As I had mentioned, my mom and niece visited us and were in Chicago until Tuesday morning last week. Between extra groceries from the previous week and leftovers from eating out, I ended up not having to grocery shop at all last week! As much as I enjoy my weekly trip to the store, it was nice having some time off.
This Sunday I was back at it and was pretty excited with some of my finds. However, as I was taking pictures to post here on Crafty Coin, I started to question my choices. This may sound silly, but food can be a very personal thing and I’m airing out on here exactly what I buy. I had recently had a conversation with a woman who follows a similar lifestyle, but the difference between her and I is that she buys organic, grass-fed everything, where I don’t. This is a choice Ty and I have made together, but this conversation left me feeling like maybe I’m not doing this right. Am I really following a “clean” lifestyle if I’m choosing to buy conventional? Do I have the right to write blog posts around “natural” eating if I don’t know where my meat and veggies come from? The thing is, I’m an all or nothing person, which goes hand in hand with being a perfectionist, so when we completed our Whole30 last January, I was all in and followed the rules to a tee. And because Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, creators of Whole30, said although grass-fed/pastured/organic is best, it was okay to eat conventional items, that’s what I chose to do.
Ultimately, I feel like I don’t trust anything that’s being sold in large supermarkets, which is mainly where I shop. Just because something is labeled organic, how do I know what that really means? I know there are standards for putting the official organic sticker on products, but I still believe a lot of it is marketing. For me, buying something with the USDA approved green organic sticker doesn’t make much of a case for itself, especially if someone is buying processed organic foods. I just don’t get that. What I would love best is if I could grow my own food! Then I would know exactly where it was coming from and trust it completely. But our one bedroom city apartment doesn’t seem to have room for a vegetable garden or chicken coop…. So for now, I’ll stick with reading ingredient lists (or better yet, buy products with no labels!) and not fret over if organic really is better.
So what non-organic groceries did I buy this week for a total of $74.18?
- Larabars! – $4.82/5 pack @ Target; $.96ea; I had a coupon for $1 off. Have you tried these before? They literally only have ingredients you can recognize. At $1.39/bar or more when bought individually, this was a good price for an on the go clean treat. They are usually found near the nutritional supplements, not the granola bars. Bonus: They are Whole30 compliant!
- Spike’s Salsa – $1.50/16oz jar @ Jewel; not the cheapest I’ve ever seen, but a price I was happy with. This brand doesn’t have any added sugars at all!
- Potatoes – $1.95/10lb bag @ Jewel; $.20/lb; What are we going to do with all these potatoes?! Good thing they last a month or more!
- Spaghetti Squash – $.69/lb @ Jewel; AWESOME price.
- Collard Greens – $.65/lb @ Mariano’s; an item I have never once in my life bought before, but I’m trying to add more greens. I sauteed them with olive oil and garlic and added salt. And I liked them!
- Ground Turkey – $7.00/3lb @ Mariano’s; only $2.33/lb! I just substitute it where I usually use ground beef.
- Roundy’s Organic Pasta Sauce – $2.99/26oz jar @ Mariano’s; so I just wrote a whole post on how I don’t buy organic… Do you know why I buy this sauce? Clean ingredients! It has no added sugar and no oil. During our Whole30 I was never able to find pasta sauce without sugar. Now I’ve got it! And it goes super well with ground turkey over that spaghetti squash.
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