Healthy living South Africa

This is what I got for R320 (+-$32) last Sunday from Pick ‘n Pay supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa.

Healthy grocery shopping South Africa

4 papaya
1 Kg apples
400 g strawberries
1 lemon
1 Queen pineapple
1 Kg naartjies / tangerines
5 bananas
250 g mini Italian tomatoes
2 avocados
1 English cucumber
broccoli
1 Kg carrots
30 g fresh basil
30 g fresh mint
100 ml dried thyme
1 l plain full-cream yogurt
130 g rice cakes
200 g carob powder
400 g tahini sesame butter

This is what my weekly grocery looked like. This provides 6-7 breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. Nothing goes to waste!

This is what I generally keep at home.

How do you manage your shopping?

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Healthy lunchbox

I got a new job about 6 weeks ago. I’d worked from home before. I’m on a tight budget. I want to eat healthy. The solution: Take a packed lunch to work.

I wanted something healthy, filling, substantial, affordable, easy and quick to make and eat, not funny-smelling, something gluten-free, and something that doesn’t need to be heated up in the microwave.

This is my unique solution: Substantial lunchbox salad (600g)

Healthy lunchbox ingredients

Healthy lunchbox ingredients

Ingredients (seasonal)

    • carrots
    • pineapple
    • a tangerine/naartjie, seeds removed
    • apple
    • cucumber
    • strawberry
    • lemon
    • fresh basil
    • fresh mint
    • 1/4 cup gluten-free raw, rolled oats
    • a handful of raisins and currants
    • 1 Tablespoon of desiccated coconut
    • 1 Tablespoon seed mix (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, linseeds/flax seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds)
    • cinnamon

Method

Healthy lunchbox ingredients in the 'chopper'

Healthy lunchbox ingredients in the ‘chopper’

Put the fruit, vegetables, and herbs in the chopper part of a blender / food processor. Chop for a few seconds to desired texture.

Healthy lunchbox ingredients, chopped

Healthy lunchbox ingredients, chopped

Add the dried fruit, oats, coconut, and cinnamon.

Healthy lunchbox plus additions

Healthy lunchbox plus additions

Mix in to combine with a spoon.

Healthy lunchbox, mixed

Healthy lunchbox, mixed

Pack into a lunchbox.

healthy lunchbox ready

Healthy lunchbox, ready

Make it the evening before and store it in the fridge overnight.

Seeds and raw oats become more digestible when they soak in the juice of the fruit from the salad overnight.

This makes 600 grams. That’s pretty substantial!

Do you have any other suggestions for me?

What do you have for lunch at work?

Healthy living in South Africa

Here’s what I got for R210 (+-$21) at Pick ‘n Pay Supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa.

This will make 6-7 breakfasts, lunches, and dinner, as well as snacks. Nothing goes to waste!

healthy grocery shopping in South Africa

400 g strawberries
4 papaya
1 Queen pineapple
5 bananas
1 Kg Pink Lady apples
1 Kg naartjies / tangerines
1 avocado
1 English cucumber
250 g mini Italian tomatoes
cauliflower and broccoli
1 Kg carrots
30 g fresh mint
30 g fresh Basil
500 g white mushrooms
200 g desiccated coconut

Here’s other stuff what I generally keep at home.

What does your weekly grocery shopping haul look like?

Living healthy in South Africa

This is what I got for R260 / +-$26 from Pick ‘n Pay Supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa.

healthy living South Africa

400g strawberries
3 papaya
1Kg apples
1 Queen pineapple
1Kg naartjies/tangerines
6 x bananas
250g mini Italian tomatoes
1Kg rolled oats
6 Xl free-range eggs
2 x 165ml coconut milk
cauliflower & broccoli
1Kg carrot
English mustard powder

Healthy grocery shopping South Africa

Here’s what I got for R380 (+- $38) from Pick ‘n Pay Supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa.

healthy grocery shopping South Africa

800g Macadamia, Brazil nuts, cashews, large, plain
500g linseed/flax seeds
250g poppy seeds
2 x 165ml coconut milk
400g strawberries
1Kg apples
3 papayas
1 Queen pineapple
5 bananas
1 English cucumber
1Kg naartjies/tangerines
250g mini Italian tomatoes
30g fresh basil
30g fresh mint
400g green beans
1Kg carrots
500g popcorn kernels

= 6-7 breakfasts, 5 packed lunches, 1-2 lunches, and 6-7 dinners.

Healthy grocery shopping

Here’s what I got for +- R230 ($23) at Pick ‘n Pay Supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa.

2014.07.27 healthy grocery shopping South Africa

150 g Brazil nuts, macadamias, and pecan nuts

3 x 165 ml coconut milk

200 g Medjool dates

250 g currants

half tray naartjies / tangerines

1 Kg apples

3 papaya

5 bananas

2 avocados

1 queen pineapple

250 g mini Italian tomatoes

1 Kg carrots

Hooray for healthy shopping!

It starts in the cart

I’ve been quiet, I know…

Here’s my Sunday shop: R330 (+-$30) healthy food from Pick ‘n Pay Supermarket, Cape Town, South Africa.

I should add that each post in this series represents the food that I eat in a week. I don’t let anything go to waste. I always get 6-7 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and snacks. To anyone that says ‘eating healthy’ is expensive, I beg to differ.

I’m doing this series as a visual representation to myself. I’ve recently started a full-time job, and I thought it would be hard to keep up, but I’m managing! Kudos to anyone working and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and even more to anyone also supporting and caring for a family!

2014.07.20 healthy grocery shopping South Africa

100g raw almonds
100g raw walnuts
100g hazel nuts
100g Brazil nuts, cashews
1 Queen pineapple
1Kg pink lady apples
3 papayas
1Kg Avocado
5 bananas
half tray tangerines/naartjies
500g seedless raisins
250g cherry tomatoes
30g mint
1Kg carrots
cauliflower and broccoli
250g mushrooms
1Kg rolled oats

What does your weekly grocery spend look like?

This is what I got last time.
This is what I generally keep in stock at home.

It starts in the cart

This is what I got for R360 (+-$36) at Pick ‘n Pay Supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa.

2014.07.13 healthy grocery shopping South Africa

100g Hazel nuts
100g Walnuts
100g almonds
150g cashews, Pecans, Brazil nuts
Sushi
6 XL free range eggs
40g Ground cinnamon refill
500g pea flour
130g rice cakes
half tray of naartjies / tangerines
3 papayas
3 avocados
1Kg Pink Lady apples
5 bananas
1 cucumber
250g tomatoes
400g green beans
250g mushrooms
cauliflower & broccoli

This
is what I got last time.
Here, you can see what I generally keep in my kitchen.

How do you manage your grocery shopping?

Natural salad dressing

Several years ago I remember buying bottled salad dressings that I found in the condiments aisle. I barely even go down that aisle these days and I can’t see myself ever putting a bottle of salad dressing in my basket again.

It just makes so much sense to make my own. I started making ‘chop chop salads’ salad last year, and I would add oil, apple cider vinegar, and every spice in my spice rack before eating my salad. Dressing my salad took as long as making it, which brought me to the idea of making my own salad dressing out of the ingredients I was already using.

Ingredients

Fresh ginger
Fresh garlic (I used 2 cloves)
Fresh parsley (+-30g)
Fresh mint (+-30g)
Flax seed oil / linseed oil (+-125ml) (this oil is high in Omega 3)
Apple cider vinegar (+-125ml) (this is an alkaline/alkalising vinegar)
Turmeric
Coriander
Cumin
Paprika
Black pepper
Nutmeg
Cinnamon
Dried mixed herbs

Method

  • Peel the garlic and ginger. Chop in the chopper.
  • Rinse the parsley and mint in water. Remove all the stalks. Drain the leaves. Add leaves to the chopper. (you can use stems and leaves)
  • Funnel this into a glass bottle. I felt like Houdini after I funnelled (haha) all this into the bottle.
  • Add all spices. Top up with Flax seed oil and Apple Cider vinegar.
  • Close the bottle and shake. Store in the fridge.
1 natural salad dressing ingredients

ingredients

2 natural salad dressing preparation separating herb leaves from stems

separating herb leaves from stems (this step is optional)

3 natural salad dressing chopping garlic and ginger

chopping garlic and ginger

4 natural salad dressing chopping herbs

chopping herbs

5 natural salad dressing herbs in the bottle

use a funnel to get the herbs in the bottle. I should have used a bottle with a wider mouth.)

6 natural salad dressing adding spices to the bottle

adding spices

7 natural salad sressing adding flax seed oil and apple cider vinegar to the bottle

topping up with flaxseed oil and apple cider vinegar

I’ve made a few batches of this dressing, and it lasts a couple of months or more. I top it up with apple cider vinegar and flax oil from time to time, too. I use it in salad, I add it to guacamole, and add it to just about anything that needs a dressing. I’m pretty sure it’s high in vitamin and minerals, too.

Do you make your own salad dressing?