The Savvy Path

    Shopping Organic On A Budget At Whole Foods

    Pinky Swear 

    I’ve been on the receiving end of many an eye roll when people find out that I shop at Whole Foods. You probably rolled your eyes when you saw the title of this blog post.  I get it. Whole Foods has a reputation for being pricey. I used to roll my eyes at the mention of it, too. But now I know that Whole Foods is an essential stop when trying to eat organic on budget. Really. I pinkie swear.

    Here are my tips for not spending your whole paycheck at Whole Foods Market: 

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    Stacy Malkan: Fearless & Determined

    The Red Flag That Shifted Our Future

    Stacy Malkan was looking for a story. She was the co-publisher of a monthly newspaper in Colorado, and was looking for something to feature on her next cover. She thought the controversy over the county’s plan to spray pesticides along a popular bike path might fit the bill and decided to attend an informational meeting intended to put the publics’ fears over the spraying to rest.  Stacy and the residents at the meeting were treated to a video portraying pesticides as a safe solution to the terrible scourge of weeds. When the film was over and the credits rolled it was evident that the video was produced by chemical companies, including Dow and DuPont.

    “That’s when the yelling started,” says Malkan.

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    How To: Shop Organic On a Budget  At Target

    Target: a bullseye for the health-conscious shopper

    When you think of shopping for healthy food products, what store first comes to mind? Whole Foods, maybe, Trader Joe’s perhaps… Did Target fall anywhere on your mental list? Well, it should.

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    Shopping Farm Stands and Farmer’s Markets 101

    The more you learn about what’s in your food and how it’s grown, the easier it is to question the food you buy at the market each week. Where did it come from? How was it grown? Is it safe for me to eat? Can I afford it? Is the the only option I have to buy food for myself and my family? 

    Luckily, there are other places you can get your food and get the answers to your food questions. Farm stands and farmers markets are great, local alternatives to buying your produce and meeting the people who grew it. Farm stands and farmers markets are different than buying from your local grocery store, so let’s talk about what each are and how you can prepare and shop for your produce there.

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    Making Veggies Fun: Toddlers To Teens

    Infuse Your Inner Ila

    Carving cucumbers into caterpillars and making sockets for raisin eyes just wasn't cutting it.  I wished to plant genuine-veggie-appreciation in my children but it seemed to be an ongoing battle. It had to be...fun, so I turned to "Ila." 

    “Ila” as the grandkids call her, is my dad’s wife and she has a way of turning every task into a delight. As a stay-at-home mother of three in the 70s, Pam was a self-professed slob and wrote Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise," leading her to appearances on the Today Show, Live with Regis, and Oprah.  Housework became manageable as she infused her mantra, “Make it fun and it will get done.”

    It was time to infuse my inner-Ila to tackle the reputation of veggies. This process had to be fun or it wasn’t going to happen at all. Over time, we found our own path. Here are our favorite four tips-turned-into-good-times from the parenting toolbox. 

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    Reluctant To Grow Food?  Start Here

    Do You Like Your Organic Veggies Cheap? 

    I know a lot of people who’d love to grow their own food, but strongly adhere to the following misperceptions:

    • Growing food is hard
    • I don’t have time
    • I have a black thumb
    • I don’t know what to grow
    • I don’t have space

    Let me just say, that I’m a firm believer that anyone can grow food. Yes, I mean you with the black thumb. You with no time. You who hates to get dirt under your nails. And I’m also a firm believer that once you have luck growing the easy vegetables, you’ll want to live in overalls and quit your day job to farm 24-7. Well, maybe that’s hyperbole, but I’m still betting you’ll love it. 

    For reluctant gardeners (or kid-focused fun), I recommend growing the following three vegetables first.

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    Food Can Be Your First Love

    Health Was Becoming So Much Bigger Than The Food I Loved  

    As a food blogger, I knew the dangers of white sugar, refined foods, preservatives and super long words to avoid in foods. I knew how animals were treated in factory farms and how pesticides had caused health problems with field workers. I was eating and cooking healthy, shopping at my farmer’s market and buying organic or no-spray produce, eating less processed foods, working out. I thought I knew it all when it came to healthy living. 

    The more I explored the healthy eating community, I found more voices. And they had a lot to say, and they had facts to back it up. The voices started to get louder, and I couldn’t ignore them anymore. Health was becoming so much more than the food I ate.

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