What Foods I Splurge On
|April 29, 2013||Posted by under Groceries|
When on a budget, you have to make some decisions as to what’s important to you and what isn’t. Food and health is a number 1 priority for us. Some people might say we spend a lot on good quality foods, but we also forgo a lot of frivolous things in order to do this – because it’s important.
Here are a few items I will not compromise on because I want the quality and can not get these items cheaply.
COFFEE: It’s no secret that I love my coffee. Obsessed is more like it. I only buy the good stuff and it’s usually locally roasted. That being said, just because it’s locally roasted it doesn’t mean it’s good. There are 20+ local coffee roasters in the city but I only love a few of them. Here is one of my favorites. Pilot Coffee Roasters ($13/12oz)
CHOCOLATE: I love good chocolate almost as much as I love good coffee. There are several places I love to purchase my chocolate. There are many wonderful chocolatiers around the city but there is one close to the loft (I can walk there in about 15mins) called STUBBE.
As I mentioned in one of my videos, I can no longer eat regular chocolate because it just tastes like sugar to me now! Yuck. Real dark chocolate (70%+) sweetened with some cane sugar is actually quite good for you, you only need a square or two to be satisfied as well. We don’t eat desserts, usually this is what we eat when we want sweets after dinner. I also purchase my chocolate chips from them ($5 for 250gr) for when I bake.
ORGANIC FRUIT AND VEGETABLE BIN (with add ons!): As I mentioned in an earlier post, I splurge every two weeks on this lovely assortment of organic fruits and vegetables. It gets delivered right to our door every second Thursday. Buying organic and/or local produce is VERY important to me. The regular fruits and veggies box cost $35 and we usually add on some local tofu to our order. Last week, I added on some local organic eggs (my partner eats them) and local spelt flour on top of our order. Sure, if I were to buy the same produce (but not local or organic) at a local independent cheap fruit/veggie store I could spend a third of what this costs but the extra money is worth it to me. Good food should be a priority and you do get A LOT more nutrients out of produce that is local/seasonal and also from produce that has not traveled too far. They also offer a smaller $25 bin but we eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables so the regular bin is better for us. I buy this from Mama Earth Organics.
RAW LOCAL HONEY AND APPLE BUTTER: Not all vegans eat honey but I do if it comes from hobbyists such as the Urban Bee Keepers. The honey you see below is from a hive in one of the neighbourhoods in my city. Did you know that one hive can produce 40lbs of honey!? The one who owns and controls that hive actually lives down the street from me so it’s easy for me to buy it, I go to his house. I definitely pay more for this honey but it tastes better and the bees are taken care of because there is only one hive and these guys love bees! Also, there are many health benefits to purchasing Local Raw Honey. CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT IT.
Those of you who have seasonal allergies should look into eating raw local honey if you want to stop taking anti-histamines.
I also buy local organic apple butter for $8 or $6 for a smaller tub if I can get to the farmer’s market. What I love about the apple butters I purchase is that none of them have added sugar, only fruit! It’s so yummy.
Other items we splurge on: Organic Local Butter (My partner loves butter. and I‘ve stopped eating any form of margarine, even Earth Balance which is not good for you – don’t eat margarine, WHATEVER you do. But soon, I’ll be making my own VEGAN BUTTER), Real maple syrup (As a Quebecker, I refuse to buy that nasty sugar syrup, no one needs that stuff), Local Preserves, Organic Salad Dressings (chemical preservative free), Local and/or Organic Condiments (Ketchup, Salsa, Mustard…), Organic Non-GMO Popcorn (not letting Monsanto feed me, nope)