What to Eat When You’re Broke

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The lower your income is, the more difficult it is to be particular about what you feed your family.

This probably isn’t an earth-shattering revelation to anyone, but if you feel like experimenting, try to buy a week’s worth of healthy food for a family on a budget of, say, $50-75.  Food manufacturers that target lower income shoppers with more affordable products tend to include more GMOs and toxic ingredients in their offerings.

It just isn’t possible to stick to  my usual food restrictions.  Generally speaking I avoid:

  • Non-organic dairy because of the hormones and antibiotics as well as the GMO feed given to the animals
  • Non-organic meat because of the hormones and antibiotics as well as the GMO feed given to the animals
  • Anything containing corn, soy, or canola in any form because it is almost certain to be GMO
  • Anything with chemical additives like artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives
  • Anything that is likely to have been doused in pesticides
  • Anything containing neurotoxins like MSG, fluoride, or aspartame (along with other artificial sweeteners)

It is a matter, then, of weighing the pros and cons, and figuring out what things, for you, are the most important, while also deciding which standards can be sacrificed.  These decisions will be different for everyone, based on their personal health concerns, their genetic propensity for certain diseases, and the members of the family for whom they are buying the food.

Sometimes, when you’re looking at someone else’s situation while you are comfortably backed by a loaded pantry, it’s easy to be judgemental and tell them what they “should” do. The thing that we  must all remember is that when times are tough, a person may be down to these two options with a two week grocery budget:

1.) Buy strictly healthy organic foods and feed your family for perhaps 8 out of the 14 days.

2.) Carefully select which standards you will relax to keep the tummies of your family full throughout the wait for the next paycheck.

Very few people are going to choose option one.

Usually, I have an enormous stockpile of non-GMO dried foods and a flourishing garden to serve as a back-up for whatever non-toxic items are being offered at a reasonable price that week.  Because I’ve recently moved and am rebuilding my pantry from the ground up, I have no such stockpile right now. I am at the mercy of the food manufacturers.

When your budget is extremely limited, the normal healthy eating suggestions of shopping only the perimeter of the store or visiting the farmer’s market will not suffice to feed a family.  As much as you may want to dine only on locally grown, fresh organic produce, a $50 farmer’s market spree will only get you through a few days if you are totally reliant on only this food.

The Lesser of the Nutritional Evils

So what is a broke, but health-conscious, shopper to eat?

After strongly considering the list above, I decided not to cut corners on the organic dairy, neurotoxins, or the GMOs.  I have a growing child and these things are at the top of the toxic pyramid for her development.  This isn’t to say that the pesticides aren’t harmful, or the preservatives are not a  chemical minefield.  In a perfect world, I’d avoid all of it, and you should too.

If you are in a situation where you have to feed your family and don’t have a lot of money to do it, you need to do your research well before looking at those brightly colored packages with the false promises of nutrition within.  While this list isn’t comprehensive, here are some things to consider about conventional grocery store offerings.

GMOs: Genetically modified foods have not been tested for long-term effects on humans.  There is a great deal of evidence to indicate the GMOs can cause a host of illness.  Peer reviewed studies implicate GMOs in the development of grotesque tumors, premature death, organ failure, gastric lesions, liver damage, kidney damage, severe allergic reactions, a viral gene that disrupts human functions…you can read more HERE.

Hormones and antibiotics: Livestock animals that provide meat or dairy products are tainted with growth hormones, antibiotics, and GMO feed.  These items pass through the food chain to the consumer. Growth hormones can cause opposite sex characteristics in developing children, early puberty, the development of cancer, and infertility. Furthermore, the world is quickly becoming immune to the effects of antibiotics because of constant exposure through the food supply, which means that there is the potential for things that should be easily treated to become deadly due to antibiotic resistance.

Pesticides: The use of pesticides in conventional farming is rampant.  Even the hijacked the Environmental Protection Agency has to admit that the ingestion of pesticides can cause health problems.  They warn of the risk of “birth defects, nerve damage, cancer, and other effects that might occur over a long period of time.”  (Keep in mind, however, that despite this warning, the EPA just RAISED the acceptable limit of glyphosate at the behest of Monsanto.) Especially at risk of harm from pesticides are prepubescent children and fetuses.

Neurotoxins: Our water supply is spiked with fluoride, a neurotoxin that  lowers IQs, causes infertility, has been linked to cancer and causes hardening of the arteries. Nearly every packaged food on the shelf is seasoned with MSG in one of its many names, and many lower calorie foods and diet drinks are sweetened with aspartame.  Both of these are excitotoxins that cause brain cell death instantly, causing decreased IQs, headaches, depression, and seizures.

Assorted chemical cocktails:  The length of the ingredients list in your food is often a direct indicator of the unhealthiness of the item. When an item contains a host of additives, colors, flavors, and preservatives, you can safely bet that most of the nutrients are gone.  These highly processed foodlike substances are very difficult for the body to break down so that the few remaining nutrients can be used. If you can’t picture what an ingredient looked like in it’s natural state, it probably isn’t something you really want to eat.  When is the last time you saw a tertiary butyl hydroquinone grazing in a field, or a calcium propionate growing in the garden?

What should you eat when you’re broke?

Grains: If you can’t swing organic grains, look for whole grains with few or no additives.

  • Wheat flour
  • Brown rice
  • Pasta (with recognizable ingredients)
  • Couscous
  • Quinoa
  • Barley

Meats:  If you can’t afford grass-fed organic meat, at the very least look for options that are guaranteed to be hormone and antibiotic free.  The USDA does not allow the use of growth hormones in pork, which makes it a slightly better option.

Here’s a little primer on those confusing meat labels:

  • Hormone-free: This means something with beef, but is nothing but a marketing ploy when you see it on poultry or pork, as the USDA does not allow the use of hormones with those animals.  Hormone-free does not mean antibiotic-free
  • Antibiotic-free: Because of poor and stressful living conditions, factory-farmed animals are very susceptible to illness.  Antibiotic-free means they were not prophylactically treated with antibiotics. This does not, however, mean that the animal is hormone-free.
  • Grass-fed: Grass-fed cows are allowed some access to the outdoors and are not fed grains or corn.  This does NOT mean they are organic, because the grass they are grazing on may have been chemically fertilized and sprayed.  Unless you have actually seen them roaming around the farm, keep in mind their access to the outdoors may not be the lovely rolling pastures that you have in your mind, but a crowded corral with hundreds of other cows.
  • Free-range: This label doesn’t mean diddly squat.  It means that the animal is allowed a minimum of an hour a day outside.  This could mean that they are crammed into an open area with a billion other chickens, still, without room to move, or that their cage is put outside, leaving them still tightly confined. Like the grass-fed cows above, unless you actually see the farm with the gallivanting chickens or pigs, take the label “free-range” with a grain of salt.

Your best options, if you can’t afford organic meats, are to go for the hormone and antibiotic free options as a supplement to vegetarian protein sources like local eggs, beans, and organic dairy products.

Fruits and vegetables: If organic produce is not an option, look for the items with the lowest pesticide loads.  (This list by the Environmental Working Group is based ONLY on pesticide loads – some of the items they recommend could be GMOs).  Fruits and vegetables that can be peeled often subject you to less pesticides than thin-skinned items. If you must buy conventional, wash the produce carefully and peel it if possible.  Look to these stand-bys:

  • Apples (peeled)
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Pineapples
  • Rutabagas
  • Sweet Peas
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Turnips

 Dairy products: Conventional dairy products are absolutely loaded with hormones.  Dairy cattle are given high levels of female hormones to make them produce a greater quantity of milk. This makes little boys develop female characteristics and makes little girls hit puberty at a far younger age than normal, which is the reason you see 4th graders with large breasts and hips.  These hormones can also trigger obesity in both genders.  Because of the public outcry, some dairies have pledged not to use rBST, the most commonly used of the growth hormones.  Do your research to discover if there are any such brands available to you.  The Lucerne brand from Safeway is guaranteed to be hormone free. (It’s interesting to note that Monsanto, the company that pushes rBST, wants the FDA to disallow dairies to put this on their labels, and that the FDA forces those who label their products rBST-free to also put the following disclaimer on the containers: “No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST treated cows.” (source) )

Organic dairy is still better, because the cattle are fed a healthier diet and are free from antibiotics.  If you can’t swing it, at the very least, search for rBST-free dairy products. For products, you can save loads of money by making your own from untainted milk.  Learn how to make yogurt, how to make yogurt cheese, and how to make cottage cheese.  Plain yogurt can also be used as a healthy substitute for sour cream.

Water:  If you are on city water, chances are, your water is loaded with chemicals, from fluoride to ammonia to chlorine.  I won’t drink this water, and I won’t let my children drink it either.  The large 5 gallon jugs provide the least expensive way to buy water.  Also look for sources of spring water to fill your own containers. (This interactive map can help.)

Other Tight Budget Tips

Build your pantry. It’s hard to think about building a pantry when you have barely enough food in the cupboard to make it between paychecks.  But if you can purchase one bulk item per shopping trip, in a few months you will have a pantry that will allow you to make higher quality grocery purchases on your weekly trips. At that point, you can start going to the farmer’s market, which in many locations is very reasonably priced, buying in enough bulk to preserve your foods, and have the occasional splurge.  Go HERE to learn more about building a whole foods kitchen on a half price budget.

Be scrupulous about food hygiene.  Wash your produce very thoroughly and soak it in a baking soda bath.  Also remember to careful wash your beans and rice. (Click HERE to see some photos of the dirt that comes off of a cup of rice!)

Get growing.  Even if it is the off season, you can sprout some seeds on your counter to add fresh nutrients. You can grow some salad greens and herbs in a sunny windowsill.  Invest a few dollars each week in some seeds and you will soon be able to supplement your diet with nutritious, organic, home-grown veggies.  Go HERE to get more ideas for growing your own food on any budget, in any location.

Visit outlet stores.  Sometimes places like Big Lots or grocery clearance centers have organic options at good prices. You might be able to pick up canned goods, cereals, and crackers at a fraction of the normal grocery store price.

Forage for freebies.  In many locations, even the city,  there are free delicious foods just waiting for you to pick them.  Dandelions, wild berries, nuts, and nutritious leaves abound. Just be very sure you know what you’re picking and then enjoy your wild foods.  Check out this excellent guide to the nutritious goodies that may be in your backyard masquerading as lowly weeds.

Plan on at least one extra frugal meal per day.  Have peanut butter and crackers, a bowl of oatmeal, or soup for one meal per day – not every meal has to be made up of protein, veggies, and grains.

 Don’t give up.  If you are feeling financially defeated, it is sometimes easy to say, “*bleep* it!!!” and just get some Ramen noodles or macaroni and cheese and call it a meal.  Don’t do it!  Do the very best you can with the resources you have available. Remember, if you can’t afford good food, you definitely can’t afford bad health – it’s even more expensive.

 

 The Simple Truth

There are a lot of things that readers may find to pick apart in this article – and that’s good!  By thinking critically and discussing these things, sometimes we can come up with solutions that may not have occurred to us previous to the conversation. I’m not some expert that shouldn’t be questioned – I am just a mom on a budget.  Some of the suggestions here were gleaned from the comments sections of previous articles.

Do your research and do the best that you can with what’s available given your resources.  Create a plan to provide better options in the future. Don’t go down that toxic trail laid out by Big Food without fighting, kicking, and screaming.

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43 Comments  to  What to Eat When You’re Broke

  1. HalfKin says:

    Another good brand of Dairy is Tillamook. Unless things have changed, I have seen those beautiful rolling pastures of plentiful green grass they eat and their yogurt, milk and cheeses are hormone free.
    Also, Dairy Gold is a cooperative in my area and many of them have good growing, farming, practises.
    I wish you well on your re-building!
    Halfkin

  2. Shannon says:

    I am a prepper and I real close to 100 articles/week to educate myself. I have to say this is the BEST, MOST WELL WRITTEN post I have read in months. THANK YOU for posting this for those of us who want to do the best for our families, but who don’t always have the financial means every week to do it. I’m passing this along to everyone that I know who say eating healthy just isn’t an affordable prepping option. Bravo!

  3. anna says:

    My favorite: onion soup – very healthy and very very cheap
    with a bit of melted cheese :)

  4. R Martin says:

    Great information, have a source on quality well priced organic foods that being Costco. They have the following: ground beef, quinoa, eggs, pasta (variety pack), coconut oil, and salad greens. For cheese, I will sometimes buy a type from out of country, like Ireland, as they do not use rbgh. Having lived in Europe and now recently returned I found the food frightening here. While there and on a budget initially, I brought lentils into my diet which I continue to eat as most of the meat here is laced with hormones, etc. There are sites online that you can purchase organic lentils in bulk. Also, I learned to make my own veggie burgers with beans, say black combined with a red, add onions whatever you like, and fry lightly. Milk, there is also Alta Dena and Swiss that is hormone free as well. For those who love Trader Joes, be careful as much of their food has soy in it. I bought tea a few weeks ago to find out afterwards that it has soy lecithin in it. What gives TJ’s!?!? Last comment, water is going to get very political. I would recommend people not buy bottled water if they don’t have to because there are companies out there that don’t believe water is a basic human right such as Nestlé. They believe it is a commodity to be sold to the public. Easy enough to verify should you want more information. Food has become politics and we need to make decisions in a way so that companies will wake up and provide items that are good for us in the long term.

  5. Lance the Permie says:

    The Incan Empire ran on a diet of quinoa. The Aztecs on amaranth…Easy to grow (get the right varietal for your height above sea level!), tasty and nutritious! I love having a dinner of greens and quinoa cakes (with peas, chives and an egg) even though I’m mainly a meat eater. Cheap and cheerful! Great article.

    • moriyah says:

      A most refreshing breezes of understanding. A real breath of fresh air from the real world.
      Excellent article, fine comments, and, not much to add, except:
      Free food, Food banks & food trees, bushes, shrubs, roots, leaves etc. I got 22lobs of Service Berries (Saskatoon, June) from one cluster of shrubs. Thousands of berries and 10′s of 1,000′s of seeds.
      Take time to smell the roses.

  6. Kimo says:

    Now, 61 racks adorn the house. Venison, the last pure meat. We also have real free range cattle. They must be vaccinated, but hormones of any kind are not used. Sick cow? Reality here, one head shot and a backhoe, and the cow is buried 6 ft under in less than 10 minutes. Our climate has changed out here, our deep rain forests are showing signs now. We are in a drought. We are watching, very worried. Out here, it costs minimun 300 bucks a month to feed a horse, the bare essentials. Those who know understand, its not easy. Those in the mainland at least see clearly now, you MUST find a way to live off the grid. To be free. Good article Daisy

  7. fifty says:

    Avoid sugar. Yeah, a few comfort foods, or as a small ingredient in canned foods, but don’t eat sugar if you want to stay healthy.

  8. G. says:

    At year’s end, my husband’s department is being eliminated. Not fun. I have been working full speed with dehydrating, freezing, and canning. I want a very full larder at year’s end!! My best buy has been eggplant. I was picking up two bushels of green beans at a sort-of-local farm for the dehydrator when the owner told me he had too many eggplant and offered me a good price per box. I hadn’t planned on this vegetable, but we like it, so I purchased three boxes. I am baking them, scooping them out, measuring them, and freezing (Food Saver) them. In fact, I am going back and buying more. It isn’t for everyone. There are at least four recipes that I have come up with, that use “stewed” eggplant. It was an opportunity, and I took the challenge!

    • Kristan Martin says:

      I freeze marinated eggplant. Peel, slice 1/2 thick, salt and pat dry after 20 minutes or so. Roast at 350-375 ’til done, (20 minutes or so). Remove from oven, and slather with olive oil, pressed garlic, and some lemon juice. I marinate it for a day or so in the fridge, then vacuum seal in 1 cup amounts. You can slice it and add to pizza, lasagna, Tuscan bean soup, whatever. I forgot to put it in lasagna once, and fried it up and served it on the side. The recipe is from Molly Katzen.

  9. Kulafarmer says:

    Good article Daisy,
    Something to keep in mind, farmers markets, chat with the vendors,ya might find one or two who are willing to trade weeding for veggies, lots of farmers myself included have all manner of food growing on their place and may be more than happy to barter.

  10. Denise says:

    Great advice! As much as I’d love to go completely organic and avoid GMOs I’m on a limited budget. I live in Wisconsin, the ddairy state and forunately most of the non organic milk sold here is rBST free i.e. kemps, dean, and the roundys brand sold at pick n save. I’m not sure if this is everywhere but I’ve also found that the milk sold at Aldis and Wal-Mart doesn’t contain the nasty hormone either. If I can afford it I’ll opt for organic soy milk as well.

  11. whirlygirl says:

    This list is good….unless you really are poor and live in an area that doesn’t provide a ton of organic choices in grocery stores. A couple of things you didn’t mention–#1. Farmers Markets are your friend! Where I live (NH) they now take food stamps, but I do not know if that is a nationwide trend or local. I try to promote that as I do not think many are aware of it. #2. Buy meat in bulk! I talk to my butcher (Market Basket/Demoulas) and get a whole top round and whole bottom round and save about $2 a pound. And you can cut it how you like (more steaks…cubes….strips….roast…ect)Between those two, plus a couple whole fryers, gets my family of 4 (17 y.o. twins…b/g…hubby is big boy) fed every month…for ~around $100 in meat. It is a large expense at the outset, but you will see savings and quality difference almost immediately. #3. NO SODA/KOOL-AID/JUICE BOXES. those are huge money sucks. We drink crystal light by the gallon, and I make fresh juice with the fruit I get at farmers markets. I am currently paying around $300 a month in groceries…because I have learned that most things at the grocery store is a money suck….learn how to make your own pasta….can fruits/veggies for later…dehydrate…grow your own…that is what to eat when your broke. (sorry it was so long…this tends to be a touchy subject for me :) )

    • Lana says:

      I’m sorry if I misunderstood but did you say you are drinking Crystal Light? I hope this isn’t true. If it is you obviously didn’t read the ingredients. Artificial sweeteners are neurotoxins among other things. Just water or water mixed with a little real juice would be more healthful and doesn’t cost a lot.

      • whirlygirl says:

        I should have specified…Crystal light pure…no artificial sweeteners…made with truvia…which is a derivative of stevia…just because I am poor doesn’t mean I don’t read labels and pay attention :P

        • jnit says:

          If Truvia is a derivative of Stevia, what’s mixed with it and why risk it? Freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice with stevia and water seems healthier and who knows(I don’t) it might even be cheaper. I’ve been considering an experiment of skipping stevia and sweetening lemon water with watermelon or fresh pineapple juice.

          • My Oppinion says:

            Half water , half apple juice mixed in a big jar for the day is a good option. Children love this drink.

            My Mom when we where children, just cooked a pot of peppermint tea in the morning and sweetened it sometimes with honey, sometimes just plain, because we loved the taste. After it cooled down it was s a refreshing drink on hot days.

  12. Lynn Maust says:

    here in Pa they take food stamps at the veggie market

  13. Laurie says:

    Well written post. Summer and fall are always times for us to be stashing away as much produce as possible for when nothing is growing.

    Shared on the CSH page and Pinned.

  14. Pam says:

    Well written article. This is precisely how I shop on the limited income we have. I asked myself what foods do we eat the most, daily, what can we afford and how…..I have lowered my household expenses by making all of my laundry soap, cleaning solutions, and not using paper products such as paper towels and plates & recycling. That in turn freed up dollars to put in the food side of the budget so I can now purchase more of the products I want and stock up as well. I am sharing your insightful words for others as they are based on ‘real’ world realities. I know many organic ‘snobs’ who set in judgment of those who are unable to afford all they have, but do not offer viable options or guidelines to encourage the purchase or growing of healthier foods…..bravo to you.

  15. Melinda says:

    Hi, I am knew to your sight and read this story today. I am currious if you have a menu plan based on these suggestions for what to eat and feed a family of 8 when you are broke. I share a lot of the same convictions and I just moved and find myself struggling to feed my family of 8 healthy meals on a budget that does not allow me to buy the things we want.

    If this is already posted somewhere, I would appreciate the link. If it is not posted yet, would you please share a week or months worth of menus using these suggestions for managing healthy eating on a very low budget?

    Thanks,
    Melinda

  16. Whatabunchabullshit says:

    This is by far the most useless pile of crap I’ve ever read. This is where I about lost it.

    “Meats: If you can’t afford grass-fed organic meat”

    Are you kidding me, who in the hell is your target here? Sure isn’t broke people.
    I couls sum this up in two words – TOP RAMEN.

  17. Kim says:

    I believe Walmart’s Great Value Brand milk is hormone free.

  18. Lily Pink says:

    Hunt, fish, plant a garden, and keep a bone broth on the stove.

  19. Eleanor says:

    Incorporating fasting is one way to cut down on grocery expenses. I’m talking about a one meal fast or eating very lightly for a meal.

    Also, one thing I have done is after Halloween I go around hunting pumpkins which I cook down to make pumpkin puree and freeze. Most times pumpkins after Halloween are free or greatly reduced in price. They may not be the sweet pumpkin pie pumpkins but they are still good for eating. The seeds are good for roasting also.

    Buying less popular meat cuts, even grass fed is less expensive. I’m talking of soup bones, beef knuckles and sometimes oxtail which you can make a nourishing soup from.

  20. rosanne says:

    THIS IS ENCOURAGING! Thanks for honestly sharing :) printing this to re-read and for further evaluation and refference.

  21. lance the permie says:

    A note on meat…I order a half an organic, grassfed cow a year. I sell off the prime cuts for 1/2 the price the local butcher sells such cuts for and I’m left with stewing meat, ground beef and offal. I also end up paying absolutely nothing for that meat.
    Talk to and network with, your neighbours.

  22. Agrien says:

    Hmmm… thinking of what I’ve done in the past for this… but really, its not as hard as you think. I have multiple food allergies, and have been diagnosed with several debilitating disorders. None of which had a good prognosis. With some of these, my metabolism is a little skewed, and my caloric intake is around 3k+. My diet is pretty much restricted to whole foods, organic and range-fed, few grains, no soy, no dairy, and no fat. And no derivatives of such. I don’t eat shellfish or pork, and refined sugars and flours, as well as alternative sweeteners are out. But I’m not hurting, and not complaining. Quite blessed, really…
    So, allowing myself to slide on a few things is not an option, unless I want to end up in the hospital. And because I travel a lot (sometimes to places where medical help is not close), this isn’t always an option either. Add to that the fact that I do ministry, and the budget can be a little… tight?
    Several things I’ve found that help:
    Farm share, or other places where you can work for produce. Also some where you can buy shares in livestock. Check the laws in different states.
    Foraging. Again, check laws in the area. Please note that this is not acceptable in state and national parks… but sometimes BLM land.
    Field gleaning. Check your local newspapers and such for people that will let you pick and pack for a low price.
    Learn to can, freeze, dry, or anything else that lets you take care of bulk items for less.
    Flea markets and farmers markets. Check everything in the neighboring towns. Sometimes a little gas money is worth finding good bargains, especially if you car pool this one.
    There are more things, but once you know your area well enough, you’ll find them. Some of it can be rather time consuming, but worth it if you really want to have a little more control over what you eat and spend, there might be something to help. :)
    Shalom, and Yahweh bless.

    • Agrien says:

      One other thing… how much do we really need to eat in a meal? I find that replacing most of my carbs with produce (unless I’m having a pretty heavy day and need the energy), I feel a lot better. Also, if I remember correctly, we don’t really need as much protein as we tend to eat. Only about 6 ounces per serving. Most weeks, I can do meats about 3 times a week, if I make sure to get whole proteins in the rest of my diet. Doing this by eating eggs, mixing grains with nuts and legumes, and fishing is always fun…

  23. Denise says:

    A lot of farmers markets in Wisconsin take food stamps too. There’s 2 here in Milwaukee that take accept them as well as a winter market that does. The farmers market by my house also takes WIC checks and does a match up where you get double the amount of fresh produce listed on a check. So say someone has a WIC check for $10, they can get $20 in fruits and veggies.

  24. vivian says:

    I have been reading up on growing various types of sprouts and most literature indicates that even grown at home you are at risk for salmenela(sp). They highly discourage people from growing many of the sprouts, especially alfalfa. Any feelings on this matter?

  25. Ryan says:

    Wow. Must be really nice being independently wealthy, arrogant, and judgmental.

  26. Erica Datura says:

    Dry beans and lentils have been a godsend for me. I went vegan a few years ago, I get almost all my protein from legumes instead of tofu or mock meats and I find I can stretch my food budget significantly farther than I could when I tried to eat healthy meat and dairy.

    Also $1 stores are a surprisingly good place to find cheap healthy foods. I can usually find beans, soymilk,decent peanut butter, canned and frozen veggies

  27. Skettelhut says:

    This is my first time reading your work and I was intrigued. One thing pops to the top of my list of questions however and it is this:

    You speak about “freebies”, wild berries, leaves, etc. How does one know whether they have been sprayed with some toxic substance, particularly in the city?

    I also find some of your choices for fresh fruits and vegetables to be rather expensive for someone trying to feed a family on “$50 or $60 a week”. Asparagus? I can’t afford asparagus and I can spend whatever I chose on food. Mushrooms? How much nutritional value in mushrooms? I love them, I cook with them all the time, but again, they’re relatively expensive, a luxury I would think.

  28. NeuroscienceProf says:

    HA! How foolish! NO LEGITIMATE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE EXISTS TO SUGGEST GMOs ARE UNSAFE. Save your money for local and sustainably produced products.

    And as for claiming that MSG and artificial sweeteners are “neurotoxins”… well, you clearly haven’t taken a college level neuroscience course (should I mention that I TEACH them??). Or perhaps you haven’t taken ANY science course?? Your lack of critical assessment when reading these bogus and biased sources is pathetically obvious (btw NatureNews is a pseudoscientific joke in the neuroscience community). And the naive followers who eat this shit up are just a bunch of poor suckers, finding exactly what they’re looking for (in scientific research this is called expectation bias and is not an acceptable form of objective data collection).

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