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Hi,<br>
I am determined to somehow change my family's eating habits. I have 3 kids, ages 14, 10 and 3.<br>
The 14 and 3 year olds always want sugary, sweet treats and my 10 year old is a carb addict, I swear! She would live on pasta, rice and crackers, if I let her.<br>
The younger 2 are also very picky eaters and I have a hard time even getting them to eat breakfast.<br>
The frustrating thing is that it seems like eating healthy is SO expensive and we are on a pretty tight budget for groceries.<br>
For example, the last time I went to the co-op, 3 small bags of groceries ended up costing me $75! And that was without buying any meat.<br>
My sister has two children and they eat strictly organic. She spends at least $600/month!! That is our mortgage payment!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Does anyone have any suggestions / ideas on how to eat healthy and not go into debt?<br>
We do have a pretty good farmers market here in town that will be open soon, so hopefully I can get my produce there, but as for the rest of the groceries.....?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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Don't buy much pre-processed food. It will kill your budget!<br><br>
Buy whole grains and legumes in bulk (for instance it can be $10-15 for 50 lbs of oats or $20-25 for 50 lbs of rolled oats or a couple hundred for the equivalent of granola cereal). Buy seeds and nuts and staples (sweeteners, salts) in bulk.<br><br>
Find a local food coop and find out if you can order those bulk from them or if there is a company (similar to Azure Standard) servicing your area which you can order from in bulk manner.<br><br>
Cook from scratch. Get only those ingredients at grocery stores that you can't cook from scratch (cheese, eggs, meat, produce).<br><br>
It truly, greatly, decreases the cost of eating and if you can get a grain mill (one with roller setting if possible) it will pay for itself in short order. A crock pot, blender and food processor (even if small) will also pay for themselves quickly.<br><br>
Definitely utilize the farmer's market, and if possible try to connect with some of the farmers and see if you can't get some of your grocery products (eggs, etc) through them as well for less cost and better health.
 

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Thanks for the ideas Naturemama...do you by chance know of any cookbooks with some recipes for grains/cooking from scratch for the beginner?
 

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You know, I can't think of any off the top of my head (most cookbooks aren't scratch these days), but if you can find OLD cookbooks, they'll usually have that type of recipe.
 

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the joy of cooking is an awesome cookbook. it has a section for each thing- fruits, veg, grains, etc, and it will give a description of each different kind and then a few recipies. its got like a million recipes, lol, and ive never made anything i didnt like
 

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We are in this process too! I recently read "The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood" by Dr Sears and loved that it had great info on nutrition and also ways to try and implement things into your diet. Like it talks about how great blueberries are for you, and then gives you ways to try and eat them - on oatmeal, in yogurt, etc. Its got GREAT tips on getting kids to eat healthier too. I LOVE this book! Aside from that, I've gotten a few cookbooks from the library that I've liked and they use healthy ingredients -<br><br>
Simply in Season (great one that is divided by season and gives recipes using whats available - this would be great for use with farmers market produce)<br><br>
More with Less - (healthy, has some from scratch recipes, but I haven't tried a ton of them yet)<br><br>
Whole Foods for the Whole Family - (a La Leche League publication, healthy recipes and some from scratch things in it, haven't tried many of these yet either)<br><br>
Its such a process, I mean, I try a couple recipes a week, but then sometimes we hate them, lol! Whole wheat waffles, blech, tofu enchildads, blech. Tofu spinach pasta shells - actually really good (this one is in the Dr Sears book I first mentioned), smoothies in our new blender - really good and we are experimenting on what to add to them - flaxseed, protein powder, etc. Hummus - not so good, lol, neither DH nor I could eat it, its just gross.<br><br>
I'd love to hear more recommendations for cookbooks or resources for "from scratch" things. We are trying to elimiate High fructose corn syrup and added colors, processed foods, etc, so I need recipes like - catsup, miracle whip (all I can find have raw egg in them!), salad dressings, homemade macaroni, anything I can fiind to replace what we buy in the store and has addatives in it - like granola bars, nutrigrain type bars, etc, etc. Any tried and true recipes or books for these would be great, its hard searching through what I have and trying stuff and then not liking it, lol. But we're slowly getting there and we do find a great healthy recipe we love now and then and thats worth it!<br><br>
Sorry if I highjacked....
 

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I'm in the same boat (transitioning to more natural ingredients/recipes)!<br><br>
Can you grow any produce? Have any friends/family/neighbors who do? Sometimes people who grow end up with too much.
 
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