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01-15-2007, 06:49 PM
My husband is wondering if anyone has ever done a cost analysis on raw foods. What food with high fat contents are the most cost effective. What foods for vitamins/minerals? I can barely even figure out how to word this! What greens are most cost effective? What nuts? What fruits? I mentioned the importance of variety and he agreed but hought it made sense to have rotating, cost-effective staples that you add a little variety each week. Whaddya think? :confused:
01-15-2007, 09:59 PM
Sometimes you can find strawberries on sale for 1.99 or even a pineapple for 2.99. That is pretty affordable.
Apples, oranges, pears, Banana's are cheap. Grapes aren't too bad depends!
I never buy organic.
Head lettuce, ready made salads for $3 can last 2-3 dinners. Onions come with a bunch full so its cheap and lasts long. Green peppers are the least expensive.
Sea salt and pepper is cheap
Basil, rosemary, garlic and etc..
Some more costly things that are a common ingredient for my self are:
01-16-2007, 11:29 AM
Bananas are by far the most cost efficient and nutrient dense. :-)
All the best,
01-16-2007, 06:55 PM
A 2lb bag of Kale can be bought at any SuperWalmart for $3.84 (great for green smoothies)
The nutritional value is high:
Vitamin A 200% Vitamin C 220%
Calcium 15% Iron 10%
Fiber 3g, 12%
01-16-2007, 08:40 PM
Organic kale at Whole Foods is cheaper than that! :p
01-16-2007, 10:42 PM
Ha! I was reading about bananas being the cheapest and nutrient-dense, and I was reflecting that here in Australia, they may still be nutrient-dense but sure AREN'T cost-effective. After some bad hurricane conditions, bananas have been about US$9.50 per kilo for the past year, and that isn't organic!!!!
I was just thinking about the expense of a raw food diet, though (i try to buy all organic), and it isn't going to be cheap! Here's an idea for people who are proactive and eat vegies as well as fruits.
I grow a lot of my fruit but was unhappy with how vegetables do in the heat here (we are having a bad drought). I decided to get serious about sprouting and found wonderful plans for an automatic sprouter on the web. I do not even need to look at it except to put new (organic) seeds in and take out plates-ful of sprouts everyday! Wheatgrass included! It grows much more than the Easygreen sprouter. www.eatsprouts.com
Not a cost-analysis, but I can tell you, the savings are immense.
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