Getting my list together...
I wanted to give you all an idea of what I will be ordering through the food co-op this week. Sometimes it does take a little planning but absolutely worth it. Instead of grocery shopping on Sunday evening, I will be ordering most of my goods online and have them the following Saturday.
First off my vitaminsKids, myself and hubby are completely OUT! We have been holding off until the buying club got started to order more so we could get the discount. We are going to try a couple of new things this month. It usually takes us at least a month or more to go through the vitamins and supplements so I budget accordingly. The kids want to try a new multi that I am okay with since these have the digestive enzymes (many kids vitamins do not contain them), wheat sprouts & spirulina too. Children Nutri Stars Children's Multivitamin $22.93 (120 chewables will last us 2 months-that's $5.76 a month for both my kids). Immune Support Formula (Alcohol-Free) Sweet Echinacea we keep on hand ALWAYS $8.47.
For Me & Hubby
FoodScience of Vermont B Complex-75, Marine Biotherapies Mangosteen with Goji & Pomegranate Juice (kids will enjoy this also), Nutiva HempShakes Chocolate ORGANIC, Natrol General Health Vitamin D3, American Health More Than A Multiple, Green Foods Organic Chlorella ORGANIC Chlorella Powder (to put in our smoothies). Under the bulk items there a few things I am pondering on too - Kelp powder is one of them! I may see if I can find some more super foods like the Acai one in capsule form to add on the website!
Now for our mealsWe are stuck using some of the produce I canned and froze last year or head to the grocery aisle until seasonal produce starts to come in. Meats I try and utilize them a couple of times. For example I will buy the Organic Soy Free Whole Chickens and make homemade chicken broth to freeze. Then we will have some of the chicken for supper one night. Left overs I will either use with a pasta or make a BBQ out of it. So from a whole chicken I can get two meals and chicken broth!!!! I tend to use ground beef a lot, simply because it is so versatile. I will more than likely get a small beef pack or ground beef in bulk (that way I can save a few bucks). Trying to make two meals with any leftovers of meat helps out on the budget quite a bit. My mother taught me early on how to stretch a dollar and it has paid off for us eating healthier. I will grab some uncured bacon and save any drippings to use for just a little bit of flavoring on other things I cook (yes, like your grandmother use to do). And then will I let hubby get online and order what he wants...the meat list could get LONG!
Personal Care ItemsIf I didn't make the soap (LOL) I would buy some! I will need to replenish our shampoo (we have been too busy to make anymore). I will be adding on the Avalon Organics Tea Tree that works pretty good. It can be tough to try new things sometimes but I have found some really great products during the HEALTHY LIVING transition. Burt's Bees didn't list their ingredients so I can't say how good it will be. We need some arnica cream too!
Tea & SpicesI am out of plenty of herbs I will be purchasing a long list. I love the fact we can get ORGANIC in 1 lb packages. After going to Home Economist for years and purchasing by the ounce I am excited to get such a great price on them. I like Nuvi green tea and will get some of it, plus a few others. I will buy some peppermint leaf under Bulk items so I can add it to my teas. Did you know with many of the items we have listed in bulk you can make your own custom teas? We may have to work on a class for that. In the meantime, there are certified organic teas made in Asheville, NC listed on the site. We get them from a local distributor here in Mooresville. I am out of Chili powder (the shakers are under spices not bulk) & sea salt.
Specialty FoodsThe Rock the Red Jam is out of this world and I will be getting some of that (several great ones to choose from). I will need to replenish my coconut oil (can't keep it around we use it so much)! Nutiva seems to be a good company. They did contribute to the Prop 37 initiative in California last year.
PlantsI have started quite a few tomato plants (probably around 150) however they are still so tiny. The plants that our farmer has are ready to be put in the ground...something to think about. They looked nice and healthy too! All started from certified seed!
As I add a few things here and there to the website, I am sure my list will increase! Happy shopping until 4/7 at 11:59pm.
Love & Blessings,