Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What 100 dollars of produce looks like.

I think most people are under the wrong impression that eating healthily is super expensive. Since we've cut our purchasing prepared foods and cut out fast-food, I've noticed that there is much more wiggle room in our monthly food budget.

So, in the interest of science, I decided to do a little experiment. Just how much fruits and veggies could I purchase for $100? Let's see :)

Wow. That's a lot of fruits and veggies, and that still leaves two-thirds of our monthly food budget!

In fact, I was really worried that we wouldn't be able to eat all of it before it spoiled. Let me explain how long this lasted. First, we juice-fasted for a week (well, Daniel did a week, and I did 3 days), which uses a considerable amount of produce, and then we transitioned to eating only fruits, veggies, and whole grains. WE STILL HAVE PRODUCE LEFT, after two whole weeks of eating nothing but what you see on the table, plus lentils, quinoa, and brown rice.

What remains: the watermelon, one pineapple, lots of carrots, and a few apples and cucumbers. I've bought an extra bunch of celery, limes, and some avocados, since then, but that's it! I really am astounded at how budget-friendly eating healthfully can be. I followed the dirty dozen guidelines for organic purchases, and produce was sourced from both the grocery store as well as the farmer's market.

Why all the food-shenanigans? We are just trying to break through a little thing I call FOOD ADDICTION. Not the biological necessity that our bodies have for fuel, but the unhealthy psychological cravings for junk-food.

Lots of love,


  1. You're an inspiration. I wish I could do that! Unfortunately, I'm not a big veggie fan! BUT once we get settled, eating and cooking with more veggies is one of my goals. :)

  2. I love that you did a post on this! I am all for shopping organic and locally grown and people need to know it is NOT always more expensive. Great post

  3. I love this! I am your newest follower!