….probably not…but if you aren’t around to enjoy them, what’s the point, anyway?
This weekend I helped pass out food from a gleaner’s truck as a part of my church’s outreach program. Most of the food was actually fresh (or fairly fresh) produce, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people were excited about eating fruit and vegetables.
So many of us struggle with choosing to eat healthfully, and it makes me think we have too many options. If you were offered only fresh produce, you’d be pretty happy to eat it…right?
Which brings me to another issue. Is eating healthfully more expensive than eating fast food or heavily processed food?
Yes and no. If you’re buying a lot of local, organic produce, it will probably cost more money up front. At the same time, choosing to eat healthfully now will likely save you more money in the future in relation to health care costs.
In terms of fast food and packaged products, you can actually save a lot of money (and calories) by preparing homemade versions.
homemade hummus $0.12/oz vs. Garden Fresh hummus $0.38/oz
Caloriewise they probably aren’t too different, but packaged hummus can add up to 3x the cost of homemade hummus!
What about a grilled cheese sandwich made from local tomato basil bread and local Gouda cheese?
homemade grilled cheese: $2.63 vs. Steak and Shake: $3.17
Ok, so not a huge savings…but I’m pretty sure S&S serves American Cheese on their sandwiches, and their bread is definitely not local. I say a penny saved is a penny earned.
Clean eating can be kind to your wallet and your waistline. Other money-saving stories slash thoughts?!