Like the title says, this article is a good read on eating healthy and organic for $7 a day, $200 a month.  Some interesting price comparisons are listed toward the bottom.  Also, there is a great weekly meal planner based on eating healthy for $7 a day.  The really cool thing this article is demonstrating is that you can eat whole, healthy, organic foods for cheap!

This comes to us from MSN.com Health and Fitness and is written by Jean Weiss

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We’ve all heard the joke: Whole Foods, whole paycheck. The humor seems exaggerated, until you shop there or at some other natural foods market. Before you know it you’ve spent $70 or more when all you were after was Fair Trade coffee, a fresh baguette and a few excellent cheeses.

Sound familiar? One man recently admitted it costs him $800 a month to purchase his groceries from Whole Foods, and he’s only buying for himself, his girlfriend and an average-sized dog that he feeds like a human. That’s $200 a week—between $28 and $29 a day for a man, a woman and one satisfied pet. Who can afford that?

Well, plenty of people are trying to. According to recent statistics from The Hartman Group, a Bellevue, Wash.-based market research firm,  73 percent of the U.S. population consumes organic food and beverages at least some of the time. What’s more, the Hartman research shows that it’s not just the stereotypical highly-educated, high-income, Caucasian female who buys organic. African Americans, Asian Americans and Latino Americans are a fast-growing segment of organic consumers, according to Blaine Becker, the firm’s director of marketing and communications.

In fact, almost as many households with an annual income of less than $50,000 are buying organic foods, as are households with incomes higher than $50,000. This means that people who earn less are still choosing more expensive organic products.

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Comment by Megan
2007-02-27 21:59:27

Very interesting from a couple of perspectives- both in the kinds of food available at various prices and also the quantity eaten each day. It would be interesting to do this experiment based on a diet with a slightly higher caloric intake and see where it comes out.

Comment by eric Subscribed to comments via email
2007-02-28 09:52:18

What kinds of foods are you thinking? That may be a good idea to research.

Comment by Megan
2007-02-28 14:11:05

Just thinking that we’re usually good about making a list and buying for 2 or so weeks at a time. I would be interested in seeing where we really end up- since I don’t think rice, beans and veggies will make it into our breakfasts any time soon and we may eat more than these menus especially when we’re training. I am curious to see where it comes out!

 
 
 
Comment by Shree
2007-02-28 20:56:09

We are Indian vegetarians and my wife cooks most of our food daily.. She shops for about $25-30 which give us about 2 weeks worth of home cooked food. Of course that excludes all the other junk food we need to buy to keep the kids happy. What we noticed is the biggest $ items in our grocery shooping are the fruits…

Having moved from NY area, a city of good food, we’ve basically given up eaing out here in SD due to lack of any good food. The only restuarant we really enjoy is Soup Plantation for some wholesome good & healthy food… $8-9 buys a good meal there..

We’ve to try some of the suggestions in this article, thanks for sharing it.

Shree

 
Comment by eric Subscribed to comments via email
2007-02-28 23:08:38

Thanks for the comment Shree! Although San Diego can be a little lacking on the food scene, there are a few places that are pretty good. Nothing like NY or anything….but my favorite here is “Spread” in North Park. It’s not cheap, but the food is delicious and unique.

Where do you shop for fruits? The farmer’s markets are really good around here and pretty cheap. If you click on the ‘resources’ page on this site, there is a list of farmer’s markets. I think it’s a great way to spend a Sunday morning (after a run).

Take care and keep posting! :)

 
Comment by Meg
2007-03-09 05:20:40

There is also Sipz Fusion Cafe in Kearny Mesa!

 
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