Just a couple of things. That was my plan going to Whole Foods this weekend. I was just going to get:
Vegan cheese (sliced and a block of jalapeño flavored)
Coconut coffee creamer
But I couldn’t bring myself to stop there. I came across Beyond Meat burgers. So I got two because there’s only two per package. Potstickers! I have really missed those but they’re always tainted with some kind of meat. Gardenin “meat”balls and Gardenin chicken strips. I also realized I needed more veggie crumble for tacos but what about the cheese? You can’t have tacos without cheese…so back for taco style cheese. Twenty five items and $124.81 later I walked out of Whole Foods dumb founded. How did that happen? Why is it so expensive to eat healthy.
Honestly it is not really that expensive. Even though that was only my first stop and I still needed to go to Stop and Shop to get my fruits, veggies and other weekly staples (another $107.00! My poor bank account uuugggg). I have to really think about what is a necessary item and what I believe to be necessary when it comes to grocery shopping. Vegan pumpkin spiced almond milk? Probably not. But I’m also feeding a family of three to five as well as two dogs who like their veggie treats.
My family is a blended family. I live with my boyfriend, my sixteen year old son and every other weekend my boyfriends two children come and stay with us. This was a kid weekend. My boyfriends kids are by far two of the pickiest kids I’ve ever known and yet they are always willing to try new things. His daughter has mentioned being a vegetarian on many occasions but her mother will not allow it. She’s the easy one. My boyfriend is very willing to try the vegan lifestyle but my boyfriends son and my son like meat. My son knows he will only get animal flesh at his dads house but he is also willing to try vegan options with me. He is especially fond of the vegan cheeses!
The common theme with all four of them is when it comes to dinner they like to eat traditional things. Spaghetti and meatballs. Tacos. Grilled chicken and burgers with fries. Personally I could sit down to a baked sweet potato with a dab of vegan spread and a little cinnamon and be the happiest chic alive! They want meals constructed from traditional ideas of what should be on the dinner plate. I’m not complaining. I will do whatever I need to do to get a vegan meal on the table with minimal complaints. Vegan meat options are in my opinion a necessary evil.
When I was an omnivore shopper I would buy a few pounds of chicken, a steak or a couple pounds of ground beef and atleast two pounds of lunch meat every week. The chicken could be upwards of fifteen dollars. The steak or hamburger eight to ten and the lunch meats about twenty. We are talking about forty five to fifty dollars of animal flesh every week. In comparison, four beyond beef burgers were ten dollars. Two packages of Gardenin “meat”balls were ten dollars, same for two packages of Gardenin “chicken” strips. The veggie crumble was two for seven dollars so my total for “meat” like products was about thirty seven bucks. Worth every penny.
Is it more expensive to eat healthy? Absolutely. I won’t deny that my grocery bill has gone up some but there are a lot of factors involved. I buy certain fruits and veggies organic and as your coming to realize I really love my vegan cheeses and they are definitely more pricey than the alternative. Is it worth the effort? To some it may seem like a hasle to go to more than one store to do the grocery shopping but for me it’s absolutely worth the time, no hasle at all. Why not? Aren’t we worth it? We strive for the very best in all aspects of life, shouldn’t we strive to put the best into our bodies? Because once they break down we can’t go out and buy a new one.