“One penny may seem to you a very insignificant thing, but it is the small seed from which fortunes spring.” ORISON SWETT MARDEN

Healthy food costs too much!  It can actually be cheaper to drive through a fast food restaurant and feed an entire family than prepare a healthy dinner.  Well, fortunately things are changing.  It used to be that the lone health-food store in town was a place that you would visit once in a while, but to remain frugal would buy most of your groceries at the cheaper stores. 

Now, health-food so-called stores are in competition.  In Asheville alone we have Greenlife, Earthfare, Fresh Market, and recently opened Trader Joes.  This is awesome because now we can comparison shop.  Don’t buy it if you can get it for less at the other store.  Even our chain grocers now carry a pretty hefty line of organic and free-range protein sources. 

The media has done a great job in promoting healthy foods.  But along with the press comes the price!  Kale, which every cashier used to ask me, “what is this” was so cheap.  Now that Kale is the wonder food, it has gone up so much in cost.  Fortunately there are plenty of other great greens including mustard and collard greens that you can buy for less.

If healthy food still costs too much for you please consider…

  1. Making your own coffee at home instead of buying it at work or on the way there.
  2. Packing your lunch for a few workdays instead of eating out
  3. Eat out one less night per week
  4. Skip all vending machines

Just by doing any of the above, you will be able to buy healthy foods without sacrificing your hard-earned dollars.

Also, I hate to be negative, but please don’t buy cheap meat (bulk and chain stores – you know where I’m talking about)  If it’s cheap, it’s probably awful for you.  Don’t put that into your body!

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Exercise:

  • 6 miles trail running with Cocoa, my Chocolate Labrador Retriever

Breakfast :

  • 2 large mugs Starbucks coffee made at home – black
  • Large bowl of Oatmeal made with old fashioned oats, 1 packet sugar in the raw, nuts and cranberries, plus almond milk

Lunch:

  • Huge salad with oil and vinegar dressing
  • Salad contents:
  • Mixed Greens of all kinds including spinach & kale
  • Broccoli, broccoli slaw, carrots, tomato, onion, mushrooms, leftover ahi-tuna

Supper:

  • On the road now, so stopped at the grocery and bought part of a rotisserie chicken
  • Made a salad at the salad bar at the grocery

 

Snack:

  • Sunflower seeds in the car
  • Beanitos (see picture) these have grams protein and tons of fiber

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