What’s in April’s fridge?

Happy half-of-the-week is over, everyone!

I’m back with another update on how my Weight Watchers has been going, leading off from my post last Friday.   After the meeting my friend Laura and I made a trip to Trader Joe’s and picked up groceries to get us by for the next few days.  Feeling motivated to get EVERYTHING, I went by our local produce stand and supplemented my stash with even more greens.  All of my groceries were pretty inexpensive and even though it’s been a few days, I still have a bunch of food.  I made a chicken vegetable soup and got stuff to make another batch of my ground turkey with tomato sauce that I had over cooked broccoli slaw last week.Besides a few meals outside of the house, I’ve been adapting to my new lifestyle of crunching on an apple mid-day or sucking down 100+ ounces of water.

April's stash of food for the week  ~$45

April’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack foods for the week!  (around $45)

 

I mentioned in my post from Friday that my friend Laura lost eleven pounds on her first week of being back at Weight Watchers and watched to share some tips she had.

She went from the typical holiday habits many of us shared and worked hard to stick to the Weight Watcher’s Simple Start Plan.  Unlike me in my first week, she tracked nothing (part of the plan) and “always had a cup of hot tea in her hand” ready to drink.

Here are Laura’s top three tips:

1) Drink water ALL THE TIME.  She was pulling in more than 100 oz of water a day!  With all those trips to the bathroom, Laura was really flushing out her system!

2) Avoid SUGAR!  If you can resist the urge to binge on the sweets, you can have some pretty strong success!

3) Don’t eat after seven pm!  I personally suck at this since night time just seems like the right time to sit and stuff.  I’ve been snacking with 4oz Trader Joe yogurts that I stick in the freezer.  I’ll see if I can follow this tip of hers!

unnamed5I’m two days away from another meeting and I haven’t been obsessively stepping on the scale like I did last week.  I’m giving the “Simple Start” another chance and not tracking my points and just eating balanced and light meals so we’ll see how that works out for me.  Traditionally I always lose, gain, lose, gain, lose, lose, gain, lose… But who knows!  There is always room for a change!  Maybe I’ll be surprised on Friday with a loss.

Speaking of that,  one of my random meals out was at my friend Natalie’s house!  I’ve never been a fan of eating anything that swims in the water but I am looking to expand my eating habits.  A few years ago I had an amazing serving of salmon, compliments of a talented Dad I babysit for, and since then was too threatened that no one else’s salmon would be as good as his.  However when Natalie said she was going to make us some I was excited for the opportunity to try it again!  Of course, I loved it… much to my Mother’s disbelief.

Have you found there any foods that you like now that you didn’t like when you were younger?  Maybe something you’ve discovered while on the road to better health?  Share with us!

Lots of love and healthy greens,

AprilSignatur

Low Cost Bounty

  • 1 bunch of lacinato kale
  • 2 leeks
  • 8 turnips
  • 2 beets (my new obsession – for some reason i thought i didn’t like them. They’re so tasty!)
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 pounds of apples (for juicing)
  • 5 pounds of satsumas (these are like candy!)
  • 2 pounds brussel sprouts (roasted with lemon and evoo -yum)
  • 1/4 pound dried peaches (a delicious snack)
  • 2 pounds broccoli
  • 1 cluster of ginger

That’s a lot of food, right? For $25, Matt and I strolled out of the Farmer’s Market with stuffed bags and hungry bellies. Did I mention it’s all organic? One of my favorite community activities is going to the farmer’s market. I think it’s an amazing way to support local businesses and operations, and you really score awesome savings on produce. (And we saw Gwyneth Paltrow and her mom there this week!)

This food would have easily cost me double what it had if I had gotten it at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. Tonight I was in Trader Joes and their trimmed leeks were $2.89 for two of them. I paid $1.50 at the farmer’s market. TJ’s beets were $2.50 for two. I paid $2 for two. Their ginger was $1.89 for a tiny little cluster – we paid $1.

When I first started eating healthy, I used to complain that it cost way more money to eat healthy. Today I realize I’m wrong. It only costs more money in that when you buy healthy things, like fruit and vegetables, you eat more of it because it goes bad faster. In that regards, yes, healthy food can add up because you’re buying more of it. But when I think about how much better I feel after eating a clementine compared to a candy bar? So worth the tiny bump in price.

To save on things like lettuce that last a little bit longer, I buy the jumbo pack of romaine hearts from Costco. It’s $2.89 for six romaine hearts. I chop them up and spin and dry them and then I have tons of salad ready to go for the week. I buy some perishables at the 99c store, because often times, they’ve got overstocked organic mushrooms or bell peppers waiting for someone to take them home. Sure, they might be lopsided or have a little ding in them, but who cares? It all ends up in my belly anyways.

How do you save money when you’re eating healthy? Do you think it’s more expensive to eat healthy? Why or why not?