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Sunday, July 07, 2013

I've been doing more grocery shopping lately, trying to eat more "real" foods and it really ads up. Luckily I'm more or less in a position where I can mostly afford helps being single, and having a ton of stores of every kind in the area.

I decided a bit ago that one thing that may help is if I just decide that certain foods are staples. So I made a list of what I consider stables and which new things I will start considering staples. IE, blueberries. Every article on good foods raves about them. I like them. Its really easy to throw them in oatmeal or yogurt. So right now at least while its summer i've got them on the list. i'm going to try to keep this up through the winter but if it gets too pricey i'll switch to frozen. Also, red peppers. I absolutely love them and they are full of goodness. I'll eat them raw or cooked or on a sandwhich or broiled. So I try to keep fresh ones around, and a jar or two of the roasted kind.

Oatmeal is another..that ones a no brainer as its pretty cheap as long as you don't get the fancy individual servings in cups. I like it with blueberries and nuts, or cranberries if i'm out of blueberries. Nuts are another. Pricey little buggers, but they aren't too bad at trader joes and some other places and they last a while.

Im working on getting some herb plants set up. I'd love to have cilantro around all the time. But meanwhile I think the little frozen ice cubes of basil and cilantro that trader joes has are handy at least for cooked stuff.

I was thinking today though how much harder this would be with a family and a bunch of picky kids. My neice was recently diagnosed with celiac, my brother tries to do low carb, my nephew is pretty picky, and they work odd hours and neither of them like cooking. And even worse if you had this situation and were living on a couple minimum wage type jobs. No matter what the media says trying to present eating healthy as an easy no brainer, it takes money to buy good fresh things, and time to prep it. There are things like oatmeal that aren't too expensive or time consuming, but a lot of it is, especially when you multiple those red peppers by servings for 4 or 6. Right now that little pack of blueberries lasts me most of the week, just the one.

Kinda of random.
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    I have five children and some of them are terrible picky eaters but regardless it is still cheaper to fix healthy meals at home than it is to eat out and if you shop sales and stock staples while on sale you can do this on a decent budget. I only buy from my local butcher for meat unless it is on sale in the store. I watch one of the local stores for when they put their meat on the reduced price and I buy large quantities and freeze it. I have become stellar at finding bargains and stock piling food and my in-laws often stop by my house to 'shop' my pantry in the lean winter months. It used to not bother me but when I left my job I started to tighten down further and I closed my grocery store pantry...
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  • PEG2584
    I just turned over my kitchen not to long ago. I got rid of everything that doesn't fit my healthy lifestyle. And replacing those things with new healthier options was not inexpensive. Some of my new staples are red/yellow/orange peppers, apples, clementines, beans, and Bob's Red Mill Rolled 5 Grain Cereal.
    1713 days ago
    I know exactly what you mean. My grocery bill has shot up because I am buying a lot more fresh veggies than I have in the past. It's worth it, but it is also kind of annoying.

    Also, I agree with you on red peppers. I think my husband may be tired of eating them but I adore them. And they're so cheap where I am now, that I can't help but buy them.
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