and THAT is, value. When purchasing food, if it’s value that you seek…DON’T. What I mean by that is, when it comes to food, value doesn’t come in a box. Yes it may seem cheaper, but that’s not to say that you can’t get some bang for your buck when it comes to buying "real food." Most of the time food packed in colorful box packaging contain a variety of unhealthy things like additives, chemicals, artificial colours and flavours to name a few. I always hear people say that it costs so much more to eat healthy…NOT TRUE. Ya sure, those pretty boneless, skinless chicken breast will cost you a whopping $7 or $8 for 2, but did you know that most of that price is going towards paying someone else to cut and de-bone them. If you were to purchase a whole chicken for $2-3 more, you’d be getting over twice the meat for nearly the same price plus you get to keep the bones which are great for making your own stock.
Three food staples you should always have in your kitchen are; whole carrots (not baby carrots), whole bunches of celery and onions. Each of these items can be purchased in quantities of 3-5 lbs and all for under $2 each. These three items alone can add so much flavour, colour and nutrients to almost any of your meals. Plus all the trimmings can be added along with those chicken bones to make that flavourful stock, great for soups, stews and sauces.
To get back to “value,” what might seem like a “good deal” now on a packaged item, really isn’t because in the long run when it comes to you and your family’s health, value now, will cost you value in your health down the road.
If you just plan ahead and buy real foods in larger quantities instead of in convenient and expensive single portions, you can save a lot of money over the course of a year. Allow yourself to get more creative in the kitchen and allow your kids to get more involved in preparing healthy meals and soon you will find it to be so much easier. Plus you will be helping set your kids up for a healthier lifestyle based on good nutrition.
Think about this, if the food you are eating needs a commercial then you probably shouldn’t be eating it. People shouldn’t need to be convinced to buy food, because without it we wouldn’t be here, so buy the foods that nature offers. Whole foods! and don't feel bad if you can't always make a healthy homemade meal for you and your family every night of the week, just make sure that the choices you make are based on whole foods.
Think Whole. Think Health!
Tanya is a whole foods chef and business owner of a whole foods catering service - Artisan Food Co. She is currently completing holistic nutrition and is an advocate for whole body living.