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Eating healthy doesn't have to cost more...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I get several news feeds on my homepage (SP of course) and today one of them is an article entitled, "Eating healthy can cost more, but doesn't have to, experts say" from USA Today.

The article includes several links under "Dieting On A Dime" that I thought might be interesting.

I just wanted to point out this article for anyone that might have missed it.

I have discovered fresh fruit is having the lowest prices I have ever seen this season! I am buying fresh peaches and plums for $1 pound and this year fresh strawberries have averaged $2 pound. My fresh pineapples have been $2.88 each all season.

While some fruits have been high, starting with oranges, cherries have come down to $2 pound even though they are generally not available after July.

I am buying most of my fruits at Walmart's and Sam's Club - just to let you know where I am finding these prices.

I don't buy fresh veggies, partly because frozen is just a lot handier for me to use.

** It's nice to see we are all "fruity"

*** Thank you Carol_! That is a great warning about "Organic" coming from other lands!! I don't purchase organics, we grow them, but this is a wonderful warning for other sparkers! And I will be sure to "turn the bag over" in the future!
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  • CAROL_
    I'm with you Linda, some of the best prices in produce I've seen in years!

    The only caution I'd give you is the frozen bags of veggies, the Walmart brand, are from Mexico with very high pesticides. They even use chemicals that are banned in other countries. Flip over the bag and look in fine print on the back, it's hard to find but it will say Mexico, all of Walmart's GV brand are from Mexico. Chinese frozen veggies sold at the Whole Foods stores & labeled organic, were also tested by independent consumer labs and found full of pesticides. If it came from outside the US, then it has to state country of origin.

    So I'm with you on the produce and frozen veggies. Just be careful of Mexico from Walmart & Sam's. Also if you pay the higher price for organic, make sure it's not an imported organic. The USDA has no regulatory authority over imported organics.
    3204 days ago
    I love both fresh fruit and fresh veggies! I roast the veggies and make wonderful salads. The veggies are great just cut up. I too am a huge fan of our local ALDI's. Their produce is much less expensive and better quality than our Wal-mart. It must be a store thing , because the Wal-mart we used to go to in MN was awesome. Here, the produce only lasts about 3 days and it's spoiling. I'm glad the prices have come down so we can enjoy more fresh fruits and veggies this summer!
    3206 days ago
    I agree with with frozen veggies are handy and they are easier for me to do also since im not the best cook emoticon , I to have also been buying alot of fresh fruits and man they are so tasty I never thought I would eat fruit before ice cream but now days I do..
    And thank you for pointing out that article out im going to have to check it out!! have a good day
    3206 days ago
  • MARTY19
    It's funny you should mention this. I have so much fresh fruit in my frig. I have never seen the cost this low and I am loving every minute of it. Following SP meal plans means I am eating alot of fresh fruits and veggies. Some it it I ahve never tried and many in new unexpected ways. It is fun.

    3206 days ago
    I have my own garden and have lots of fresh veggies every day. But all the fresh fruit is cheaper this year. Must be the economy right now.
    3206 days ago
  • CANDICE4861
    i have been eating alot more veggies because i have my own garden but the fruits i have been getting cheap are at aldi's where i live in ohio emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3206 days ago
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