Simple Fruit Salad and How to Save Some Bucks

 

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I feel like this week has been one of those weeks that I’ve been running around doing a bunch of stuff, but not actually doing anything.  Do you have those days?  Probably not weeks huh.  Well, don’t judge.  All of my kids are alive and my house doesn’t meet the hoarder standards, so there.

This is the easiest recipe ever.  I know people like to say that, but this is for real.  It’s fruit with lime and mint.  The lime gives it that extra fancy flavor without taking up all of your time.  I wanted to post this today because it leads into what I feel like chatting about.  Money.  This recipe was born because I had to bring food to a bible study and I had no money.  I bought the cheapest fruit they had in the store that day. 

A couple of you have asked how to eat Paleo on a budget.  Let me start by saying that healthy food is expensive.  There’s really no way to get around that except make it a priority and change your mindset.  It’s not as expensive as the medical bills when you jack yourself up from eating a lot of crap.  Just saying.

There are however, ways to help cut some of those costs. 

  • I determine what I am going to cook by what is on sale.  It sounds simple enough, but I know I used to meal plan, then go to the store and buy those things.  Now, I go to the store, buy the produce and meat that is on sale, then go home and have fun with what I have.  I’m using the word meal plan because I’m getting fancy again, when really I eat a salad everyday for lunch and meat and veggies for dinner.  

 

  • You’ve all done some Paleo research by now and you know that you should be eating grass-fed beef, pastured pork and free range chicken and eggs.  Well, my advice is if you don’t have those things, don’t let it stop you from eating this way.  However, always be on the lookout.  I’m finding more and more in regular grocery stores and Costco is kind of becoming a rock star when it comes to carrying good stuff.  If you can’t afford it every time, then do it every other.  You get my drift.

 

  • Look at other ways besides the grocery store to buy the meat.  Google farms in your area and ask around.  People are raising animals.  You will come out much cheaper buying in bulk than by the pound.  I will say this does take time, but when you do find something affordable it will make your day!  You will be bragging about your beef in the freezer too!  And man does it taste better.

 

  • Compare your grocery stores.  I know that also sounds too simple but if you open your eyes you will be surprised.  Just because it is at Costco in bulk, that does not mean it is cheaper. 

 

  • My last little two cents.  Do not throw away food unless it will make you die.  Eat those leftovers.  Eat them as breakfast or snack or whatever.  My dear hubby knows, if there is already cooked food in the fridge we are eating it.  It hurts me to throw away stuff I worked so hard to get my hands on.

Hopefully this helps.  I’m sure some of you are made of money, but me not so much. 

Any other tips you guys can share with me?

Simple Fruit Salad
Budget friendly Paleo fruit salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 lbs. red seedless grapes, halved
  2. 1 fresh pineapple cubed
  3. 1 cantaloupe cubed
  4. handful of mint leaves julienned
  5. Juice of two limes
Instructions
  1. Add all fruit to a large bowl.
  2. Squeeze lime juice over fruit and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Fold in mint leaves.
  4. Garnish with whole mint leaves (optional)
Notes
  1. Any fruit could be substituted.
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