diet

6 months of healthy eating

For the past 6 months, I’ve been posting a picture of my weekly grocery shopping.

Here you can see what I typically keep at home.

What you see in these pictures had made up +-85% of what I have eaten in the past 6 months. How cool! I hate letting anything go to waste, and I generally finish it all by the end of the week. I am a flexitarian or weekday vegetarian. The weekends are all about bacon, cheese, and braai (BBQ).

Over 6 months, all this food has cost R8195.

I get 5 – 7 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (and snacks.)

My maths skills are no good, but it works out to less than R20 a meal. Anyone who says that eating healthy is expensive is making excuses!

This will be my last post in this series. I have proven my point to myself. I always shop at a Pick ‘n Pay supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa.

How do you manage a healthy diet?

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It starts in the cart

This is what I got for R330 (+-$33) today at Pick ‘n Pay supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa:

Healthy grocery shopping South Africa

150 g macadamias, Brazil nuts, pecans
100 g walnuts
3 papaya
800 g strawberries
5 bananas
1 Kg apples
4 grapefruit
2 avocados
200 g mini Italian tomatoes
1 Kg carrots
cauliflower & broccoli
20 g fresh basil
20 g fresh mint
500 g raisins
1 Kg rolled oats
130 g rice cakes

Eating healthy in South Africa

This is what I got from Pick ‘n Pay supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa last Sunday for R300 (+- $30.)

2014.10.05 healthy grocery shopping South Africa

300 g pecans, almonds, macadamias, Brazil nuts
800 g strawberries
2 Kg grapefruit
4 papaya
5 bananas
1 Kg apples
1 lemon
2 avocados
200 g mini Italian tomatoes
2 brinjals / aubergines
cauliflower & broccoli
1 Kg carrots
20 g fresh rocket / arugula
20 g fresh sage
400 g desiccated coconut

Healthy diet South Africa

Here’s what I got for R390 (+- $39) at Pick ‘n Pay in Cape Town, South Africa today.

2014.09.28 healthy grocery shopping South Africa

100 g walnuts
150 g pecans, Brazil, cashews and macadamias
4 papayas
800 g strawberries
5 bananas
1 lemon
1 Kg naartjies / tangerines
1 Kg pink lady apples
2 avocados
200 g mini Italian tomatoes
1 Kg carrots
cauliflower & broccoli
red and white baby cabbage
20 g fresh mint
20 g fresh rocket / arugula
1 Kg rolled oats
1 litre full cream plain yoghurt
200 g cocoa powder

Healthy eating in South Africa

Here’s what I got for R290 (+-$29) at Pick ‘n Pay supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa last Sunday.

Health grocery shopping South Africa

800 g strawberries
3 papaya
7 tangerines / naartjies
1 Cayenne pineapple
5 bananas
1 lemon
1 Kg pink lady apples
200 g mini Italian tomatoes
2 avocados
cauliflower & broccoli
1 Kg carrots
20 g rocket / arugula
3 x 165 ml coconut cream
150 g macadamias, pecans, & Brazil nuts
100 g hazelnuts
6 free range eggs

It starts in the cart

This is what I got last Sunday for R270 (+-$27) at Pick ‘n Pay supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa.

healthy grocery shopping South Africa

200 g Brazil nuts, macadamias, pecan nuts
100 g walnuts
100 g almonds
3 papaya
1 Kg Pink lady apples
1 lemon
1 Queen pineapple
5 bananas
2 avocados
250 g mini Italian tomatoes
cauliflower & broccoli
1 Kg carrots
2 brinjals / aubergines
1 red onion
20 g fresh mint
20 g fresh parsley
garlic
ginger

Healthy living in South Africa

Here’s what I got for R310 (+- $31) last Sunday from Pick ‘n Pay supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa.

2014.09.07 healthy grocery shopping South Africa

250 g walnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamias, cashews, pecans
400 g strawberries
3 papaya
7 narrtjies / tangerines
1.5 Kg pears
1 Queen pineapple
1 Kg apples
5 bananas
1 English cucumber
2 avocados
250 mini Italian tomatoes
1 Kg carrots
2 brinjals
30 g fresh thyme
30 g fresh basil
250 g mushrooms
ground cinnamon refill

Healthy living in South Africa

This is what I got last week for R300 (+-$30) at Pick ‘n Pay Supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa.

2014.08.31 healthy grocery shopping South Africa

200g Macadamia nuts
4 papayas
5 bananas
8 tangeries / naartjies
1 lemon
400 g strawberries
1 Queen pineapple
1.5 Kg pears
1 avocado
500 g raisins
250 g cherry tomatoes
1 Kg carrots
cauliflower and broccoli
30 g fresh basil
30 g fresh mint
1 litre plain full cream yogurt
6 large free-range eggs
1Kg rolled oats
500 g popcorn

Where does your healthy lifestyle begin?
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Be healthy, y’all

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?

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?