I looked back over our recent grocery store receipts. Lately, our shopping has been at budget grocery stores (ones that advertise good prices), not organic stores (Whole Foods, Central Markets, Natural Grocers, etc.). I was surprised at the lack of variety in my produce purchases. Very surprised.
This month, the produce we’ve purchased has been:
- salad (mostly romaine)
- more bananas
- more salad (romaine)
Yup, that’s it. Pretty pathetic, isn’t it?
I will admit that we were trying to eat up the produce that we already had, and we also spent some time visiting family on a farm, where the veggies were quite abundant from the garden. In a normal month, I’ll also purchase carrots, apples, berries, tomatoes, and avocados, as well as oranges, grapefruit, and other veggies for juicing.
We ordered our local box from the organic grocers. It will arrive this week. Here’s what’s in this week’s box:
- summer squash
We also added local honey and some organic bacon, which saved me a trip to to a natural grocery store and the farmers’ market. I’ll divide up the bacon and freeze most of it, as I don’t use bacon much. I plan to use a half-strip of bacon occasionally to cook veggies. Yum!
Wow! What a difference! If we ordered 1-2 boxes a month, we would definitely be getting a lot more fruits and veggies in our diets and hopefully less processed foods. I wouldn’t have to make special trips to organic/natural grocery stores or farmers’ markets (in the heat). Also, we might end up spending less at the grocery store.