Just a quick note…
Back when I was much younger and getting out on my own, I did probably like most and shopped at Aldi. For the first time in 15 years, I tried it again. And whoa, was I freaking out! They still have some of the old familiar things, like a quarter for a cart, and find a box to put your purchases in. But now they have their own organic brand and the prices are crazy low! People were probably starring as I blurted out about the “low prices” and “organic” but, I was so thrilled! This exciting re-visit is going to be pivitol in our extreme budget organic journey.
Where do I begin…
Well, I’m of the belief that there are a ton of families out there just like ours…living on a budget with young children. I truly believe that even on an extreme budget, we can feed our children quality (even fancy) meals. I’m also one of these people who thinks a lot of today’s diseases are linked, in a large part, to the bad things we are putting in our bodies. So, we Mullins’ try to be as organic and non-GMO as possible.
I think there are so many people that just haven’t thought about it. To be honest, I was one of those people. I just didn’t know. Then Ryan showed me an article he came across and I started reading. It made perfect since to me. Our grandparents and their parents didn’t have the massive variety of processed food we have today. And I really don’t think cancer was as prevelant then. In my research, I was shocked at the ingredients that are allowed into these pre-packaged foods and their known side effects. It really was a slap in the face for me. I’m really not sure how this is allowed. Many of these known carcinogenic ingredients are banned in other countries. So, I started looking at labels…and threw out most of the items in my cabinets. I can remember going to the store with my long list of “bad ingredients to look for” and how long it took me to shop as I went through reading all the labels. Whoa, that was heavy. Fast forward to today. It is catching and there are more and more organic/ non-GMO foods at the store all the time!
Since there are so many families like ours…I want to show you what IS possible. You don’t have to buy that processed stuff. And yes, actually cooking does take some time but it is time you can involve your kids. My kids love helping in the kitchen now. And I’ll tell you a little secret…if they help cook it, they are more interested in eating it. We all have experienced the picky eater.
Ok, now when I say extreme budget, I’m talking about $135.00/week for a family of 5. I’m sure your saying there’s no way you can feed a family of 5 an organic/ non-GMO menu for a week. Well first, contrary to popular belief, organic doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. It just takes a bit of planning and searching. And I would love to say that we are completely extreme and don’t eat anything else but the good stuff but, sometimes we just have to search for foods that don’t have the really really bad stuff in them. We’re just trying to do the best with what we’ve got. Second, this budget is new for us as of this month (September 2016). So, we’ll all see together if we can do this. Luckily for my oldest two kids, they are in a great Elementary school that offers a lot of locally grown fruits and veggies and they also cook most everything in house.
So our main focus is going to start with dinners and then we’ll add in breakfasts for those school going growing minds. I’m going to plan on 5 meals a week, which includes our Saturday evening campfire cookouts. We will have leftovers one night and the last night Grandma usually cooks us something yummy for us. Let’s see what we can do. It’ll be an adventure but I believe we can do it.
Here’s a link to one list I’ve used for toxic food ingredients to look out for. http://mphprogramslist.com/50-jawdroppingly-toxic-food-additives-to-avoid/