I love a good bargain, but when it comes to my health and the health of my family, I can only bargain so low – that I why I skip on processed foods, they are so expensive! Good thing we have a local farm with fresh produce that is grown in a SUSTAINABLE way. I spoke with the owner at Bedner’s and he told me they have not used pesticides or herbicides for 4 generations!! How wonderful is that :). I was beaming with joy when he told me! He said to get certified organic, they would have to shut down operations and the cost of their produce would be much higher. I’m glad he chose to stick with being a SUSTAINABLE farm and not organic.
This week I went to Bedner’s and spent $35 on SUSTAINABLE and local produce!! This is what I got:
· 3 Baby bok choy, 3 large carrots for juicing,
· 2 macintosh apples, 5 organic gala apples ,
· 2 barlett pears, 2 bunches of beets,
· 2# bag onions, 1 bunch kale, watercress, cilantro,
· 4 lemons, 3 limes, 4 red bell peppers, 4 Georgia peaches,
· 2 bunches asparagus, 2 haas avocados, dried dates.
This much produce from the grocery store would have cost twice as much or more.
Bedner’s Farm located on 441 in Boynton Beach
10066 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33473
I was excited to whip up some good eats with my farm fresh produce. This colorful delight below is my Superfood Salad, made with: watercress, red bell peppers, avocado, pumpkin seeds, and goji berries. I topped it off with lavender vinegar from The Ancient Olive in Delray Beach for an antioxidant rich lunch!
Super Food Salad Recipe
2 cups Watercress (or dark leafy greens of choice), washed and chopped
1/2 cup Red bell peppers, washed and chopped
2 Tablespoons Pumpkin seeds
1/4 Avocado, diced
1 Tablespoon Goji berries
1. Wash and chop vegetables.
2. Arrange on plate watercress, bell peppers.
3. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, avocado, and goji berries.
4. Drizzle with high quality balsamic vinegar.
Tips for Eating Well + Saving Money
· Shop at your local farmers market
· Buy fresh produce that’s in season – it tastes better and will be on sale!
· Create a fresh salad with your favorite market produce
· Skip the processed/packaged foods and make your own snacks with nuts, seeds, berries, yogurt. Homemade granola bars or pumpkin bars, Heman’s favorite are posted on my website. http://www.totalhealthcounseling.com/2012/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-squares/
· Cook up a whole chicken, use leftovers to make chicken salad, make homemade chicken soup with leftover chicken bones (much cheaper than broth at the store, freeze leftovers)
· Make large batches of soup or chili, freeze leftovers or bring for week day lunches
· Enjoy! Full and happy bellies for all :).
If you wanna learn the exact way I plan out healthy meals to save money. Schedule a Jump-Start session with me. You’ll get my new Yummy Good Eats Cookbook “30 days of inspiring recipes, transform your health in 30 simple days”, personalized notes, handouts, and a clear plan on how to jump-start your health with yummy good eats!
This plan is how I live my life. Thank goodness for having a plan when you have family and need to save money.