One of the typical excuses that stops people from trying Banting out is that it’s “SO expensive” and the ingredients are “difficult to find”. Ask anyone who’s Banted for longer than a month and they’ll tell you that’s absolute hogwash.
I think in the beginning when you need to rid yourself of cupboards of stuff you can no longer eat and replace it with stuff you should be eating … yes that exercise can be expensive. Also in the beginning you look for “alternatives” to things you are used to eating … like sweeteners, banting breads, banting flours, etc. but the reality is, once you get into the lifestyle you stop wanting all those things and you’re happy to eat real food cooked with healthy fats and then your shopping list drastically reduces and simplifies.
Here’s our typical weekly shopping list for 2 adults – organised by store to make it easy for you to shop:
Our butchery of choice in Durban is Hope Meats in Durban North
4 Lamb Loin Chops
2 Pork Chops
4 Chicken Thighs
500g Fatty Mince
500g Streaky Bacon
500g Biltong (for snacking)
500g Pig Skin (for snacking and rendering healthy fat)
2 Dozen Eggs
We find our local Spar quite proactive in supporting Banting
2 x 500g butter (Spar often have this on special)
2-3 litres fresh cream (Buy the 1 litre bottles from Spar or Food Lovers for about R32 – much cheaper than smaller containers)
Full Fat/Double Cream Yoghurt
Fresh Vegetable Market
Food Lover’s Market in La Lucia Mall is great for this
1 bag onions
1 bag tomatoes
garlic (fresh / crushed – whatever suits you)
The above are our “staples” … then we add 3 or 4 of the following depending on what looks good or what we feel like … we try change it up weekly for variety:
Aubergines / Brinjals
Peppers (Red, orange, yellow are our favourites)
Our preference is the Parmalat Factory Shop in Durban
Full Fat Cream Cheese
The above are our staples of choice … but we spoil ourselves with some of the list below depending on availability
Any others as long as full fat and unprocessed.
Other Grocery Cupboard Items
Coconut Oil (Food Lover’s is your best bet for this – try get Organic and Extra Virgin preferably)
Olive Oil – extra virgin and organic
Coconut Cream & Milk
There are many more items you can stock your grocery cupboards with but over time you’ll find you use them less and less and they become “nice to haves”. Some of these are …
Nuts and Seeds
Sweeteners (Xylitol, Stevia, Erythritol)
Happy shopping … the secret to successfully following the lifestyle is stocking your kitchen with healthy fats, proteins and vegetables and experimenting to make delicious meals.
Visit our recipe section for inspiration!