Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hot Topic Tuesday: "Eating Organic Costs More"

This is the main argument that I receive when I try telling family members/friends about our new (and improved) mostly organic, whole foods lifestyle. Are they correct? Yes and no, organic products do cost more (unless you get a steal of a deal), but if you focus on eating whole foods you will save in other areas, therefore making your total cost less. If you completely focus on the money out of pocket aspect then yes you will be spending more money, but how much is the health of your family worth? To me this is worth a lot.

I have been trying very hard to not bring any processed foods into our house, so no more pasta box mixes, rice-a-roni, candy, fruit snacks, and things of this sort.  Have you ever looked at the ingredient list of pancake mix for example, what is guar gum or sodium stearoyl lactylate? I have no idea so I make my own, it uses just a few ingredients that are already in my kitchen and taste so much better. 

In order to save us money and eat more whole foods we have also been cutting a lot of things out such as juice and soda, instead we drink water or milk. We have also been cutting down on packaged snack foods, no more packaged crackers, fruit snacks, trail mixes. Instead we eat fresh produce for snacks, or make our own snacks (smoothies make great snacks). I love my Pampered Chef Microwave Potato chip maker, it makes potato chips, sweet potato chips, tortilla chips, it is awesome! Giveaway in the future... :)

Homemade foods are cheaper to make as well, a homemade loaf of bread will cost you around $0.50-0.75 per loaf, at the store the cheapest you can get it (if you are lucky) is between 1.50-$3 per loaf. You can make homemade brownie mix for just $0.30 each batch in the store it is around $1 or more.

We are in the summer which means mucho fresh produce in stores and at Farmers Markets! You can also grow your own produce in your yard. I am currently growing yellow squash, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers and acorn squash all in buckets.



Have you heard of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15? It is a great list of produce you should buy organic and produce it's okay to buy conventional (it depends on the amount of pesticides/chemicals), the list is awesome! As always I know not everyone can buy organic, so if you buy conventional you should wash your fruit like this and use this spray for your vegetables, to help remove the pesticides






This way of living takes more time, and planning but the benefits are amazing. My husband recently went to the doctor for a check up and he was told that his nutrition was amazing (the doctor actually used that word). Before he was at risk for diabetes and potential heart disease in the next 10 years...this way of living has really made a huge difference! Keep in mind we have taken all these steps in the last 7 months, so not overnight changes, they have taken time and getting used to. We still struggle with soda when we are out, we love us some root beer in this house :)

Check out my Fitness board on Pinterest for more awesome healthy living ideas and recipes!

To get you started here are some awesome recipes:

-4 ingredient Greek Yogurt Pancakes
-Turkey Burgers
-Baked Churros
-Apple Chips


All of these recipes are on my Pinterest boards so hop on over and take a look!

Question of the day: What is your favorite "whole foods" recipe?

16 comments:

  1. organic eating is def more expensive but you found some great recipes that i'd love to try! just stoppin by from the GFC hop! can't wait to read more! your blog is super cute :)

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    1. Thanks Cait! It is more expensive, I guess we have just cut out some expenses to balance it out. Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. Hi! I'm your newest follower from the blog hop!

    xoxo ♥ Shar
    http://sharmartinez.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Shar, I will check your blog out too!

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  3. Eating non-processed foods and organic foods is a great way to go. My husband and I definitely limit the processed or convenience foods we eat to a large extent--although not as much as we ought to, and he always pays attention to making sure that at least we buy all organic for the "dirty dozen." I prefer fresh fruits and veggies anyways. I know that I haven't used even one canned fruit or vegetable since we got married--and I definitely avoid box mixes as much as I can. Except it seems on the very rare occasions when I'm making a cake, it's always at the very last minute, so I resort to a mix. I very much prefer homemade bread too, but I haven't made any since the summer got so hot; I've been too lazy to bake. I do know that it's good to start getting into good habits as early on as possible in life.

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    1. It is the way to go Rachel, but we still do some last minute things. Just last night I used some canned stuff to throw together a quick dinner because I was tired. Overall if I can stay away from processed food 90% of the time I will be happy with that :)

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  4. Eating organic can sometimes cost more money and time but the benefits are incredible!

    Hope you’re having a great Wednesday! Drop by nichollvincent.blogspot.com and say hello!

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    1. Yes Nicholl the benefits are amazing!

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  5. I should definitely limit the amount of processed foods we eat. I've been trying to cut out sodas from my diet. One of my friends was telling me about the harmful chemicals in diet sodas and sugar substitutes. Anyhoo, I found you via the Return The Favor hop, and I'm a new follower. :-)

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    1. Tonna, I agree soda should be cut, yes diet soda has some pretty nasty stuff in it. Thanks for following :) I will return the favor ;)

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  6. This was such a great read. It made me want to run to the fridge and bite a chunk of apple. My grandmother has her own garden and we get a lot of fruit/veggies from it. It is so great being able to go outside to grab a tomato or some herbs, and we always have huge lemons during the summer


    Thanks for stopping by earlier, I followed you back!
    www.iampiscesw.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Sherry! I LOVE fresh produce, especially garden grown, it tastes so good!

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  7. Oh, I'd love to see a post about your garden in buckets! We live in a condo right now with a small porch, but NO sunlight. I'm trying to think of ideas on where/how to grow. I'm greatful for the low sunlight during the summer (low AC bills!) but its hard to go greens that way. Anyhoo, we try to buy organic, but mostly we don't. Naughty, I know. I've read its better to buy vegetables/fruit either way, since the benefits of having those in your diet outweigh the pesticides when it comes down to it. But generally, I buy organic apples for Kiki - I know she'll eat the most of those!! Cute girls! xoxo - Rachel

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    1. Rachel, I will totally do a post about the container garden. It would work great in small spaces. I try to buy organic, but honestly you can only do/remember so much, there are so many "right" ways to eat and we just have to pick the ones for our family and do those. I agree any fruits/veggies are better then none, I completely agree. Your girls is adorable too :)
      Myranda

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  8. I love this post, Myranda! I buy organic as much as possible, and we have a garden although it didn't do as well as we had hoped this year. Many people in our area really struggled with tomatoes which is what I usually can alot of and what I use to make my own salsa and can it. I made several loaves of bread earlier in the year, and it was so much better. I do like Food for Life's sprouted bread, but it is very expensive. I would love to see a post/recipe for your bread, and have you tried freezing it? I'm not sure how well it would do, but I would love to freeze a few loaves at a time.

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    1. Thank you Amy! The bread is great for freezing, I will totally do a post on it! One freezing tip, slice it before you freeze it, then you can even grab a couple slices out and leave the rest. We eat bread pretty fast, but I know some people don't :)
      Myranda

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