Here’s a Mini Vacation Grocery Haul for y’all from our trip to Florida!
As you know if you read my Life Lately post (or if you follow my InstaStories), we took a vacation to Florida in January! It was a wonderful, refreshing time to reset and prepare ourselves for the last leg of winter. Though I will say that it was hard coming back to the bitterly cold weather.
Before we left for Florida, I had already determined that I wanted to do a bit of grocery shopping so that we wouldn’t have to eat out for every single meal. Call me weird, but I prefer home cooking to most restaurants. Choosing an Airbnb that had a full kitchen was a priority for me.
So I made a meal plan and wrote out a grocery list that I brought on the plane. Grocery lists are one of those things that are hugely important to me: if I were to lose or forget it, I would have a ton of mental work to do all over again.
After discussing the meal plan with Reuben before we went to the grocery store, we decided to drop a couple of the meals I had planned so we wouldn’t have a lot of leftover food that we would have to either leave behind or throw out. If I had it to do over, I would go ahead and buy the extra food. We had to eat out a lot the last few days, and it just didn’t make me feel great.
Anyway, on to the vacation grocery haul!
Mini Vacation Grocery Haul
The night we flew into Florida, we made a pit stop at a Walmart to buy a few groceries for breakfast. We got a dozen Vital Farms eggs, some butter (It was pretty cool to find President butter at Walmart. We also got Plugra European style butter, and it was awful!), some natural bacon, and a grapefruit.
The next day, we did a little more extensive shopping at the Sprouts in Sarasota. It was my first time shopping at a Sprouts!
Fruits and Vegetables:
We got frozen strawberries (they were quite expensive!), broccolini (I’ve never seen organic broccolini before), parsley, oyster mushrooms, baby bella mushrooms, a tomato, a sweet potato and regular potato, carrots, red bell pepper, and a lemon. All of it was organic except for the oyster mushrooms.
Boulder Canyon coconut oil potato chips (I’d never seen these before), legit sourdough bread (it was actually risen using a sourdough starter, not yeast), a bit of white rice, and capellini pasta (basically angel hair).
Meat and Dairy:
Organic Valley Grassmilk, Organic Valley heavy cream, Noosa lemon yogurt (for Reuben), organic chicken breasts, wild-caught lobster tails, sugar-free bacon, Rumiano organic gouda cheese, and Jones “all-natural” pork sausage. This wasn’t completely sugar free, so I only had half of a patty.
There were also star fruit and grapefruit trees in the backyard of the house we were staying at, and our hostess told us to pick and eat the fruit if we wanted. Of course we wanted!
It was awesome to be able to eat fruit that was fresh from the tree.
Here are some of the meals we made from these groceries:
I cooked up the sweet potato, regular potato, and some of the broccolini just like I do for my Roasted Veggie Bowls. We had that along with some leftover mushrooms, bacon, fried eggs, and fruit for a couple of meals. We also had smoothies made with the frozen strawberries, cream, and milk. And a scramble with the baby bella mushrooms, sausage, and fruit.
We didn’t eat any breakfasts out!
We made sandwiches for a couple of lunches with the sourdough bread, butter, leftover chicken, tomato, and gouda cheese. We also had a few lunches of supper leftovers and eating out.
The second night in Florida we had chicken rice bowls with stir-fried carrots, peppers, and mushrooms. And of course I had to have a slab of butter along with it.
We also had a really awesome meal of lobster with pasta in a creamy lemon sauce with garlic broccolini. Yum!
The other two meals that I had originally planned were my One-Pot Sausage and Veggie Rice and another seafood pasta meal. That would have been so much better than eating out! Waaah!
Also, since the water where we were staying tasted like chlorine, I took to buying La Croix Water whenever I saw it in a coffee shop or cafe. I should have gone ahead and bought the 8-pack at Sprouts, but I thought I wouldn’t be able to drink it all. Ha!
Sugar Free January Update
Because I wasn’t able to stick to my Sugar Free January plan as closely during vacation (I’ll talk more about the details in my final recap post), I’ve decided to extend my SFJ for one more week. Let me know if there’s anything in particular that you’d like me to talk about in my recap post!
Also, would you be interested in a general post about our trip to Florida (with photos of beaches, palm trees, and me in a bathing suit), or only ones that are food-related?