Fitability

Deb Bailey AFPA, MAT, CanFitPro, YMCA

Grocery Inventory

First, write down every category of food in your cupboards, refrigerator and freezer. You'll have a list that includes things like meat, fish, dairy, vegetables, (fresh, frozen and canned) grains and pasta, breads, condiments, etc.

Next, create an inventory spreadsheet or document where you can write down how many of each item you have. For instance, under meats, create a section of chicken. Under that, make entries for boneless, skinless breasts, thighs, whole chickens, and anything else you may keep in stock. Under dairy, you can have entries for cheddar cheese, butter, margarine, milk, etc. Leave a couple of blank lines in each major category for special items you don't always stock. This part will take a little time, but you have to do it only once, and update periodically. Then print off a copy and grab a clipboard - here's the eye-opening part.

 

Take inventory of absolutely everything you have, writing down your count on your inventory sheet. While you are doing this, check the expiry dates on everything you own. You may be astonished to see some long-expired items lurking at the back of the cupboard! Pitch these, and organize your shelves how you like them. Again, this first inventory will take a bit of time, but once you are organized, you can take inventory before you go shopping in much less time. You can take this sheet with you to the grocery store in case you forget just how much of something you already have. And while you are reorganizing, take the chance to get rid of the low-nutrient items such as chips, candy and sugary treats.

 

Now you translate what you've got into some healthy meals. The key is to plan dinner menus and some lunch choices for a week at a time. Look over your inventory and see what suggests itself to you, and write it down. Have some fun with your cookbooks and look up recipes that will use what you already own, in new and creative ways. Use up as much as you can of current inventory, and write down what you absolutely have to buy. Plan to make some double batches of meals that freeze well. That way you'll have something easy and healthy available for when life gets in the way, and you won't have to resort to takeout. Another benefit of this plan is that you will find some new recipes using ingredients that you haven't tried yet. It's an easy way to experiment with new vegetables or grains.

 

Of course, the best laid plans do go awry sometimes. If you had planned to thaw chicken breasts and marinate them, but forgot to do that in time, look over your planned menus for the rest of the week. See what you can shift around and do perhaps Thursday's dinner on Monday instead. The beauty of having everything you need for that week at hand means that you will avoid most of those last minute trips to the supermarket, and cut down on your bill too.

 

The next step is to create your grocery list, using your menus as a guide. You will shorten your shopping time, reduce your grocery bill, expand your healthy food repertoire, and avoid duplicating items you already have.

 

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GROCERY INVENTORY SHEET

 

Chicken

 

Beef

 

Pork

 

Seafood

 

Reg.breast

 

Roast

 

Chops

 

Haddock

 

Bls breast

 

Ground

 

Tenderloin

 

Shrimp

 

Legs

 

steak

 

Loin roast

 

Trout

 

Thighs

 

stew

 

bacon

 

salmon

 

ground

 

burgers

 

hams

 

Shr. ring

 

 

 

 

 

Sliced ham

 

oysters

 

Frozen

 

Fresh Veg.

 

Canned

 

Tomato

 

Peas

 

Asparagus

 

Peas

 

Diced

 

Corn

 

Beans

 

Corn

 

Paste

 

Fruit

 

Broccoli

 

Lima

 

Sauce

 

cranberry

 

carrots baby

 

Green beans

 

Pizza sce

 

 

 

Carrots  reg.

 

Crm corn

 

Pasta sce

 

 

 

Celery

 

Baby corn

 

 

 

Legumes

 

Cauliflower

 

Bl olives

 

Fish

 

Black bean

 

Cucumber

 

Gr. olives

 

Clams

 

Chickpeas

 

Garlic

 

W. chestnut

 

Salmon

 

Kidney

 

Mushrooms

 

cranberry

 

shrimp

 

Mixt bean

 

Onions

 

Peaches

 

tuna

 

 

 

Peppers red

 

Pears

 

 

 

Soups

 

Peppers, other

 

Mandarin

 

Juices

 

Ch noodle

 

Romaine

 

pineapple

 

Apple

 

Mushroom

 

Head lettuce

 

applesauce

 

Grape

 

Tomato

 

Kale salad

 

Fruit mxt

 

Lemon

 

Other

 

Potatoes

 

 

 

Mixt

 

Ch stock

 

Shallots

 

Condiments

 

Clamato

 

Bf stock

 

Squash

 

Mustard rg.

 

Juice box

 

 

 

turnip

 

Dijon reg.

 

Clam juice

 

Oil/Vinegar

 

 

 

Dijon grainy

 

Sauces

 

Red wine

 

Miscellaneous

 

Dijon honey

 

Bl. bean

 

Balsamic

 

Popcorn

 

Ketchup

 

Shrimp

 

Cider

 

Cocoanut milk

 

Relish

 

Soy

 

w. wine

 

Almond  milk

 

Horseradish

 

Stir-fry

 

White

 

Rice milk

 

Plum sauce

 

Worchest.

 

Raspberry

 

Wild mush.

 

diana marinade

 

 

 

Canola

 

 

 

Soy sauce

 

Spreads

 

olive x. virgin

 

Fresh Fruits

 

Fish sauce

 

P. butter

 

Olive

 

Apples

 

BBQ sauce

 

apple butr

 

Sesame

 

Bananas

 

Dill pickles

 

Rasp. jam

 

 

 

Grapes

 

 

 

Straw jam

 

Dressings

 

Kiwi

 

 

 

marmalade

 

Caesar

 

Lemons

 

Cereals

 

honey

 

Cucumber

 

limes

 

Oatmeal

 

 

 

Balsamic

 

Oranges

 

Granola

 

 

 

Ranch

 

Strawberries

 

 

 

 

 

mayo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baking

 

Pasta/Grains

 

Coffee/tea/oth

 

Dairy

 

Bk pdr

 

wh. rice

 

Tea bags

 

w. milk

 

Bk soda

 

br. rice

 

Tea bags, decaf

 

Ch. milk

 

wh. flour

 

Linguine

 

Coffee, drip

 

Butter

 

ww. flour

 

Fettucine

 

Coffee, instant

 

Margarine

 

Gluten flr

 

Rotini

 

Herbal teas

 

Cr. cheese

 

Dry milk

 

Lasagne

 

Koolaid etc.

 

 chedder

 

w. sugar

 

Farfalle

 

Sweetener pkts

 

marble

 

b. sugar

 

Macaroni

 

Sugar Twin

 

Mozzarella

 

Icing sugar

 

Spaghetti

 

Coffee filters

 

Feta

 

Fruit sugar

 

Barley

 

 

 

Ricotta

 

Dry milk

 

Egg noodles

 

Pet Supplies

 

Parmesan

 

Yeast

 

Vermicelli

 

Cans wet food

 

Gruyere

 

Cocoa

 

Fusilli

 

Dry food

 

Brie

 

Bran

 

 

 

Treats

 

Sour cream

 

raisins

 

Bread/Crackers

 

Litter

 

Condns mlk

 

Salt

 

Bagels

 

toothpaste

 

eggs

 

Muffin cps

 

Gluten free cr.

 

toothbrushes

 

Pln yogurt

 

molasses

 

Pitas

 

 

 

 

 

Bran cereal

 

Soda

 

 

 

 

 

Cornstarch

 

Triscuits

 

Cleaning

 

Toiletries

 

Vanilla

 

Tortillas sm

 

Laundry soap

 

Shampoo

 

Vanilla bean

 

Tortillas lg

 

Bleach

 

Condition

 

Corn syrup

 

Taco shells

 

Fabric softener

 

Hair spray

 

Choc chips

 

Croutons

 

Spot -laundry

 

Hair gel

 

peppercorns

 

 

 

AP cleaner

 

Mousse

 

 

 

Paper Goods

 

Windex

 

Floss

 

 

 

Paper towels

 

Mr. Clean pads

 

Toothpaste

 

Herbs to buy

 

Toilet paper

 

Sponges

 

Body wash

 

 

 

Kleenex, lg

 

Windex

 

Ivory bars

 

 

 

Kleenex, sm

 

Tub cleaner

 

Sunblock

 

 

 

Napkins

 

Liq. dish soap

 

Deodorant

 

 

 

 

 

Dishwasher det.

 

Mouthwsh

 

 

 

Food Wrap

 

Liq hand soap

 

Bandaids

 

 

 

Foil, reg

 

Jet Dry

 

Body lotion

 

Drinks

 

Foil, nonstick

 

Toilet cleaner

 

Q tips

 

Water

 

Plastic wrap

 

Carpet spot cl.

 

Body lotion

 

Tonic

 

Ziplock,  md

 

Carpet cleaner

 

 

 

Iced tea

 

Ziplock, lg

 

Liq hand soap

 

 

 

Ginger ale

 

Zips,lunch

 

Lysol spray

 

 

 

Lemonade

 

paper bags

 

Lysol wipes

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green veg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toothpicks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compost bags

 

 

 

 

 

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