May 20, 2010
Produce Isle Convenience Foods
Convenience costs. You know that right? In any area of life, convenience costs.
Convenience can be worth the cost. If you don’t have time or energy to fix yourself a salad, buying premade salad can be the right choice. It’s better than a fast food meal. It’s better than many other options. It’s a price you are willing to pay to eat healthy.
Convenience can be too convenient. This is where I get into trouble. I choose that convenient option one busy week, and it was so easy that I buy it the next week when I don’t really need it. It's just so......convenient.
Doing a little extra work saves money. Washing, cutting, and peeling fruits or vegetables isn’t that hard. It isn’t that time consuming. It’s healthier, too, because foods can begin to lose nutrients once that work is done. A little work can mean significant savings.
Make a conscious decision. This is what I’m working on. When I reach for that bag of salad or pre-cut broccoli (my two biggest temptations), I want to stop and make a conscious decision. I want to ask myself if I have a few minutes to do the work myself. Am I only reaching for it because it is convenient? On the other hand, if it is a particularly busy time or I’m sick, and buying that item will mean that we eat healthier, then fine. I am willing to pay for that convenience. Most of the time, though, I can do the work, and I want to consciously choose to eat healthy and save money.
What produce isle convenience foods do you reach for most often?
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Thank you, Linda for your post :)
I sometimes use the salad bar, but not for salad. If I only need a few slices of red onion, for example, it makes more sense to buy it that way than to get a whole onion and end up throwing 3/4 of it out when it goes bad. (I know you can freeze onions, but IMHO that only works if you are going to cook them later, not eat them raw in a salad.) Even though the salad bar runs 4.99 a pound, those few slices end up costing me about a quarter!
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