What’s in my shopping trolley?

​Here are my top 15 things that are always in my shopping trolley.


  1.  ​Eggs. I use eggs at least once a day. I generally have a 3-4 hard-boiled eggs stored in the fridge. This is a perfect grab and go breakfast or mid-morning snack. Easily last 3 days in the fridge.
  2. Chicken. Raw or pre-cooked. If I’ve got time, I’ll buy raw and roast big batches of chicken breast or thighs. But I’ll frequently buy ready cooked portions or slices for when I’m too busy or too knackered!
  3. Prawns. Ready cooked, either fresh or frozen (defrosts easily in warm water).
  4. Smoked fish. Salmon or mackerel. Both go really nicely with eggs (scrambled with salmon, poached with mackerel!) Yummmm.
  5. Cottage cheese. Eat with carrot, cucumber, tomato, celery, etc.
  6. Full fat yoghurt. Eat with fruit, berries, nuts or seeds
  7. Avocado. Lovely with prawns, eggs, or bacon. Super healthy, don’t worry about the fat or calories. It’s all good stuff.
  8. Mediterranean vegetables. Courgettes, aubergines, peppers. Cook in bulk with lashings of lovely olive oil. Chopping takes minutes (no need to peel) and you can just forget in the oven for about 40 minutes (depending on how well done you like then!)  Perfect to brighten up your lunchtime salad.
  9. Couscous and / or quinoa. Perfect with the above! A lower carb alternative to rice and pasta…
  10. Tins of tuna. Another easy snack. Mash up with some Philadelphia cheese and a drop of milk for a healthier tuna / mayo equivalent.
  11. Cruciferous greens and leafy greens: broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, spinach, lettuce, and so on.
  12. Turkey mince. Perfect for a bolognaise and the kids seem to prefer it to beef.
  13. Courgetti and caulirice. Easy, fuss free and low carb alternatives to spaghetti and rice. Watch out, the courgette has a really short shelf life. Buttersquash noodles are also available but not to my taste!
  14. Nuts and Nut Butters…
  15. Green soup! I love this soup and it’s generally low carbs. But I’ll bulk it up by adding splashes of cream, chunks of parmesan, slices of pre-cooked chicken or all of the above!

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