Wheat Bran 1.69
Half and half 1.49
Quinoa, bulk 2.99
Eggs, dozen 1.89
Ground turkey 2.75
As you may have read I did some end of the week shopping last week – so I’m good. I picked up a few things on Monday. Just the usual. Except I got quinoa. This is a grain I did not particularly care for many years ago so I abandoned even the thought of it in my pantry. Since it is so nutritious and there are recipes abound with this high protein grain, I decided to give it a try. I’m a sucker for high protein grains. I’m sure I can find something out there to inspire me that will make it taste good. You know I love my grains!
One thing in particular with being on this budget is I have had a total self-analysis of my own eating habits. I’ve always had a sweet tooth – my whole life I have had a sweet tooth! In contrast, my daily food habits seem to be pretty healthy. My sugar consumption is mainly in coffee and tea and a weekly baked good I make myself. The baked goods I make are made with whole grains and not a whole lot of sugar. What worries me is the amount of sugar I use in coffee and tea. HOLY COW! So, as of this morning I had my coffee – half a pot – without sugar. Tea tonight is the same. I’ve been reading about ‘drinking’ your daily calories with coffee drinks, and quite honestly I would rather eat real food than drink my calories. I won’t do the artificial sweetener thing so for now it’s just coffee. We’ll see how long I can do this. I was thinking that since the holidays are here for the 7 weeks, until January 1, 2013, I’ll keep sugar out of my coffee and tea. If I go through about 8 ounces a week, for 7 weeks that’s 56 ounces or 3.5 pounds of sugar!!! This might even be a low estimate, eeek. I’m sure between work and family get-together’s I’ll have a good share of sugary treats so this looks like a fair trade and prelude to the new year.
Hmmm. I just clicked over to my email and see that my culinary school is offering an alumni baking class – sugar free and gluten free baking! Perfect timing, except I’m about 1,000 miles away! I know a lot about sugar substitutes in baking. One of my favorites is apple juice concentrate – it works great in banana bread, pancakes and for sweetening fruit crisps. I know. I KNOW you need recipes. You won’t be disappointed J