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Krista DuChene’s weekly grocery staples

How the marathoner and mom keeps her active family fuelled

Krista DuChene is a mom of three whose weekly grocery shop needs to feed her active kids, husband and her marathon training schedule. She says that grocery shopping happens once a week in their family. “If it’s not on the list, you’ll have to wait until next week to get it. I’m not the kind of person who runs out to get one thing.”

This list isn’t what the runner buys weekly, as a lot of it is purchased at Costco (a trip they do less often), but here’s what they’ve got stocked in their house most of the time to fuel their activity.

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Produce

Spinach
Romaine Lettuce
Peppers
Apples
Bananas
Frozen berries
Seasonal fruit
Potatoes (both white and sweet)
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Avocado
Cilantro
Kiwi
Broccoli
Cauliflower

Meat

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DuChene says a lot of their meat comes in bulk from Costco and wouldn’t be bought weekly.

Chicken breasts
Ground beef
Pork tenderloin
Ground turkey
Deli meat (ham is the most popular in their house)
Tuna

Krista DuChene

Dairy

For dairy, milk is a hot commodity in the house, along with eggs. Both are bought in huge quantities.

12 bags of milk a week
Greek yoghurt plain and vanilla (this always goes in smoothies)
Old cheddar cheese
Feta
30 eggs
Margarine
Butter (especially important for baking)

Grains

Big bags of flour (for crepes, waffles and pancakes which the kids eat for breakfast)
Bagels (a pre-long run staple)
Sourdough bread
Wraps
Whole wheat bread
Pasta
Rice
Stoked Oats (DuChene’s staple breakfast)

Snacks

Homemade cookies and muffins
Hummus
Ice cream
Chocolate chips
Various kinds of cereal

Extras

DuChene says that canned beans are a staple in their household. She loves adding bean salad to every dinner to up the protein content so that she can eat a little less meat. “I’ll almost always have meat with dinner, but the legumes allow me to eat a smaller portion while still getting enough protein and upping the fibre content.”

Black beans
Chickpeas
Canned chicken
Canned tomatoes
Tomato sauce

Drinks

Beer and wine on occasion
Coffee

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