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Thursday, September 22, 2011

What we're eating

 7:30       Breakfast   Everyone gets a Protein Shake
3 cups Almond Milk
Large handful fresh Organic spinach
3/4 cup frozen organic berries
2 scoops Organic Vanilla Hemp Protein Powder
2 scoops Organic Flax Seed
1 Banana
Blended until smooth
Isla June also gets 
 Kashi Blueberry Waffle with peanut butter and jelly and 2 handfuls of Blueberries
Jer and I get coffee

10:30         Snack for Isla June
 Greek Yogurt with honey or Annie's Cheddar Bunnies
12:00 Lunch for momma
Usually a mozzarella, tomato and avocado salad with pita chips.  

1:30-2:30 Lunch for Isla June
Ususally leftovers from the night before or a PBJ on whole wheat plus mandarin oranges
5:30 Dinner!
Typical go-to's include Spaghetti with veggies ( I put broccoli, onions, squash and green peppers in it). Chicken Tacos or Chicken Tomato Soup or Hawaiian BBQ Chicken or Chicken Fajitas or Baked Chicken- yeah, lots of chicken (that's always organic).  Most of these are slow cooker meals- recipes coming soon!  I always include some sort of vegetable, most of the time cooked into the meal. I've been thinking that we should do at least one vegetarian meal a week (I mean, as a former vegetarian it's a little ridiculous how much meat we eat).  But, that being said, we don't eat pork, beef or lamb in our household (I wouldn't know how to cook it, and I don't like it, so Jeremy has to deal with it).

Isa June also gets at least 12-18 oz of Almond milk a day and 8-15 oz of water.  After my morning shake and coffee, I'm relegated to water for the rest of the day (maybe with a splash of cranberry juice).  We attempt to eat fresh, healthy foods throughout the week.  Some fast food does sneak in there on occasion (we're only human, and I'm still getting used to this whole cooking thing!)
So, how do we do all of this on a budget? ummm.....we do the best we can? 
No, seriously, I stick to a very strict budget.  Upon moving to Myrtle Beach, my mother helped me track down the Farmer's Market and the Costco (I also checked out the Sam's club, Kroger and Walmart to see what organic products they carried-nada).  I get all of our organic Chicken and Ground Turkey, Organic Spinach, Organic Flax seed, Organic Salsa, Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Jelly, Organic Apples, Frozen Organic Broccoli, and Frozen Organic Berries as well as whole wheat bread and Tortillas from Costco.  They have an (obviously) very good range of organic food.  And it's pretty affordable, you just have to make sure not to buy everything that you want.  It's in bulk, so the cost can add up quick (and then you end up throwing things away).  I'm probably there every 1.5 weeks(if I go too often, I spend too much money and it won't all fit in the fridge).

For fresh produce, we've made a commitment to buy local.  I used to buy from a local farm called Indigo Farms who have a certified organic section where we pick-up peppers and squash and zucchinis.  But,  I would also buy their non-organic peaches and blueberries and green beans because I know about their farming methods and know that they don't spray their products with pesticides.  But, I just started  with a CSA called Sugarfoot farms on a recommendation from a friend in Myrtle.  They are amazing and I get all of this for under 20 bucks a week!
Feeding my family healthy, fresh meals is really important to me.  And Isla June seems to really love it (although I think we may be entering a picky stage.....hmmmm.....).
 I'm not sure if we could afford to feed another mouth at this point, she eats as much as I do!

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