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
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?