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Project Green Foot- Week 36

I will get this out of the way now since I am being honest about our spending. I got a Blendtec. I have been eyeing them for over a year and a half, ever since I began eating raw. At that time, we decided to invest in a juicer and dehydrator because I already had a food processor. I never realized what the big deal of a high powered blender was. Now I do.

The biggest reason for purchasing one now opposed to waiting was the fact that we are leaving the beautiful USA, and things are more expensive back in Canada. Don’t get me started on the taxes and shipping costs. One way or another, I was getting one. So we decided to buy now to save money later! And it was my birthday and Mother’s Day gift! Perfect.

We had a quiet Mother’s Day just the way I wanted it. I slept, received two awesome e-cards, we made fresh organic juices and smoothies in the morning, we took a walk to Spiral Diner for lunch where little E was a doll, and came home to relax and spend time together. And made more smoothies in the Blendtec. Can you tell we are loving this amazing machine?

1-PURCHASES

Farmers market (all grown in Texas)

  • 6 small cucumbers
  • 20 large cucumbers
  • 4 extra large baskets of strawberries
  • 4 cartons of medium tomatoes
  • 4 red peppers
  • 15 super large carrots- I mean gigantic
  • 10 oranges
  • 10 apples
  • 5 pears
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • 1 small carton of peas
  • 1large bunch of spinach
  • 2 cartons of eggs

Sub-Total: 85.00

Whole Foods

Bulk

  • 2 bunches of celery
  • Bananas (2.69 lbs)
  • 1 fair-trade pineapple
  • 3 fair-trade mangos
  • Cashews (2 lbs)
  • 1 small loaf of organic bread

Non-Bulk

  • Bathroom tissue
  • Dish soap (I am hoping to make my own when I am back home using this recipe from My Green Healthy Family)
  • 3 cartons of coconut milk
  • 1 package of tempeh
  • 2 glass bottles of vanilla flavor
  • 2 boxes of baking soda
  • 1 paper bag of organic tortillas

Sub-total: 10.95 (because of gift cards!)

Other

Non-Food items

  • Blendtec 650.20

Restaurants

  • Wednesday: J.P and I had Chipotle. 13.53
  • Saturday: We had Chipotle for lunch. 13.53
  • Sunday: We went to Spiral Diner (all vegan/organic) for a Mother’s Day lunch 40.00

Sub-Total: 67.06

Total: 813.71

2-COMPOSTING

I was a juice and smoothie monster this past week. However, I was addicted to green juices and smoothies- mainly cucumber, celery, and spinach juice with a splash of ginger and orange, mango, pineapple and spinach smoothies. I found myself making more smoothies than usual, thus creating less compost. This is a good thing.

My compost anxiety is finally gone. I was stressed thinking about where we were going to compost once we got home. I know it may be weird, but I have compost on the mind all the time. Well, my sister and brother in law just set up a nice composting station at their place and we are welcome to us it. Stress is gone!

The total weight of our compost was 18 lbs.

3-RECYCLING
I am proud to say that we have reduced our recycling by a significant amount, but since the Blendtec was welcomed into the family this past week, we had a few extras to recycle. Also, we began packing on Saturday and found paper and random things to recycle.

4-TRASH
We had some trash this past week. Just the usual suspects- receipts, pieces of plastic from my Kombucha bottles, and a few random pieces of plastic. Probably next week I will post a picture of our ONE trash can. The last 36 weeks have gone by so fast, and I can’t believe we are going back home already!!

5-TRAVEL
This week, we drove to the little gym, the farmers market, Whole Foods, Arlington two times for little E’s daycare, Dallas and we did some local driving to Chipotle and Spiral Diner! I am exhausted thinking about all that driving

The total distance traveled on the TDI was  432.2 km (268 mi) and we filled up about 37.9 L (10 gals) for 40.00, and we still have fuel in the car right now!

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  1. I think every healthy kitchen should have a Vita-Mix or Blendtec (if possible), and you doubly need one if you are raw/high raw. Enjoy!

  2. Just read your post, I have recently gotten back into to raw foods after a 20 year absence. I bought a Ninja which is pretty good for anything except making protein bars, with the dried fruit, nuts etc. it does okay but I decided to save up for the Vita or Blentec. As i have decided to get serious about this way of life again. love your posts.

  3. Blendtec=Great purchase! We bought a Vitamix a few months back and couldn’t be happier. I love that my kids eat up avocado spinach “ice cream”! Best investment yet!

  4. In my opinion, one needs the right tools for the job … so good for you! If it helps with eating healthy well … it’s already paid for itself. Oh the delicious meals you’ll be able to whip up! 🙂

    • You can do anything with this monster. I know it is expensive but it will last a lifetime! The warranty itself is 7 years! Such a good investment. Now I have creamy smoothies- not lumpy kinda creamy! 🙂

  5. Found you from the MMM Hop! Wow that is one expensive blender! Wish I could get it. Have to settle for my Cuisinart for now.

    • We can afford this because we don’t buy anything except food, which can be expensive since we buy organic and local. We have not bought clothing in almost a year. We never bought a crib for my daughter, she sleeps in a second hand “pack and play” and our bed etc. We cut out things so we can put our health at the top of the list, and buy this monster blender! SOme gals want diamonds I wanted a Blendtec! lol 🙂

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