Healthy Food Budget: July 2013 Wk 2

July Week Two Healthy Food Budget: $128.45

I knew this would be an impossibly tough month if I continued to include vitamins & supplements in my food budget. So I decided to separate them from my groceries/dining out spending, and I feel much better. Otherwise, I’d be skimping on healthy groceries.

So, after making the adjustment, my food budget for June is in much better shape! I might even come in UNDER budget this month!

July Wk 2 Food Spending $128.45 / Total $240.24 / Balance $159.76

Dining Out: $6 / Total $26.32
Groceries: $122.45 / Total $195.73

Where I Spent My Grocery Dollars This Week

Whole Foods Market (Sun) $36.89 for 4 lbs air-chilled boneless chicken breast @4.99/lb sale, 3/4 lb boneless pork chops @4.99/lb sale, Jovial brown rice spaghetti, 1 lb cherries, and 2 jars of Bubbie’s sauerkraut.

Market Basket (Tues) $3.62 for mushrooms and bananas

Local Farm (Tues) $10.16 for blueberries, summer squash, pickling cuke, batch of scallions, batch of beets

Penzey’s Spices (Thurs) $7.24 for 4 oz natural cocoa powder, 4 oz onion granules, 1.2 oz jar creamy peppercorn dressing base (free w/ coupon) and .9oz jar Berbere seasoning (free w/ coupon)

Trader Joes (Thurs) $33.61 for California x-virgin olive oil, organic sour cream, organic plain yogurt, balsamic vinegar, dry roasted organic cashews, organic frozen raspberries, organic quinoa, 1lb bag of organic limes, organic garlic

Wilson Farm (Thurs) $21.64 for batch of farm radishes, 2 farm lettuces, 2 cucumbers, mango, quart of NJ blueberries ($8), pint of raspberries ($3), 1/3 lb farm green beans, 1/2 lb farm zucchini, and 1.3 lb peaches/nectarines

Whole Foods Market (Sat) and groceries: 2/3 lb cherries ($5/lb), 2 lb bag o’ organic carrots, 3/4 lb broccoli crowns, and 1.3 lb yellow peaches ($1/lb sale) — Note: if I continued to include supplements, I would have had to include $85.23 for PB8 Probiotics ($18.58), Rainbow Light Advanced Enzymes ($28.68), Jarrow Saccharomyces Boulardii + Mos ($28.68) – I’ll keep a separate budget for supplements from now on. Phew, such a relief!

Dinners This Week

While on the detox cleanse, I found myself slipping away from meal planning because I was missing my favorite go-to meals: eggs, pasta w/ tomatoes, and bread pizza. I was having a very difficult time finding inspiration for meals, especially since I don’t like eating meat with every meal.

But now that things are starting to come back to normal, I’m coming back to my go-to meals, while still maintaining a proper healthy diet (except for weekend splurges!)

Sunday 7/7
Grilled pork chops with a big veg salad
Monday 7/8
Grilled chicken (DH made last night with pork chops) brown rice and salad
Tuesday 7/9
Family Birthday lunch: pasta (GF for me) and tomato sauce with salad. And Dinner with family: Grilled Applegate farms hot dogs, brown rice and salad
Wednesday 7/10
Me=salmon with small salad & DH=leftover meatballs, pasta, sauce from yesterday
Thursday 7/11
Quinoa and tomato sauce with garlic, mushrooms, summer squash.
Friday 7/12
Ground turkey buckwheat meatloaf with roasted potatoes, onions, beets
Saturday 7/13
Me=sauteed mushrooms DH=leftover potatoes, beets — with tomato sauce with added leftover turkey buckwheat meatloaf, farm green beans, farm zucchini

About My Healthy Budget

My healthy budget goal is to eat seasonal (local if possible,) home-cooked meals while sticking to a $400 monthly budget for all food including groceries, dining out, entertaining, vitamins/supplements, and gardening.

There’s two of us eating (mostly) 3 meals per day. DH occasionally eats take-out lunch at work, & that $ comes out of his personal cash stash.