Back to school season-Grocery list

grocery list

It’s back to school season and I know most students are ready to decorate their dorm rooms or new apartments. While all of that is awesome, don’t forget to decorate your kitchen. By decorate, I mean beautify it with all the food types necessary for your well being. I will attempt a grocery list depending on the diet you are following but first I will start with the must haves in every college student’s pantry.

A general grocery list should always contain at least two of each of those:

  • Fruits and veggies
  • Grains, pasta and spices
  • Protein
  • Fat and oil

Additionally, basic ingredients you should always carry in your pantry:

  • Flour ( good for thickening sauces and baking)
  • Rice ( you can make various types of rice with various types of vegetables)
  • Mustard ( one of my staples to season meat)
  • Snacks ( bread, crackers, chips)
  • Cereal
  • Mac and cheese
  • Instant noodles
  • Soups: chicken noodles, mushrooms, clam etc…

On top of the basic ingredients listed above, every college students should consider adding those items to their list:

  • Frozen peas, asparagus, spinach or any other frozen veggies to your liking
  • Frozen strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, peach or any other fruits to your liking
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Dried pasta
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic, parsley, chili, black pepper powder
  • Chicken, beef or fish
  • Olive or canola oil, avocado, peanut or almond butter

If you are a vegetarian, that means you exclude meat or any animal product from your diet for either moral, religious or health reasons. If you fall into that group, you can follow this same list minus the meat and or the eggs and milk. You can substitute the milk with almond, coconut, hemp, rice or soy milk.

If you are a vegan that means you strictly exclude any animal product from your diet. In this case, you will need a good source of iron, protein and other vitamins. This means you can use the list above minus the eggs and milk. A few staples for the vegans:

  • Tofu
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Sprouted-grain bread
  • Tempeh
  • Bananas ( good source of iron)
  • Beans (good source of iron)
  • Nut butter
  • Avocado

A pescatarian just needs to substitute any meat for seafood and can choose to exclude or include eggs and milk.

If you would like to suggest any other item feel free to comment below 🙂


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