Weekly Shop

Hi all!

Hope you had a good weekend full of lots of smiles and fun!

I certainly did and will let you know all about my weekend in my next post. But first, as I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to share with you my weekly shop and all that entails!

So when my husband finishes work on a Friday evening, we head out to our local supermarket to pick up our bits and bobs for the week. I must admit, our supermarkets are far from perfect, I mean 4 aisles devoted to readymade meals, that are counted as ‘fresh produce’!? What is up with that?! However, we have managed to find one that has a large fruit and vegetable section and provides all the other staples we need. We then tend to buy our meat and fish from Glasgow Whole Foods market in Giffnock, where we know we can buy the best produce available (more on that later).

I always write a shopping list and that list is based on our meal plan for the week. I know that sounds super organised but that’s just me. I am a planner and an organiser in everything I do!

Not only does this mean we are set for the week in terms of food, but it also means we never have the debate of ‘what would you like for dinner tonight?’ every single evening! However I guess the main asset of having this approach is cost. We can budget for the week, plan what we want to spend and take it from there. Would definitely, highly recommend, giving it a go.

So here is a picture of our shop for the week. It didn’t look as much when it was in the trolley, but now I have gotten home and popped it out on the table it looks like masses! Perfect for the two of us for the week though and no wastage.

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As the days and weeks go on I will share my meals and recipes with you all. Hope we can share some good hints and tips with one and other on a yummy, tasty, healthy way of eating.

My food shop for the week did not end there however. It was time, on Saturday morning, for us to do our monthly trip to Whole Foods to stock up! I could sing the praises of Whole Foods forever, I just love that I now have access to the most amazing, nutritious produce in Glasgow (the only WF in Scotland) and I really appreciate the ethos behind Whole Foods and what it stands for. Before moving to Glasgow we lived in Inverness and we would road trip down to Glasgow (4 hours each way) just to stock up on supplies that we simply couldn’t get up north.

I really do heart Whole Foods : – ) can’t you tell from the picture below, so happy to be sampling some local organically grown plum tomatoes – and they were good!

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So here is my trolley load from Whole Foods…

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My supplies included

  • Coconut Oil
  • Various bits of fruit and vegetables – including watermelon which is so hard to find here!
  • Organic salsa
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Organic peanut butter
  • Various meat and fish
  • Various dried fruit and nuts

 

I am sure I could also go into a lot more detail on this trip to Whole Foods but I’m sure there will be plenty of time for that in the future.

 

Jx

 

How do you tend to tackle the weekly shop?

What are some of your favourite produce stores?

Fab Friday!

Hi Everyone!

Well this is my first official day of posting ‘properly’ and it feels great! Lots of planning, thinking and research has been done to get everything set up and sorted and now I am finally at the moment of writing a real ‘what is my day all about and what do I do’ post!

First of all I must set the scene. It is a lovely day in the city centre of Glasgow Scotland! I say lovely, because it is toasty warm (well for Scotland anyway), the sun is out and everyone is smiling! Fab Friday!

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I started my day with breakfast with my husband David before he went off to work. I must admit, I am a breakfast-a-holic! I love breakfast and crave it every time when I wake up in the morning! Currently I tend to have, during the week, a bowl of cereal, a mix of all bran and organic corn flakes. I say currently as I am trying to work my way off wheat at the moment and move on to a gluten free diet. To be honest, this is probably the only wheat based product that I tend to eat so it I don’t have gluten throughout the rest of the day, however, on the days I don’t have cereal for breakfast, I do feel so much better! So I know it will be worth making the jump. Just need to find a filling, sustaining, easy to make breakfast for the morning that I can quickly do for David and I. Something that will give David the brain energy for heading to work and me the energy for heading to the gym!

 

And that’s what I did next, headed to the gym! I have been really lucky to find a great gym quite close by to where we live since moving here 3 months ago. It has everything I would want or need and has fun and friendly staff who always say hello and are always on hand if you had a question or problem. Something that I am sure you guys know, if you are a gym bunny like me, you don’t always find everywhere at every gym!

So, my workout currently consists of
• 30 minutes on the rowing machine.
– Love this thing! I love to row and the fact that it covers so many bases – a cardio workout to get your heart rate going and a total strength/ weight workout from what you are pulling. I am doing the same amount of time at each gym session to try and decrease my average time per 500 metres and increase the distance I am able to row in 30 minutes. So far, doing well on the old PR’s, will keep you up to speed on this one.
• Weight machines/ free weights
– I then move on to weight training. Apparently women are afraid to work on weights, well according to one of the trainers at the gym, but I don’t understand why, they make you strong! Always good in my book! Must note down the machines I use to let you know.
• Mat based exercises
– I then move on to the mats where I normally mix it up a bit. At the moment I enjoy doing a round of 50 squats, 50 core crunches, 50 mountain climbers and 50 step planks as I call them, probably totally wrong! But I mix things up a bit on here, depending on how I am feeling.
• Warm down
– I love a good warm down. Mixture of stretches, working with the foam roller to release some tension and some Pilates based stretches and breathing techniques. Always feel good, pumped and totally energised after this! Is it strange that I always feel glowing after a workout rather than exhausted? I guess it must be those endorphins you here about! Whatever it is, I love the feeling I get from working out, nothing beats it!

Then I came home for lunch. Today’s lunch consisted of…
• Salsa egg scramble with carrots, sugar snap peas and some shredded brussel sprouts through it with spinach and cucumber at the side.
• A pot of greek yoghurt – Total greek yoghurt is one of my favourite foods… oh if I could live on this!!!
• And a wee pot of grapes.
One word – YUM!

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My plan for the rest of today consists of doing some bits and bobs around the apartment and then the weekly food shop, but that’s my next post!

Some questions to get you thinking though…

What do you guys have for breakfast? I would love to know if you have any ideas for me.

If you are female, do you do weights at the gym or just cardio?

J x

Introductions – who, what, why and when!

Hi all and welcome to my blog, Chase the Red Grape!

My name is Jennifer Fotheringham, but you can all call me Jen! The main aim of my blog is to document the journey of living a fun and fab healthy and fit lifestyle and all the joys that go along with it!

I plan on chatting to you all along the way about general life stories, travels, fitness and work out tips, enjoying a healthy food lifestyle with recipes and general yumminess!

Everything is in its early stages at the moment, it quite scary actually, you feel like you are unleashing yourself out on to the world! But along with that fear, comes excitement, intrigue and a sense of wonder at what the future may hold. Whatever it does hold though, be assured that I will bring you all along with me.

So I look forward to meeting and getting to know you all, wherever you may be and whatever you may be doing. I hope you like reading my blog and you can also follow me on Twitter at @chasetheRG.

J x