THREE! And all different places.
Hello, my name is Laura and I have a grocery shopping addiction. Or maybe I just have an addiction to pretending I'm all old-school Frenchy-French and thus need to purchase food on a near-daily basis.
Anyway, I thought I'd go whole hog and show you the grocery pictures, too. (You: OMG, that is SOOOOO EXCITING!) To further explain the multiple grocery store trips, I will tell you that it is partly due to being picky about ingredients while still trying to be budget-savvy. So we get some stuff at Super Target and some at the co-op. Then there are a couple other mini-trips for forgotten ingredients or dessert. Plus, the grocery store is something to do with Bella, especially when it's nice enough for us to walk there and back, and she has many a merchant friend at our neighborhood Lund's.
As you will see, we buy a lot of organic stuff. A significant (SIGNIFICANT) chunk of our monthly expenditures go to groceries, but it's something that is important to us so we accept it (and our budget is sad and paltry in other areas because of it). There was a paragraph in Micheal Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma that has stuck with me - basically it was stating that a century ago people used to spend over 1/3 of their income on food and that the current low cost of many food products is a reflection of how crazy our food system has become. Quality food costs money, and yet crappy food can be insanely cheap (hello dollar menu). So I remind myself of that factoid when I cringe at the pie graphs showing where our money goes on Mint.com.
Now, I realize that it is really not possible for everyone to purchase organic. If you are interested in eating more organic, but are faced with budgetary issues, I would encourage you to look at the clean 15/dirty dozen list to see what produce is best to buy organic and which conventionally grown ones are fine to buy. And if money is an issue, I wouldn't worry about buying everything organic (meaning things like grains). Just focus on the produce and reducing conventionally raised meat products in your life.
Sunday Super Target Trip
Dairy/Refrigerator Section: Silk Soy Milk (Husband's), Calcium-fort OJ (Husband's), Stoneyfield organic low-fat plain yogurt, Oikos 0% organic greek yogurt
Freezer: Organic blueberries, Alexia sweet potato fries, Van's gluten-free waffles (gross - don't rec!)
Grains/Packaged: Oatnut bread (not the best choice), Old-fashioned oats, Penne pasta (white pasta - I don't like whole wheat), Vegetarian baked beans
Other: Cadbury eggs, Jelly beans (Obviously both organic. Pffft! I kid, I kid.)
Tuesday Co-op Trip
(Eastside Co-op in NE Mpls)
Dairy/Refrigerator: String cheese (local), goat cheese (local), Muenster cheese (Hormone-free, etc but not local), Wraps (organic)
Meats/Protein: Whole chicken & chicken breast (local, but as I just now inspected the package I think I want to find out more info about the farm), canned Cannelini beans (organic - Eden Foods/BPA-free cans), eggs (local, organic), sustainably caught canned tuna
Other: Dry Vanilla Soda (I really like these - they have half the sugar and no artificial stuff), fair trade vanilla coffee
|I let Bella be in charge of the cart since we went at 8 AM on a weekday. Only one of us had a great time. Guess which one?|
Wednesday's Lund's Trip
(expensive neighborhood grocery store that I should really stop buying things at)
Amazingly, I still foresee the need for a trip to Whole Foods on Friday (cake!) and probably another trip to Lund's this week. Grocery shopping addiction: it's a real problem, I tell you.