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The Price for Health

Good Monday morning to you all!  I am praying that you have had a great weekend, and will have an even greater week 🙂  This mornings post was suppose to be all about weekly meal prep, but I just need a moment……..
rant

I would like to just rant a little bit this morning if you can bear with me.  Getting myself back on track is top priority for me, which means I spent some time this weekend grocery shopping and prepping for the week ahead.  So with my handy-dandy list in hand I hit the stores.  I will tell you that I prefer to do my shopping at Trader Joe’s/Fresh Market so I can get organic produce, but both stores are a 30 minute drive from me in opposite directions.  This weekend was super packed with events so I had to make do with our local Wal-Mart & our local produce market.  Which by the way I shop from very often because it is locally grown!

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So this is what my shopping trip looked like.  I spent a total of 130$ on this!  I was appalled at how much it cost me to feed my family healthier foods (please excuse the pancake syrup & fruity pebbles, you can only take so much from children at one time) compared to what we could spend to eat from a box.  Just to give an example a box/frozen meal would cost me about two bucks……I pay at least three buckaroos for just one vegetable!  It makes me so sad when I look at this picture.  This is why so many of us are sick and/or have weight problems.  This pic doesn’t really contain meats that I am blessed to already have available.  It is strictly produce and staple items that we buy every week.  It is so much cheaper to eat crappy food, and many Americans can’t afford to pay this much for so little 😦 

side note:  yes I have always been aware that it is more expensive to eat healthy, but I have never really paid attention to it per say because I was raised on fresh foods so I have always had them.  Now that I am trying to budget my groceries more to incorporate organic meats/produce in our diet, I realize just how much it cost.  Most people do not have access to a family garden 😦

So today I am urging you to encourage people to buy produce.  Even if they can’t buy organic, regular produce is still better than none at all!  Oh and if you have access to fresh produce/meats/eggs via gardens and such…….I encourage you to share with someone who doesn’t have access to one.  I always share fresh produce/eggs that I get from my parents with my in laws & friends.  It may only be enough for one meal, but at least it is one meal that it a little healthier for them!

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I also encourage you to buy frozen veggies if you can’t afford the fresh produce.  They are priced a little cheaper, especially if you buy your stores brand.  Most frozen veggies are frozen at the peak of ripeness so they are pretty tasty when steamed and a little seasoning sprinkled on top.

** Thanks for letting me rant a little this morning!  I will not continue with a super long post, and will save my meal prep post for tomorrow.  I was just really saddened by this reality and needed to get it off of my chest.  If you have advice or tips about this situation I would love for you to leave a comment.  You never know, your tip could be passed on by me to a friend that could really use it!**

1.  do you have to shop on a budget?

2.  what tips do you have for saving money on healthy foods?

3.  what item do you shell out big bucks for that you just can’t go without?  For me it is almond butter and chia seeds!

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Want Cake?

There are few things in life that bring such joy as this….

Okay honestly there are many things in life that can bring the same joy, but it just sounded good!

But you will totally understand what I am talking about soon.  You know the morning I am referring to.  The one where you are at a loss as to what to do for breakfast.  Because today is pay day, aka grocery day, which means that you are down to the bare bones this morn….I mean really – bare!

Maybe some oats, no thanks nothing hot.  Kid cereal that the hubster insists on buying the boys, no thanks too much sugar for me.  Maybe some of those canned beans – really for breakfast? 

How about pancake mix – but no syrup!

Light bulb  moment here because you remember how very good you are at improvising.  So the pancake mix is pulled out of the pantry and you have……..

Cake for Breakfast!

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Who doesn’t like cake – for breakfast~!

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Oh my how great this morning turned out.  That is until you actually have to go to the grocery store.  But that’s another story for another day.

At the moment I would rather just eat cake thankyouverymuch!

  • Pancakes
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly

Cook the desired number of pancakes that you want.  Go ahead eat six, I am not one to kiss and tell 🙂

Then mix some peanut butter and jelly together.  Spread it in between the pancakes.  Spread in on the top.  Smear it down the sides until it some what resembles a cake.  After all if my five year old decorates the cake, I am pretty sure this is what it would look like.

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Add some coconut on top for decoration.  Or leave it off if you choose.  Your stomach will not care. 

Drool over your breakfast as you photograph it.  The stomach was protesting.  I think the stomach thinks that photographs are over rated!

Finally dig in.  Enjoy every last bite. 

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Because unfortunately it will come to an end.  You will get to the bottom of things.  You will be saddened.  But rest assured there is more where this came from. 

Now gear up for groceries.  Oh yes you know the obstacle course that you must go through.  You know the act of congress it takes to avoid the center isles when your children are with you.  You know that you will have to make multiple apologies, turn red in the face, and threaten to with hold all treats for a week…..possibly two!

But it is okay because you had cake for breakfast 🙂

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