How Much Produce???

grocery-storesI have been asked several times to share what and how much my family buys at the grocery store.  First, let me say it all depends on the size of the family…in my family it is myself, my husband, and my 2 kids (ages 6 and 3).  When I go to the grocery store I generally spend 90% of my time in the produce section and then I zoom down only a couple aisles for a few “additions”.  If you run into me at the grocery store-you would find in my cart the following:

(***This list is what we will go through in about a weeks time- some things may last longer like the apples, lemons and limes-also what I buy each week depends on sales- if something is cheap I will buy lots of it, but if it is priced too high I will not buy that item that week.***)

  • 2 packs of organic strawberries
  • 2 packs organic blueberries
  • 2 packs organic raspberries
  • 2 packs organic blackberries
  • 1-2 watermelons
  • 3 bags of organic apples
  • 2 bags each  of limes and lemons
  • 2-4 bags of grapefruits
  • 2-4 bags of juicing oranges
  • 1-2 melons
  • 4-10 mangos
  • 1 pineapple
  • 3-4 bunches of bananas
  • sometimes kiwi, grapes, plums or nectarines
  • 2 young thai coconuts
  • tomatoes for salsa
  • 3-4 seedless cucumbers
  • 3-4 avocados
  • peppers
  • sprouts
  • big container of organic spinach
  • 2 bags of romaine (I don’t purchase this in summer because I have so much in my garden)
  • 1 bag organic carrots
  • 1 bag of organic celery

We usually have most of this eaten before it goes bad, however I have found a moldy apple, lemon or cut into a melon that was not good.  My biggest pet peeve is when I open the berries and there is mold….yuck-what a waste!!  If I notice that something is going bad I will juice it, throw it into a smoothie, or peel/cut it and place it into the freezer for a smoothie later.  The biggest complaint I hear is that fruits/veggies don’t stay good long enough.  The reason is because we are dealing with living food that has enzymes in it that will eventually break down that food –otherwise known as rotting.  I will guarantee a TWINKIE won’t do that!!!  You could take a Twinkie out of the wrapper and place it under your bed…leave it there for 6 months…when you check it no insect or bacteria will have touched it…it will look good enough to eat!!!  Try that with a fruit or veggie and your room will smell terrible!!!  This is the difference between food that is alive and food that is dead.

When I first began buying fruits/veggies for my family we purchased so much less!!!  I would buy a bunch of bananas and 1 bag of apples!!!  I learned what my family could consume and would offer fruits so often that now we have significantly increased how much we buy.  When you are shopping for your family you will have to go through trial and error, sometimes buying too little and sometimes buying too much.  Start packing fruit into lunches or adding them to the plate with dinner, make smoothies for breakfasts or snacks, or take fruit in the car with you for the errand running.   Anytime is a good time for fruits!!!!

There is a down side to all of this….when I check out at the grocery store the cashiers get flustered at all of the weighing and code entering they have to do-plus it takes longer to check out.  Also, I get some strange looks, lots of questions and sometimes weird comments.  I once had a lady literally turn around and stick her head in my cart and ask what I was going to do with all of THAT!!

So if you are wondering how much to buy, it really is a personal decision that is based on what your family can consume.  Each week buy a little more fruit and a little less junk.  I expect that in a few years I may need to double what I currently buy!!!  LOL

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