This month I made the move to the wild west: Amsterdam, to pursue my goals as an entrepreneur and start working at two startups as full stack app developer. With this move I decided to work on my habits, and one of them is what I eat. This is my groceries list now, and my main goals with this is to eat healthier (like a caveman), cheaper, spend less time going to supermarkets, and buy food with less packaging (plastic).
- cashew nuts + studenthaver + 7granenvlokken + plantmilk (200ml) = 2KG cashew + 2KG studenthaver + 2kg 7granenvlokken + 6L milk PER MONTH
- Coffee, one pad per morning
Can be bought at Appie online, and a market nearby for stuff without packaging. Total cost: €68/month
- Monday - Friday I lunch at work (includes vegetables, bread, cheese, fruits, etc.) = free
- In weekend super lunch/brunch in cafe or at home = €40 per month
- Sweet potatoes, potatoes, onions (6kg) = €12
- Brocoli, beans, spinach, cauliflower, avocado (Freeze blanchated or buy frozen) 6kg/month = €12
- Eggs (16pc./month) = €4
- Salmon & Chicken (6kg/month) = 48+14 = €62,-
- Bacon (1kg/month) = €20
- Rice = €2
Total €112. Good recepies at Paleo.nl
Spices / oil / other
- Coconutoil = €5
- Garlic, Gember, Peppers = €5
- (Special)Beer = €60
My total costs for this new diet: €290/month! That's not a lot more expensive than normal and it can all be bought once a month! However, since I don't have a big fridge yet, I can just buy it once a week and let it be delivered first. Once I've got A bigger fridge, go monthly.
The advantage of bigger orders is bigger packages with less plastic per kilo.
Weekly shopping list
- Cashew nuts 500g
- Studenthaver 500g
- 7granenvlokken 500g
- Coconutmilk 1.5L
- Sweet potatoes 500g
- Potatoes 500g
- Rice 500g
- Onions 500g
- Frozen brocoli, beans, spinach, cauliflower 1000g
- 3 avocados
- 7 bananas
- Eggs 6pc.
- Salmon 4x250g
- Chicken 500g
- Bacon 250g
- One coconut
- 7 (Special) beers
Monthly shopping list
- Coconutoil 500ml
- Coffee pads 36pc.
- Garlic, Gember, Peppers
I will edit it here if it proves to be too much or too little. For the coming weeks, I will place a weekly order on AH.nl and let it be delivered on saturdays in a 2-hour window. Not bad!
In the end, I really think there should be an app that predicts your groceries pattern, helps you eat healthier, helps you buy cheaper, and delivers your food, exactly how much you need. All you have to do is propose changes if you have too much of something or too little, or if you want to change your eating pattern. With MYPO (one of the startups I work for now) your food can be delivered when you aren't home, and the mailman can take your empty pots and boxes with them and replace them with full ones. In the future, I want to go as far as making my own mustard, ketchup, mayo, tomato sauce, peanut butter, maybe even bread. I also want a year of food storage in a pantry. This is something for further research.
Another app would be Gierig.nl: An app for the dutch greedy people that like to buy food that's for sale. In every supermarket there's different foods for sale every week. Most supermarkets support ordering food through their website/app nowadays. Combine all supermarkets in one app and only show the food that's for sale, and you get Gierig.nl (dutch for greedy). This would be ideal to save a lot of money! However, this idea is not sustainable, because when it gets too popular, supermarkets will stop selling food so cheaply because they lose money on it if people only buy food that's for sale. Nevertheless, it's a great idea.
Another thing that I want in the very long term would be my own indoor farm that produces enough greens to eat. How much room would be needed for this I don't know, but there are already a few systems like this on the market. Of course, I need a bigger house for this, and it shouldn't cost too much time either.
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