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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 R430 (+- $43) from Pick ‘n Pay Supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa, this morning.

healthy grocery shopping South Africa

300 g walnuts
300 g pecan nuts
100 g Brazil nuts
100 g macadamia nuts
1 Kg pink lady apples
1 lemon
5 bananas
2 papaya
800 g strawberries
4 oranges
500 g raisins
250 g mini Italian tomatoes
2 avocados
20 g rocket / arugula
20 g basil
cauliflower & broccoli
1 Kg carrots
130 g rice cakes
500 ml unfiltered apple cider vinegar
rice cakes

Living healthy in South Africa

This is what I got from Pick ‘n Pay supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa this morning for R365 (+- $36.3.)

2014.10.19 healthy grocery shopping South Africa

200 g Brazil nuts, almonds, macadamias, pecans
400 g Tahini
800 g strawberries
5 bananas
3 papaya
1 pineapple
7 naartjies / tangerines
1.5 Kg pears
1 lemon
2 avocados
200 g mini Italian tomatoes
1 Kg carrots
20 g rocket / arugula
20 g fresh mint
cauliflower & broccoli
1 litre full cream plain yoghurt
6 free range XL eggs

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.

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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.

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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

My R270 (+- $27) healthy food spend

I ate pretty unhealthy (unhealthily?) on the weekend but this healthy spend should get me back on track.

This is what I got for R270 at Pick ‘n Pay Supermarket in Cape Town, South Africa.

healthy food shopping South Africa

150g cashews, almonds, Pecans
100g Brazil nuts
100g Walnuts
2 x 165ml coconut milk
1 litre plain full cream yoghurt
1.5 kg avocado
3 papayas
+-6 small bananas
1 pineapple
half tray tangerines / naartjies
2 brinjals (aubergines)
cauliflower + broccoli
400g green beans
1 onion
250g mushrooms
500g popcorn kernals

This is what I got last time.
This is the other food that I generally keep at home.

What does R270 worth of groceries look like for you?

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Be healthy y’all!

The time I went Organic

A few months ago, I tried to go organic. I started by visiting Oranjezicht City Farm, where you can harvest your own organic vegetables on certain days of the week. It was fun, novel, the produce is gorgeous, and I felt good about myself.

Oranjezicht City Farm

Organic tomatoes, lettuce, rocket, basil, onion and radish from Oranjezicht City Farm

Then I signed up with Harvest of Hope where organic veggies, grown in township communities around Cape Town, are delivered to collection points around the city every week.

Harvest of Hope Abalimi small pack

Harvest of Hope Abalimi small pack 3.4kg of organic produce

Harvest of Hope Abalimi small pack Feb 2014 3.1KGs

Harvest of Hope Abalimi small pack 3.1kg fresh organic produce

Harvest of Hope Abalimi small 4.5KGs

Harvest of Hope Abalimi small pack 4.5kg fresh organic produce

Sadly, I only kept up for a month. It started out as a novelty, and should have developed into a way of life, but alas.

Despite this, I do recommend giving it a try and seeing if it works for you.

I have no excuses, but too many.

Have you tried to go the organic route?

My R300 (+-$30) real food spend

What does $30 of real food look like to you?

What does $30 of real food look like to you?

This is what I got for R300 (+- $30) at Pick ‘n Pay Supermarket in South Africa:

50g sliced beef biltong (jerky)
1l full cream/Greek style yoghurt
6 large free range eggs
100g Brazil nuts
100g Pecan nuts
100g Cashew nuts
100g Walnuts
500g white mushrooms
2 avocados
1 pineapple
3 bananas
3 papayas
400g baby marrows (zucchini)
80g wild rocket (Arugula)
400g green beans
1kg carrots

You can see other food I generally keep at home here.

What does $30 of real food look like to you?

See what I got last time, here.