Welcome to Paleo Meal Planning: Part 1.
People ask me ALL THE TIME how budget my time and money eating a whole foods diet. To me it’s not hard but it’s certainty not easy. It’s something that has been a gradual process. The first step I always take is to look in the fridge and see what I already have. Then I begin looking at the grocery ads for the local grocery stores and see what I can plan around that’s on sale. We are still working on the 1/4 of a cow that we got in December so I don’t really buy meat unless I see stuff on sale like seafood or chicken.
I will detail my entire meal plan in another post, but for today I have my first Vlog (Video Blog) !! I set up my You Tube channel the other day because I am putting up the educational videos that I make for my students, and I kind of wanted to test out a “food related” video. I’ve seen bloggers do this before and I think it’s a fun and different idea so I set out everything that I bought this week at the store and explained how I went about getting the most for my money!
Sorry, after multiple takes the video cuts out right at the end because my camera battery died. Woops- fail. But I thought the rest of the video turned out alright. Turn up your volume because the audio isn’t the best either. I promise I’ll get better!!!
***So at the end I started talking about meat- as I said we have beef in the freezer so I plan meals around that. The other “protein” sources I buy that I don’t have in the video (because they had to go straight to the fridge) were 3 dozen organic, cage-free eggs (I’m doing some baking for V-Day this week!!), Applegate Farms chicken breast for my husband’s lunches, some anti-biotic free chicken tenders and bagged shrimp that was on sale.
No, everything is not organic. Everything is not cage-free, grass fed, pastured, plated with gold, infused with tears of angels-perfect. I do what I can. If you’ll notice none of my produce was organic today. It is what it is. I am not going to pay $3 for an organic bell pepper. I just can’t right now. I don’t really feel bad about it. Today I got organic crushed tomatoes but last week I got regular because it didn’t fit in the budget for the week. It’s just whatever I feel I can splurge on that week I get. I figure if I’m at least trying that’s better than nothing. And meats and eggs are always prioritized, as you can see. Just do what you can and sooner or later you will figure out what you are and are not willing to sacrifice.
By the way- Go SU!
Stay tuned for more Paleo Meal Planning posts!
What strategies do you use to get the most for your money at the grocery store?