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So you’re trying to get kids to eat right!

You’re raising kids (or maybe helping with your grandkids)?  You and me both, my friend!  I’m raising four—two boys and two girls. They all have different personalities, interests, and temperaments. Your kids are “picky,” you say? I get that. I’ve got two kids like that. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I […]

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national study on grocery budgeting

How much does the average family spend on groceries?   Nationwide, according to the USDA, here it is:   Two adults: $361 thrifty / $459 low-cost / $569 moderate / $711 liberal   Two adults and 2 kids under 11: $603 thrifty / $779 low-cost / $974 moderate / $1,182 liberal   Spending for my […]

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Should GreenSmoothieGirls Like You Buy A Costco Membership?

My brother Spencer emailed our whole extended family about his scientific cost comparisons at Costco. Since I shop there and often recommend Costco membership to my readers, I thought I’d share with you what he learned, and my own thoughts on whether Costco membership is worth the price. Spencer and Heidi compared prices on 20 […]

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healthy options eating out

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: I know you make a green smoothie and take it to work in a quart jar.   But what about when you get up late, don’t have time, and you’re out in town and STARVING?   What do you eat?   Answer:   Here, locally (Utah County), my favorite thing to do is […]

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defending that my diet’s not all raw

I read the raw foodists all the time (Patenaude, Wolfe, Boutenko, and lots more).   I think their diet is fantastic.   Sometimes I go all raw, for a few days, weeks, or even months.   I wouldn’t criticize anybody for a minute who wants to do it permanently, as some of my friends do–they […]

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High-nutrition items’ price points . . . part 2 of 2

THINGS I BUY AT COSTCO:   $25.50 olive oil (two 2-ltr. Bottles) or $13 for 1.5 ltr. bottle of organic $11 34-oz. balsamic vinegar $7.50 for two jars of 28-oz. natural, organic peanut butter $5.70   giant box of Grape Nuts (64 oz.) (for emergency or traveling breakfasts)   THINGS I BUY OTHER PLACES:   […]

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High-nutrition items’ price points . . . part 1 of 2

I’ve been asked for a list of prices I pay for high-nutrition items you will want to buy regularly if you’re maximizing fresh produce and whole plant foods in your diet.   These are my “staples” that you’ll notice are rather different from what’s in most pantries (or long-term food storage).   Buying agave or […]

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What do YOU spend on groceries?

I have wondered this for years and was so interested and enlightened to learn, on a Yahoo group I belong to, what others spend on groceries in a month.   Only a handful answered the question, but the answers ranged widely, from $1,000/mo. for a family of 4, to $400/mo. for a family of 7. […]

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High-nutrition food storage

People in my community are dedicated to storing a year’s supply of food (myself included), and we are blessed to have many preparedness experts around us.   I struggled for years to achieve a food supply that we would actually eat, that wouldn’t go to waste because it’s so nutritionally inferior or has such a short […]

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raw sweet potatoes and Jamaican cheese

Costco has the coolest new item in produce: raw sweet-potatos, peeled and cut in  sticks.   Sweet potatoes are something you may not have eaten RAW before, but they’re crunchy, mild, and best of all, one of just a handful of foods that have all of the eight amino acids your body cannot manufacture on […]

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