"Mum there is nothing to eat!" A popular line my daily or hourly I should say, life. How can my pantry and fridge be empty after spending $300 on food?
Monday is my food shopping day. It works for me because it is the start of the week and I generally shop healthier when I am motivated to be good. Hence Mondays, the only day I feel that way. It also helps that I have Mondays at home so I can organise and prepare for the week and after shopping I have everything I need. With a trolley full to the brim and a receipt that could wind up to look like a roll of toilet paper, you would think I was set for a month! Don't even get me started on how many collector cards and now dominoes from Woolworths we store away. While my children's eyes are popping out of their heads with excitement, I am reminded how much money we just spent knowing the value of each card and the gigantic pile they are waving in the air at me from across the shops. Yes that's great children, just show everyone in the store how much we eat.
For 24 hours we have a bowl bursting with a variety of fruits, a snack tin that I can't put the lid on, a tetras game going on in the fridge and a pantry ready to create anything! Yet here I am days later popping into the shops to get grocery refills or ringing up for takeaway. Do we have another family hiding in our house? Not joking!
OK I will confess, a few of my extra food shopping trips and you all know what I'm about to say, are unnecessary! I admit to a couple of sneaky pop ins to buy some chocolate or a bag of chips I have been craving all week. In my defence though, it is better just to let me go so I am a much nicer mum and wife at home. By Saturday however, apart from the fact we have actually run out of food (unless I intend to invent a dish made out of all the canned food) I am ready for a weekend feast of quickest, easiest and tastiest. Most of which come from the 'sanity food group' I made up in a previous post.
Now I am probably sounding way worse than I really am. Oh don't get me wrong, my shopping bill loves to compete with the previous week and I am a complete sucker for a special. Well I better buy 5 packs of those in case they don't come on special again. Sound familiar? How do you go justifying that argument with your hubby? Cam's words to me "You are an advertisers dream". Advertisers.... you're welcome. I sit at my computer every Sunday afternoon and type out my food planner for the week (anal you say, probably right) create my shopping list and go through all my junk mail for bargains; usually nappies, dishwasher tablets, washing powder etc etc.
I try my best to keep us all eating healthy during the week. I live on Pinterest and follow many healthy Instagram healthy foodies. I'm definitely still learning about foods and what to cut down on for our family. Sugar free lovers and Paleo experts, you are amazing and to stick to those lifestyles I envy you. Me being as realistic as they come for my family, we do our best and get better every time. So from me, you won't get any specifics on special types of foods and lifestyles. I am a mum that cooks what my family will eat and make ONE meal for everyone. I prefer to make my own from scratch but will happily use a jar or a box from the freezer if my day calls for it. Monday to Friday we keep the sugar low, as natural as possible and make at least one meal I can spread over two nights. Eggs on toast usually makes it way in there as well. Saturday and Sunday it's leftovers and whatever you can find. If that doesn't work for us then our Thai and Pizza friends are always happy to receive our call!
Shopping done, sandwiches made for the week and tonight I will bake healthy choc chip cookies and some banana and raspberry muffins. SURELY that should get us through the week, but we will see! Make whatever you can work for you and your family. Take any tips from this blog that you need and feel free to email questions. I will start committing more to putting up easy and healthy recipes for you to use.
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