 minutes. Occasionally, I'd stop it and scrape down the sides. It takes a long time, and I seriously thought my processor was about to overheat, but finally I was rewarded with yummy coconut butter. Some people add things to it (like chocolate!) but I've only made it plain.
My husband said that the pizza place near us now has a "chili dog pizza". I thought that would be super easy to create at home, so that's what I'm making for dinner tonight. Homemade pizza crust, hot dog chili sauce, cheddar cheese, hot dog slices, raw onions, and mustard. Doesn't that sound awesome?!
Tomorrow morning, I'm leaving at 5:15 to head up north with my friends Renee, Jessica, and Rachael. We're going to a wine festival, and then staying overnight by the beach. It should be a fun overnight girls trip. I won't be around to write a blog, but I might prepare a blog that will post tomorrow.
Do you buy any items at the grocery store that are pretty expensive, but you just have to buy it? I can give up a lot of things, but I won't budge on my natural peanut butter. I don't care what brand it is, but the only acceptable ingredients to me are peanuts (and maybe salt).