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We buy fresh fruits/veggies when we can. DH grew up on canned veggies, I prefer frozen. I'm not able to eat much processed food because of having to be gluten-free. FiL has a garden and will sometimes bring us veggies.
We are FAR from really healthy, but we try!
__________________ | Jessica | Wisconsin | Happily married since 8/22/08 |
Aside from my major downfalls of chocolate and sugar, I aim to buy organic when the cost difference is MINIMAL (like a dozen eggs for $2.35 vs $2.50.... I can handle an extra 1.2 cents for an egg. I buy locally grown whenever possible. I use in season veggies as much as possible, and frozen fruits/veggies (they are usually frozen in their prime). I can't normally afford organic, so I try to avoid GMOs as much as possible. We are a soy-free and onion-free home due to allergies, so we are pretty much a 100% homemade household. Everything is cooked from scratch, so I know what goes into it. I don't even use canned soups or anything like that organic or not. We grow a garden every summer, and I HOPE to can/freeze some from the garden this summer. We are moving more and more toward "growing food, not lawns". We have 3 dwarf fruit trees in our back yard, a black berry bush, I want to add blueberry bushes.... We pick at upicks through the summer to make our own jams and freeze our own fruits/veggies through the summer so we have it for the winter. I guess I'm pretty much all about getting clean foods, as much as I can afford. I even went so far as to make homemade food dyes last weekend.
We buy organic fruits, veggies, and milk. Our poultry and beef are all local and organic. We grow a garden in the summers, and try to find the "healthier" versions of classic kid snacks... fruit leather with no added dyes/corn syrup vs. fruit roll ups, Annie's Cheddar Bunnies vs. Goldfish Crackers, Stonyfield Organics yogurt squeezes vs. GoGurt, etc.
cuatx, that is so awesome that you have so many locally produced products at your fingertips! We have access to a ton of local produce, and have been debating buying from a local farm beef in bulk... they sell 1/4 cow, 1/2 cow, etc. We just don't have a ton of freezer space, which is what has kept us from doing it!
Our farmers market runs June-Sept. Can't wait! Most of the farming here is done either north of us in the more rural areas, or on the eastern side of the state (apples!). I feel SO lucky to live where good, organic produce is available locally though. When I lived in TX, it was so much harder to find locally grown, pesticide free foods.
I'm making an attempt at growing a herb garden this spring. Hubby and I are starting to delve a little deeper into homemade food and it's borderline impossible to find fresh herbs. Once we get our house I would love to do a small garden and home grow our vegetables.
-Chrissy. Momma to a teenage girl, a preteen girl, a little girl, and 2 boys. Straight Jacket Bound!!!!
I am slowing starting to create healthier eating habits for my family. We have been pretty unhealthy and need to get on track so things like this are always interesting to me. I try to always buy the product that has less ingredients in it.. I try to use honey as a sweetener instead of sugar when I can..I am starting to make more things from scratch that before I would just buy processed (French fries, chicken nuggets, baked goods, soups).. But one thing that's really hard for me is buying organic. I don't have the money to shop at whole foods because its twice as expensive as our target.. But I have a really hard time finding any organic foods at our targets or walmarts. I might do my shopping at krogers (lots of organics there) when I visit my dad but that's a 25 minute drive home and that's a long time for food to be left out after shopping.