When I buy food I tend to think of it’s cost compared to how filling it is. A sack of potatoes is cheap and it’s really filling, so it has a low cost per serving. An expensive type of lettuce would have a high cost per serving because it’s not very filling, so you need to eat more of it to fill up. But lately I’ve been trying to not think only about cost compared to how much it fills you up, but also cost per nutrition. Thinking this way is really helping me get the most bang for my buck nutrition-wise.
A perfect example is the other day when Cameron wanted to buy some juice that was priced over $6!! I’ve never spent that much on juice! But after thinking about it, it’s not as bad of a deal as it seems, because it’s a really healthy juice loaded with lots of different kinds of fruits and no high fructose corn syrup. It still cringe a little when I go to buy it, but I have to remind myself of all the vitamins that are in it, plus it’s a pretty strong juice so we usually water it down a little and that makes it go further. I could be spending money on soda, which has no good nutrition at all. Looking at soda or kool-aid with the cost per nutrition mindset, you’re getting zero nutrition for however much money you spend on it. I’m not
saying we’ll never buy soda or kool-aid, but we definitely will keep it to a minimum, because it’s not the best deal health-wise.
Since I have a tendency to be so cheap, I often pass up really healthy fruits and veggies because of the price. Now I’m trying to think about whether I want my grocery money going to some healthy fresh fruits or some junk food that offers little to no nutrition. And of course like I’ve talked about before there are plenty of healthy foods out there that aren’t expensive. Dry beans, raisins, bananas, oatmeal, brown rice, carrots and potatoes are all very low cost per nutrition, because they don’t cost a lot and you get a lot of nutrition out of all of them.