#WIAW: When I’m too cheap to buy groceries. – life+running

#WIAW: When I’m too cheap to buy groceries.

Last month was an interesting month for groceries at my house. Mark and I were both juicing, and when I quit juicing towards the end of the month, I didn’t want to buy groceries, so I spent the rest of the month using up what we had in the house.

I had mashed potatoes with roasted onions and garlic for dinner one night to use up the potatoes that were starting to sproat. I had a roasted butternut squash that I’d cut the chunk of mold out of before roasting another night. And I had a lot of bowls of gluten free crisp rice cereal and I finished all of the bread we had in the house (including Mark’s gluten-y bread, which is FINE on my tummy now).

But my favorite random fooding from that last week in December was this smoothie. Since I’m quitting sugar, I won’t be making fruit smoothies any time soon, but this was during the week that I was cutting down on sugar, and it fit into my approximately 20 g a day (or about 3 apples) plan.

I saw that we had a really, really old bag of frozen (read freezer burnt) strawberries, so I figured I’d get rid of it. I also had just picked up a bag of raw cacao nibs to help me along on my quitting sugar experiment, so I thought, why not put them together?

strawberry raw cacao nib smoothie // lifeplusrunning.com

Strawberry and Raw Cacao Nib smoothie

Strawberry and Raw Cacao Nib smoothie


  • 1 scoop vanilla bean Plant Fusion protein
  • 5 large frozen strawberries
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 3/4 c almond milk
  • 1/4 c raw cacao nibs


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender until well blended.
  2. Serve immediately.
  3. Makes 1 serving.

Also, this was happening while I made this smoothie. Barney discovered his uncle Jake’s old favorite spot (Jake was our family’s dachshund that we had when I was growing up).

barney in my bowl chair in a pile of afghans // lifeplusrunning.com

And yeah, that’s another wool eater blanket that I’m working on … little jerk claimed it as his own before I even had a chance to finish it.


Have you ever tried raw cacao? It’s becoming my favorite thing, ever. 

5 Comment

  1. I haven’t tried it! That smoothie looks good, though. What’s it taste like (the cacao)?

  2. The smoothie sounds delicious and I love your bottle! Happy New Year!

  3. I don’t want to buy groceries when I stop juicing because I’m broke! Produce is crazy expensive! lol

  4. Jessie says: Reply

    Seeing that I love smoothies… this one sounds pretty amazing =)

  5. Gluten bread, huh? Crazy.

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