February 16, 2011 by Heather
I had a good talk today with a dear friend about eating habits (healthy and otherwise) and it got me thinking about food. I love the stuff, can’t get enough. Thankfully, somewhere along the way in life, I developed an affinity for fruits and vegetables and whole grains. I probably have my mother to thank for that (thanks mom :)). I love me some fruits and veggies. I love the way they taste, the different ways you can cook them, as well as the nutrients they provide. I truly believe that if I was single and only buying groceries for me, I would be a vegetarian just out of sheer default.
As my friend & I were talking, she mentioned that eating healthy is so expensive. She’s right – it is. It’s much cheaper to buy frozen dinners and processed foods than it is to buy a cart full of produce, which totally sucks. It really boils down to shopping wisely. We go grocery shopping every Sunday, with a budget of about $60. Some weeks it’s closer to 50 (yay, go us!), some weeks it’s closer to 70 (darn you cat litter). Our list usually consists of the following:
- the basics – whole wheat bread, skim milk, eggs, deli meat
- Andrew food – chips, granola bars, bagels, mac & cheese, ice cream
- ingredients for two or three recipes I want to make that week, usually the ingredients overlap so that there is not as much to buy
- Heather food – apples, bananas, spinach, black beans, yogurt, carrots, tuna
- random items like laundry detergent, cat food, wheat thins, tampons, etc
That is a nutshell version, but you get the idea. Of course there are the monthly-ish items like sugar, flour, oats, coffee, butter*. I’m not sure how this got turned into me revealing what I buy at the grocery store, but I’m just gonna go with it. The point is: you can afford to eat healthy, because you can’t afford NOT to. Maybe that’s a little dramatic, but whatever. It’s the truth.
That said, if I get a hankering for chocolate chip cookies (which is quite often), you better believe I am going to have at least three of them. I eat dessert EVERYDAY, no lie. Sometimes it’s an Andes mint, sometimes it’s
half a pan of a couple of brownies (whoopsie). There are times when I want cake for dinner instead of actual dinner. Honestly, I have to be really careful about keeping a lot of sweets in the house because I WILL EAT ALL OF THEM. I used to really beat myself up over my sweet tooth and my inability to control it, but I figure I do good the majority of the time, so what the heck. Life’s too short. Gross that sounds so cliche. Sorry I typed that.
*On butter: buy the real stuff, the salted sweet cream stuff. Margarine sucks.