“Why, yes, I am cheap and easy…”

Although I’m a non-cooking Diva, I still have to feed two hungry guys in my household. So, what to do? 

I was on a great Food Blog Forum  earlier this week following a discussion about why so many people do not eat healthily.  Time and money seemed to be the main sticking points. The perception is that we’re just too busy to cook something healthy and that good food costs more than the regular McDonald’s fare.  Well, since my husband is a bit of a health fanatic (Translation: McDonald’s isn’t served often at our house!) I have to be a bit creative… which actually means I don’t have to be creative at all…I’ve already discovered the obvious secret for a non-cooking Diva to be healthy!

Every weekend, I head to the Maitland Farmer’s Market and I make the rounds for some fruits and vegetables.  I look for a variety of colors–reds, oranges, greens, yellows–and things that I know my son might actually consume. Some of my regular purchases include:

  • Baby bell peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Seedless grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Snow peas
  • Bananas
  • Clementines
  • Mangoes

Only every once in a while will I sneak something new and exotic in, such as Starfruit or Papaya.  All of these foods are regularly available at my farmer’s market or at the local grocery store and don’t cost very much.  For example, I spent $22 this morning on all of my weekly produce. (So, that defeats the “eating healthy costs more” argument.)

Once home, I take 10 minutes to wash some selected fruits and veggies (defeating the “time” argument) and then display them on a set of plates.  This is the key, I think, making the display look attractive… for some reason it really does make my son more apt to eat.  One set out, my hubby and son are told the plates need to be empty by sundown.  And so, they munch all day long, grabbing a few grapes as they pass by or taking a handful of cucumber slices as they plop in front of the T.V. 

I usually include one bowl of snack food, such as some kettle corn I got from the market this morning.  This gives us a little something yummy along with the healthy, and this subliminally equates fruits and veggies as being equally desirable as other snacks. (Gotta be sneaky, right?)

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The nicest thing about this method is that I don’t stress over my son having to eat his vegetables at dinnertime, because he has already met his needs.  This makes mealtime a really enjoyable time, rather than one of arguments over what to eat. 

On Sunday nights, I will go ahead and wash the rest of the fruit and veggies, put them some storage containers so they are easily whipped out after school to munch on the rest of the week.

So, there you go…this Diva’s secret to healthy eating, cheap and easy!

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4 responses to ““Why, yes, I am cheap and easy…”

  1. Lola Duckworth

    I LIKE it! I’m happy to read your smart ideas, Bess!

  2. What a great idea! I agree that arranging your fruit is an easy step toward getting people to want to eat it. Some of our favorite meals have been tons of fresh fruit with cheese and bread. Simple, cheap, and satisfying.

  3. Hi! I just saw you started following me on Twitter so I though I’d pop by!

    I think people *think* eating healthy takes more time and costs more. When really it doesn’t take any longer than driving to a fast food joint and driving back home to eat it.

    I love cooking (and baking which isn’t really “healthy”, but you need some variety), but where it CAN get expensive is if you’re not used to grocery shopping and you end up buying more food than you can consume before it goes bad. That, I think, is where people get frustrated…that and when recipes don’t turn out well.

  4. I love FBF and yes, time + money are things that get in the way. I don’t think it’s “overall time” for most people – it’s “oh no – it’s 7pm and we haven’t eaten!” time. It’s school out at 3, kids homework til 4, sports game with 1 kid from 4-5, other kid 5-6, home, kid showers, then ohmygod it’s 7pm and nobody has had dinner yet. Um um .. CALL PIZZA HUT! haha

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