A Kid In a Candy Store

9 05 2011

Hi Friends. I (Chloe) hope that you all had terrific weekends. Given that it was supposed to rain both on Saturday and Sunday here in D.C. and the skies were blue both days, I was a pretty happy camper! I was able to get in 2 bike rides, 1 run and 1 swim. It was a big training weekend for me…but this week is a recovery week so I will be taking it down a notch in preparation for my first triathlon of the season, the Kinetic Sprint! This past weeks workouts for me looked like this…

Monday: AM-Swim 3000 meters PM- Run 10 miles

Tuesday: PM- Bike 15 miles (working on sprints and one leg drills)

Wednesday: AM- Swim 2500 (didn’t feel so good on Wed so took the PM off)

Thursday: AM Run 4.5 miles PM- decided not to do my 15 mile bike because I still wasn’t feeling great

Friday: 4 miles walk (still feeling off)

Saturday: AM swim 5000 meters, Later in the AM 20milebike/2.5 mile run BRICK (I was dead on Sat night!)

Sunday: Bike 30 miles

And now onto the fun stuff. Given that my legs were dead from my weekend of training and this week is MOVING WEEK, (SO EXCITED!) I had no desire to plan a week of complicated meals or treck up to the grocery store. So, my wonderful friend and next door neighbor Nisha let me borrow her car to take a little trip to Trader Joes. I knew before the trip even took place that I was going to come home with all sorts of extra items  goodies, but I think I took grocery shopping to a whole new level this week. I can’t control myself in TJ’s! Im seriously like a kid in a candy store. Some of the goods… (yeah…not even all of it could fit on the counter)

I think that I sufficiently covered the entire food pyramid during this trip. And doesn’t it all look so colorful and exciting? Am I the only one who gets this excited about a stocked fridge/cabinet full of TJ’s?! Most grocery stores don’t keep their shelves stocked with 2 of my favorite flavors of Fage Greek  Yogurt, but TJ’s does!

Blueberry Acai and Cherry Pomegranate! As I mentioned, this week I am moving, but that doesn’t mean that fast food has to enter the equation. TJ’s has TONS of easy healthy options that you can put together super quickly. This weeks eats will include Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs, Pesto Chicken and marinated Ahi Tuna steaks. Sound good?

Of course, in a house that has a constant stock of hummus, I grabbed TJ’s 3 layer zesty cilantro, traditional and roasted red pepper hummus.

And of course,  snacks 🙂  Wasabi peas and chocolate covered pretzels. I also grabbed a bag of baked plantains and a bag of veggie tortilla chips which missed the picture but are awesome! They are made out of veggies and flax seed and are super thick. Great with some good salsa! Clearly mushroom and herb risotto isn’t a snack, but it will taste mighty good with that fish!

I dug into the chocolate pretzels on my way home 🙂 And by the end of the night, most snack bags had chip clips on them. I just had to give everything a taste…make sure it was all OK for Chris to eat! I am sure that you are wondering how badly my bank account was hit this week. Not bad at all! Given that SO many items at TJ’s are only a buck 99, I managed to get out of the store paying only $75. I would consider that a steal 🙂 Definitely looking forward to the next weeks eats!

Question of the Day: Are you good at staying on a budget in the grocery store?

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13 responses

9 05 2011
Tara Molles

Wow Chloe! I thought you would have gone in the three digits with those items! Good for you. I am not an extreme couponer, but I enjoy savings so I try to get to the grocery store when they have super doubles. This means that a coupon up to $1.98 is doubled. I could potentially save almost $4 off a single item if I had the right coupon! I hit Harris Teeter every now and then and save a ton when this happens…thanks for sharing your good eats!

9 05 2011
321delish

wow! Where do you find these “super doubles”? That is an awesome deal!

9 05 2011
Tara Molles

There are several coupon website out there and I don’t know what would be best for you, but I use southernsavers.com, hip2save.com, and couponmom.com. Couponmom.com you can actually choose a grocery store in your location to see the deals. I am not sure what grocery stores are in DC but Harris Teeter and Bi Lo regularly double coupons up to 99 cents, but occasionally they have the “super Doubles” event which doubles the larger coupons. A lot of coupons are for junk, but sometimes you can find great deals on Ziploc bags, pasta, salad dressing, etc. They also have awesome deals for toiletry items, and a lot of times you can get these for free!

9 05 2011
Trisha

That looks amazing! I love stocking up. I don’t have a TJ around here, sadly, but Costco and Whole Foods are FABULOUS!

9 05 2011
321delish

I find Costco to be completely overwhelming and Whole Foods is so expensive (but I also love it :)) I hear Harris Teeter is like TJ’s but have never been…

9 05 2011
Beth

I love reading about your workouts. Good luck with the kinetic sprint! I can stick to a budget in the grocery store as long as I have a list. If I don’t have a list, that’s when $12/lb cheese and exotic fruits start to call my name. I used to adore TJ’s and Whole Foods, but since I moved, I have a whole new grocery store Kryptonite. Berkeley Bowl has a selection better than Whole Foods with prices better than TJ’s. It’s amazing. I bring all our visitors to the grocery store as though it’s a tourist attraction 🙂 Luckily my family already knew I was kind of weird.

9 05 2011
321delish

haha. I love that a) your grocery store is called Kryptonite and b) that you bring visitors to the store! I hope that when you do break the budget your cheeses and exotic fruits make it into some delicious dish 🙂

9 05 2011
Erin @ untilyoutri

That’s so exciting! I get so excited about grocery shopping, and definitely for TJs grocery shopping:). When I lived in Bethesda I was across the street from a TJs and did most of my shopping there, now I’m not as close to one so don’t go as often *sad face*. Your pics are really making me want to go, though!! Good luck moving!

9 05 2011
321delish

thanks! hope your foot is feeling better!

9 05 2011
Chris

I am terrible when it comes to grocery stores (TJ’s, Whole Foods, any health/organic specialty place like the Bethesda Co-Op in Cabin John), running stores, or bike shops. My heaven would be a TJ’s with a tri store next to it and a gym in the back! I cannot go in and stick to budget! There never is such a thing as just looking for me!

9 05 2011
321delish

haha I think you are onto some type of business venture…I would definitely come to your store! I have never heard of to Bethesda Co-Op but will have to check it out!

9 05 2011
Chris

The Co-Op is great. On the corner of seven locks and MacArthur. Small but they have a great variety of products with lots of supplements, cereals, bulk granola/nuts/oats/dried fruit, and fresh produce all of which is “local” (some from PA, some from southern MD, and Northern VA) they also have some great beer and wine choices

9 05 2011
321delish

awesome! I will definitely have to check it out. Maybe on my way back from a ride 🙂

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