Eating Healthy On a Budget

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Feeding a family healthy, organic foods can sound expensive, but over the years I have learned how to feed my family the best foods possible without spending a ton of money. This post will share with you my favorite ways to eat healthy on a budget.

Yogi Mami’s Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget!

Thrive Market

Thrive is a new company that I am OBSESSED with! I couldn’t be happier about recently finding out about them. Think Whole Foods meets Costco. It has healthy, organic and non-GMO verified foods and I love their mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone! It requires a $60 yearly membership fee but the prices are 25-50% below retail and each paid membership will sponsor a free annual membership for a low-income family. That allows free access for an entire year to healthy, wholesome products at prices lower than their highly-processed, unhealthy alternatives. I love that it’s free shipping on orders over $49. And you can try it yourself now for your first month FREE and 15% off your first order if you click here to sign-up!

Farmer’s Market

I love visiting the different Farmer’s Markets around town and picking up ingredients for a SLO/Slow Food meal. SLO stands for Seasonal Local Organic and Slow food is the opposite of fast food. I love it because I can spend $20 and have enough food for two entire meals for my family with lots of leftovers! When you support local small businesses and farmers you are supporting the economy, you are helping a family. Click here to find a Farmers’ Market near you!

CSA

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal, local food directly from a farmer. Basically a farmer a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of fruit or vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share also known as a “membership” or a “subscription” and in return receive seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.   Click here to find a CSA near you!

Food Cooperative

A food cooperative or co-op is a food distribution outlet that is designed as an autonomous association of people who voluntarily cooperate for their mutual social, economic, and cultural benefit. The benefits of shopping at a Co-op is that decisions of the store are not made by outside shareholders but rather members that typically exhibit a higher degree of social and environmental responsibility than corporate alternatives. Because cooperation builds strong bonds between the people who use products and the people who supply them, co-ops offer a way to transform the way business is done. Co-ops give you the opportunity to get the products and services you need on a daily basis while strengthening the community around you. I have been a member of my Co-op for several years now and absolutely love it. The produce is fresh, organic and I know it’s local because it tells me the name and location of the farms it came from! I love that I am able to buy many of the items in bulk and the prices are lower than other health food stores. Click here to find a Coop near you.

Nearby Farmer’s

If you live in a more rural area with farms nearby you have the opportunity to get to know your farmer personally and take advantage of what they have to offer. Living in the city I don’t have access to farmers too close by but I try my best to find ones that are as local as possible. At the moment I order my grass-fed and pastured meats from here that ships across the US.

 

Do you have any other tips to add about eating healthy food on a budget?

 

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Our Food Safety is at Risk – Label GMOs

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Something very scary is going on and many people are unaware of it! A bill named the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014,” sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas. Unfortunately the name has been sugarcoated to seem that it would be created to protect consumers.  Despite its misleading name, this act would stop the GMO labeling movement that is gaining strength and popularity across the nation in its tracks. It is a horrible piece of legislation that I cannot even believe has been created and it is up to us to make sure it does not pass.

More aptly renamed the “Denying Americans the Right to Know Act,” or DARK Act, by organizations like the Center for Food Safety (CFS), this law would take away your right to know what is in your food. According to the CFS, DARK Act legislation would prevent states from adopting their own GMO food labeling laws, block states from outlawing the “natural” label from genetically engineered (GE) foods and prevent the FDA from requiring companies to label GE ingredients. Instead, we would continue with voluntary labeling, a practice most companies simply ignore.

This is a HUGE Problem!

The future of safe food is at risk. Don’t you have the right to know what is in the food your feed your family? This is a critical time to get involved otherwise our politicians may take a step closer to denying your right to know if your food is genetically engineered. Not only that, but since several states have already passed mandatory GMO labeling and others are moving towards trend in the near future, states will lose their right to have their own say about how food is labeled. The DARK Act is a serious conflict of interest with states’ rights.

GMO Foods have been associated with:

  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Infertility
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Cancer
  • Other Chronic Disease

Have you noticed the rising trend in these diseases in the last couple decades? It’s being linked to the changes in food, preservatives, additives and other chemicals that are added to our foods. Without food labeling we as consumers are denied the right to avoid these dangerous foods putting the health of the public at risk.

How can we prevent the DARK Act from succeeding? The hearing is being scheduled by the Health Subcommittee of the Energy & Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (PA), and takes please in two days. NOW is the time to make your voice heard. If your congressman or woman sits on this committee, call them and tell them that you support GMO labeling and have a right to know what’s in your food – ASAP! The following is the list of members who you can contact, their state and district number and their phone number:

Republicans: Phone:
Chairman: Joe Pitts (PA-26) 202-225-2411
Vice Chairman:
Michael Burgess, MD (TX)
 202-225-7772
Ed Whitfield (KY-1) 202-225-3115
John Shimkus (IL-15) 202-225-5271
Mike Rogers (MI-8) 202-225-4872
Tim Murphy (PA-18) 202-225-2301
Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) 202-225-2811
Phil Gingrey (GA-11) 202-225-2931
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5) 202-225-2006
Leonard Lance (NJ) 202-225-5361
Bill Cassidy (LA) 202-225-3901
Brett Guthrie (KY-2) 202-225-3501
Morgan Griffith (VA-9) 202-225-3861
Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) 202-225-5755
Renee Ellmers (NC-2) 202-225-4531
Joe Barton (TX-6) 202-225-2002
Fred Upton (MI-6) 202-225-3761
Democrats:
Ranking Member:
Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6)
202-225-4671
John D. Dingell (MI-12) 202-225-4071
Eliot L. Engel (NY-16) 202-225-2464
Lois Capps (CA-24) 202-225-3601
Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) 202-225-2111
Jim Matheson (UT-4) 202-225-3011
Gene Green (TX-29) 202-225-1688
G.K. Butterfield (NC-1) 202-225-3101
John Barrow (GA-12) 202-225-2823
Donna M. Christensen (VI) 202-225-1790
Kathy Castor (FL14) 202-225-3376
John Sarbanes (MD-3) 202-225-4016
Henry A. Waxman (CA-33) 202-225-3976

 

In addition, several Democratic senators are considering jumping aboard giving their support to this bill as well. Please call the following senators if they are in your state and tell them that you oppose this bill:

Al Franken, MN (202) 224-5641
Amy Kiobuchar, MN (202) 224-3244
Debbie Stabenow, MI (202) 224-4822
Carl Levin, MI (202) 224-6221
Richard Durbin, IL (202) 224-2152

 

We Need To Act NOW! Our Future Depends On It!

It is so scary to me that we have to fight for our rights to have our food labeled. This affects everyone and as a parent I owe it to my children to protect their future of food! I am asking everybody to unite and save our rights to food labeling. First Sign this petition, http://justlabelit.org/take-action/take-action-congress/ and share about it on Facebook! We need this to go viral and we have the power to do it! Next, call your representatives and tell them you oppose the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act!

What to Say:

Introduce yourself and say that you are a voter in their district or state. Do not say anything the safety of GMOs or anything health- or sickness-related (this is very important). Instead, tell them you oppose the “Safe & Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014,” and that you support the labeling of genetically engineered foods and the states’ right to make that choice. Ask them to join Peter DeFazio and 66 other co-sponsors to support the DeFazio bill, HR 1699, “the Genetically Engineered Right-to-Know Act” instead.

We need your help and we need you to hurry before our right – and individual state’s rights – to label GMOs is gone for good!

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Recipe Roundup

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Recipe Roundup

All good things come to an end, and Summer is no exception. The upside is that once the hot, lazy dog days are over its time to welcome spring with all things Pumpkin Spice! If you are anything like me its a great transition into seasons and something I look forward to.

Unfortunately, this week Food Babe dropped a huge BOMBSHELL on us Pumpkin Spice Latte lovers and called out Starbucks for their very unhealthy, cancer causing version that is a fan favorite. And while I believe that you cannot limit all toxins and the whole everything in moderation mentality, it’s very hard for me to feel good about indulging in something so toxic. Also, it pisses me off to no end that these companies knowingly serve these toxic concoctions to their customers all in the name of profit! Of course, I can’t simply turn my back on my favorite Fall flavor so instead I did what I do best which is to seek out healthy versions for all to enjoy!

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Alternatives

Pumpkin Pie Steamer by 20 Something Allergies

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte by Real Nutritious Living

Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Creamer by The Coconut Mama

Real Food Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer by Girl Meets Nourishment

Pumpkin Brownies and Almond Milk Gingerbread Latte

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie by Oh Lardy

Holiday Pumpkin Smoothie by Eat Naked Now

Other Healthy and Delicious Pumpkin Spice Recipes:

Learn how our ancestors prepared a pumpkin by Fostering Nutrition

Why use cans when Pumpkin Puree is one ingredient by Loula Natural

Immune Boosting Pumpkin Spice Mix by Loula Natural

Grain Free Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby by Savory Lotus

Dairy Free Banana Pumpkin Ice Cream by Real Food RN

Salty Sweet Crunchy Pumpkin Spiced Roasted Garbanzo Beans by Real Food RN

Pumpkin Pie Refrigerator Oatmeal by Real Food RN

Pumpkin Pie Chia Seed Pudding by Real Food RN

Baked Sweet Potato Pie Fries by Real Food Kosher

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Almonds by Real Nutritious Living

Paleo Pumpkin Spiced Muffins by Real Nutritious Living

Grain Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting by Girl Meets Nourishment

Low Carb Pumpkin Bagels by Beauty and The Foodie

Magical Paleo Pumpkin Crumble Bars by Beauty and The Foodie

Coconut Milk Pumpkin Ice Cream by The Coconut Mama

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins by Health Extremist

How to add pumpkin to a child’s diet by Green Mom’s Collective

Healthy Pumpkin Protein Oats by A Happy Healthnut

Paleo Gaps and SCD approved Pumpkin Biscuits by Eat Naked Now

Pumpkin Cream Cookies by Eat Naked Now

Simple Crock Pot Apple Pumpkin Butter by Mix Wellness

Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Pudding Shooters by A Happy Healthnut

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies by Holistic Squid

Superfood Pumpkin Spice Chocolate chip Cookies by Yogi Mami