Meal Plan: Where do I start?

So you’ve opted in on Will’s 90 Day Challenge! That means you’re armed with a customized meal plan and ready to go, so where should you start when it comes to purchasing food?

With the amount of food you’ll need for each day, and consistently over the next three months, Costco is going to give you the best bang for your buck, and will also limit your trips to the grocery store. If you don’t already have a membership, you should get one. You’ll find pretty much every item on your list, in bulk, and at the best price.

Here are some of the best finds (*Note, these are mostly all organic options. If you chose to get conventional, or farmed fish, prices will be lower):

  1. Organic Chicken Breasts: Coleman Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast is around $5.99/lb. The nice thing here is that the chicken is in three separate pouches, so you can take what you want and freeze the others until you’re ready to cook.
  2. Wild Caught Cod Fillets: You’re going to be eating a lot of white fish over the next few months. Costco’s frozen cod comes in bags with eight individually vacuum sealed fillets for $14.99. You can stock up on fish and then take out as many fillets you want to cook at one time (I suggest cooking three to four in advance), leaving the rest in the freezer. They also have wild caught Mahi Mahi, which is a little pricier at $23.99. It’s nice to rotate between the two to avoid getting bored.
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  3. Organic Frozen Broccoli: For four one pound bags of frozen broccoli at $5.99, this is a great deal. Since the large bag is divided into four smaller bags, defrosting to cook is much easier, and the rest will remained sealed until ready for use in the freezer.
  4. Asparagus: Large bags of fresh asparagus (a little over two pounds) are just $3.99.
  5. Organic Berries: Berries are expensive, especially around this time of year. If you go to any other store, you’ll pay around $6-7 on a 6 ounce container of raspberries or blueberries. At Costo you get 18 ounces of organic blueberries for $6.99, organic raspberries for $8.99. If you want to be really economical you can purchase 4 pound bags of organic frozen berries, which are around $10.
  6. Oranges: For an eight pound bag you’ll pay right around $10.
  7. Organic Sweet Potatoes: When they have them, you definitely get the best deal here for organic sweet potatoes. $11.99 for 10 pounds.
  8. Organic Brown Rice: You can purchase a 12 pound bag of Lundberg Farms short grain brown rice for $12.99.
  9. Organic Eggs: You’ll be going through a lot of eggs over the next 90 days. Two dozen organic cage free eggs are just $5.99.
  10. Almonds: For a three pound bag of raw almonds, you’ll pay around $12.
  11. Spices: On Will’s 90 Day Challenge, salt is out, but you can buy large containers of all kinds of pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon, paprika, and Mrs. Dash for around for under $5.
  12. Organic peanut butter: You can get two 28 ounce containers for around $10.

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