I am frequently asked how long does the food we purchase on a weekly basis last? In general, the produce gets eaten within a week with some stragglers that need to be eaten the following week. Since we juice and drink smoothies daily and eat lots of fresh produce it is not difficult to consume all the fruits and veggies in a week. However, when it comes to nuts, seeds, dates, and raisins we purchase in bulk, and they usually last a month, give or take a few days
I do not like to waste food, so if I see that a veggie or fruit is not going to last much longer, I make sure to juice or make a smoothie with it. Our diet consists of mostly fruit, veggies, nuts, and seeds. The supporting cast comprises of dates and raisins for some sweetness, and on occasion organic tempeh, beans, legumes, lentils, rice and some oils, usually coconut or sunflower seed. I do not cook with oil, but we do like to have popcorn from time to time and use sunflower seed oil. Coconut oil sadly doesn’t taste very good on popcorn- we have tried.
With our move back home to Montreal in 5 weeks, our food bill will be going up once we get back home. Produce in Quebec tends to be more expensive with most of it coming from the USA. Fruits and veggies do grow in the Spring and Summer months, but not much in the Winter.
How much produce does your family consume in a week? or just food in general?
Farmers market (all grown in Texas)
- 30 small cucumbers
- 2 cartons of strawberries
- 3 cartons of small tomatoes
- 10 large tomatoes
- 4 green peppers
- 15 super large carrots- I mean gigantic
- 1 large bunch of spinach
- 10 oranges
- 10 apples
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 4 large sweet potatoes
- 1 bunch of celery
- 4 bunches of bananas (9.69 lbs)
- 3 Californian grown avocados
- 1 bunch of Texan grown green dandelions
- Californian grown dates
- 3 glass bottles of kombucha
- Coconut oil– fair trade in a glass jar
- Flax seed oil in plastic bottle – does anyone know of a company that sells in a glass bottle?
- UDOS DHA blend in glass bottle
- Vanilla flavor in glass jar
- Almond flavor in glass jar
- Monday: We decided to go out for dinner since it was J.P’s parents last evening in Texas. They were kind enough to treated us to pizza. Thanks, Granny and Grandpa! 0$
- Wednesday: J.P had his weekly lunch at Chipotle. 10.07
- Saturday: We went to Chipote for lunch 16.24
I was a “juice” monster this past week again, juicing everything in site. I was mostly making celery, cucumber, apple, orange, and ginger juice. So refreshing. I felt so full of energy all day long while sipping my juice. On the downside this creates a large amount of compost and we do not have a lot of room in our apartment. I am looking forward to the day when we have our own compost pile in the backyard and do not have to worry about where to put our food scraps.
The total weight of our compost was 21.5 lbs.
Again this week, we surprisingly did not have a lot of recycling. Our recycling bin seems to be a lot less full than previous weeks. I am still trying to reduce our recycling by not purchasing items prepackaged.
We didn’t do as well as previous weeks when it came to our trash. By all means, we didn’t have a lot of trash- just more than our usual. As of now we have one small trash can of garbage, and in the next few weeks I will post a picture seeing as we are moving back home to Montreal. I am not lugging my trash with me from Texas.
Our garbage this week comprised of the usual suspects: receipts, pieces of plastic from my Kombucha bottles, plastic tape and many random pieces of plastic.
This week, we drove to the little gym, the airport to drop J.P’s parents off, the farmers market, Whole Foods, Arlington two times for little E’s daycare, the recycling plant and we did some local driving to Chipotle and Firestone Pies.
The total distance traveled on the TDI was 430 km ( 267 mi) and we did not need to fill up this past week.
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