My Whole Foods Healthy Food Challenge for February…

I often hear Whole Foods referred to as ‘Whole Paycheck’. Are their prices higher than the average grocery store? Yes. In my opinion it is a small price to pay to get good food which nourishes one’s body…they research all of the products they choose to carry in their stores, and I feel good about the food they offer. I am in the fortunate position to not have to worry about the amount I spend on food, so if I am in the mood for something in particular I can usually buy it, no matter the cost. I know I am blessed in that respect.

HOWEVER, I have decided to set out on an experiment to prove that one does not have to pay a lot of money to eat delicious yet healthy meals. For each week in February I will develop a menu plan which makes use of in-season, healthy foods at a reasonable price. I will not use any processed foods/ingredients (this ain’t no ‘Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee!!), and I will NOT cut out meats/fish/poultry; however, I may include vegetarian meals in my plans and my portions will be reasonable. In other words I don’t plan to skimp on the food – we will not go hungry to prove a point. In the spirit of the average cook with time constraints I plan to design meals which are time-sensitive. I will set a budget – a budget the typical American family usually spends on food per month for a family of four. I am researching what that amount is and will post the results before the onset of my experiment. February 1, 2010 is the start date and the experiment will last the entire month.

I welcome any budget suggestions or ideas to incorporate into the experiment…

Please share with your friends, thank you!

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