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4/26/12 2:13 A

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Hi Shy,

I know that you said fresh veggies are so expensive, but if you look at the processed and prepackaged foods, fresh fruits and veggies are actually cheaper in the long run. Many small towns in Alberta have farmer's markets running from May long weekend through September. I know there is a big one in Calgary, and I am sure there will be one in Edmonton somewhere. I buy many of my veggies at Sobey's (but watch, some Sobey's stores have fruit that is sticky with pesticides - Walmart too.) I find the Co-ops have decent produce at not a bad price too.

I like to do stirfrys with sweet peppers, onions, carrots, celery, and cauliflower. Toss in a small amount of sauce for flavor (Don't follow the instructions on the jars that tell you to use half a jar, a couple of tablespoons will add flavor without drowning the veggies.)

I also make many homemade soups. That way, I can cut down on the salt. A favorite of mine is a zucchini and ham soup seasoned with nutmeg (I add carrots and potatoes too.) The veggies are cooked and pureed before small bites of ham are added into the soup. That gives it a "cream" consistency without any cream. If you want the recipe, drop me line and I'll send it to you.

I'm not very fond of most bread, but occassionally, I do an open-faced sandwich, that way I get some bread but am not overwhelmed by it. As it was said earlier, wraps and pita bread are great alternatives.

You already prep some of your meals for easy meals. I spend a day or two every couple of weeks cutting up veggies, cooking and freezing my meals. Homemade TV dinners can be great for those days when your family doesn't agree.

Good luck!

Bev

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4/21/11 3:54 A

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Thank you Cat for your suggestion I do always forget pitas for sandwiches. Picked up some bread with Flax today. And it was yummy although higher in calories then the bread I normally use but I believe better in Fiber for me. I am thankful for everyones suggestions I will for sure use them!!


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4/18/11 12:11 A

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pita bread is a good alternative to bread, as is wraps.
I find sobeys the least expensive for our budget, it used to be walmart, but I worked there and that 10% off is huge draw, but since leaving wallys we prefer to go to Sobeys and using the sobeys card, we usually spend $600 a month on groceries, and we can usually get $10 off our last grocery shop of the month with the sobeys points
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4/16/11 8:41 P

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I will have to look and see if we have a Cobs bakery here in Edmonton thank you for the suggestion. I am really thinking about getting myself a bread maker so I can make my own healthier bread. I cant eat romaine it does aweful things to my body lol but I will try other lettuces in place of bread I have heard of that before and love tuna with lettuce so next time I will try without the bread. Thanks for the suggestions FITERCOOLJAZZ

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4/16/11 7:13 P

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Hello Edmonton
Have you ecer tried bread from Cobs Bakery. OMG! The healthiest bread in the store is made with flax and chia. It is sooooo good. Very high in fiber.
Instead of bread, somtimes I use romaine lettuce leaves. Tuna is great with that.

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4/16/11 6:36 P

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Was posting in another topic and thought I would add one of my own. I find fresh veggies/fruits so expensive but I know and want to eat them. But I also know there is other things out there other than fresh foods that are healthy snacks/meals. Can any one give me ideas and locations where get them and maybe where they are not too bad priced. I live in Edmonton but I know some places no matter where in Alberta have the same prices or close. Or even ideas of places I can look for to shop! Recipes too would be great. I have always cooked the same way with the same type of food, REALLY need a helping hand to change that. Starting with ideas. Someone sugguested quinoa.. umm I love her for it but NOT my thing/taste. LoL But I am always willing to try anything sugguested. I have few suggestions too, maybe they are not to new to some ppl but they are to me.

Hummus is yummy (red pepper flavor is my favorite)- I use it for veggie dip and to replace mayo on somethings
Plain Yogurt in place of mayo in tuna salad for sandwiches
I know sandwichs with bread is not always the best but in my house we do it eat them alot for lunch so to help with healthier meats we have cooked whole lean pork tenderloins and chicken breasts ahead of time and package them in single sandwich sizes/weights/calories to freeze to use for lunches and it is way less calories then deli meats. We of course dont eat meat sandwiches everyday, cucumber, tomato are some of our favs too.

I need to find something to make sandwiches with instead of bread that is healthier any ideas?

Cant wait to see the ideas that come for everyone!!

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