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Speak Up: What Healthy Expensive Food Do You Splurge On?

Times are tough. Not only is the economy bad but for many of us, Winter is a time when buying food, especially produce, can be pricey. There are certain foods though that I refuse to live without. Cashews are one of my weakness, and even though cherries and avocados cost more than I want to spend, they're nutritious and so very tasty and end up in my grocery cart. So tell me, what healthy expensive foods do you splurge on? Are there certain foods you used to buy organic, but are forced to buy conventional now because they're cheaper?


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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
- Salmon - Chilean Sea Bass - Sashimi - Escolar - Halibut - Bell Peppers - Whole Foods (Yea, everything I buy there is expensive! Oh yes and I love their prepared food!!) *I spend so much on groceries per week it's disgusting!!! ha ha! Oh but no, the food is actually rather DELICIOUS!
Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 8 years
Definitely nuts (especially cashews) and fruit like mangos. Locally grown fruit (we have everything from pears, apples, tangerines, cherries, etc.) and vegetables (go can also get pretty much everything) aren't that expensive so what's actually the problem is out-of-season fruit/veggies that are importet from other countries. But I guess that the point of eating locally - you save a lot of money and it's usually organic.
juliet juliet 8 years
Coffee. Never buy the cheap stuff. Other than that, I don't really splurge - the healthy food I eat is generally reasonably priced - bananas, apples, whole wheat bread... I will splurge on expensive cheeses (brie, chevre, etc)... Oh! I got one: fresh fish and sushi. Healthy, but not cheap.
taratootie taratootie 8 years
Organic milk goat milk berries, but I freeze them when they are in season so now I have a freezer full! Whipping cream to make butter nuts seaweed avocados (buy a lot now and freeze them b/c come May the prices will be HIGH) foofoo cheeses
lawchick lawchick 8 years
organic dairy and free range eggs
lovelie lovelie 8 years
Definitely fresh seafood...I love making scallops! Also, I will splurge on good cheese every once in a while. I love gruyere! Oh and most wine ( I think that could be considered healthy in moderation). Usually a buy a medium priced bottle, but every so often I will splurge and get an expensive bottle of cabernet ;)
fabulouslady87 fabulouslady87 8 years
Fresh Market bakery products... soooo good!
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 8 years
I buy a lot of my vegetables at Costco. They have 24oz containers of blueberries for $4.99 and bags of 5 avocados for $4.99 too. Whatever I buy there, though, I end up eating those vegetables/fruits for an entire week since it's just me eating them, but I don't mind!
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
My cash goes to local meats/dairy/eggs. For me (and in my neighborhood in Queens) I know where to find fresh produce fairly cheap but my trips to the farmer's markets for local (grassfed/pastured) meats,dairy and eggs are super important (and costly) but I wouldn't have it any other way.
tsp tsp 8 years
fresh berries, particularly blueberries (i'm kind of a blueberry junkie). i had switched to frozen for last month or two, but am now finding fresh at a more reasonable price. they aren't local, which i prefer, but they're good.
darkkissezz darkkissezz 8 years
Of course it depends on where you live too. I live in New England.
darkkissezz darkkissezz 8 years
If your looking for good deals on produce/nuts/dried fruit go to costco. You'll get a bigger size container but it will be cheaper in the long run. We always have in season produce for really cheap and some out of season produce too and it's a big selection even some organic. Right now we have things like strawberries 4lbs for $8 and 6lbs of pears for $5. When those honeycrisp apples were in season they were 8 for $8. You can also buy a huge bag of frozen veggies for really cheap. I work there so I might be kind of biased but I never see prices like this at the grocery store.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
Honey Crisp apples. Whole Foods has them HUGE for about $6 a pound. Publix has the smaller ones for about $4 a pound. I LOVE these apples!
Advah Advah 8 years
How could I forget: fresh herbs! Time to start my own herb garden, but I suck at keeping these things alive.
Advah Advah 8 years
Berries (even raspberries are horrendously expensive, and I live in Scotland!), fresh fruits and lettuces (other than the annoying iceberg lettuce). :( I agree Wambalus, getting a couple of avocados and some tofu usually makes a £5 difference on my grocery bill!
wambalus wambalus 8 years
probably avocados and tofu - I live in the UK and tofu isn't as cheap as it is in the us. I'll also occasionally splurge on really nice chocolate, but that's a treat.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I think my entire grocery bill is a splurge. I buy the most healthiest, nutritious foods.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
At the Whole Foods here in SF Organic Honeycrisp Apples are $3.99 per pound. I was just there tonight and there are a few left. Sucker that I am for them - I bought one. It;s super firm and juicy -yum - and I picked the smallest I could find and it weighes nearly a pound. 1 apples $3.49 but worth it, I'll cut it into slices and store it in the fridge and munch on that one apple for 4 or 5 days. At Safeway the Honeycrisp or not organic, they are tiny, anemic looking apples and there are somehow mealy. At Safeway they are $2.99 per pound. Expensive either way you slice it.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
* Forgot to list "Organic Romaine Lettuce." Love it mixed with garbonzo and kidney beans with a slice of tomato on top.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Raw/unsalted Walnuts Organic Apples, Blueberries, Carrots, Cherries and Tomatoes Amy's Kitchen California Style (vegetarian) Burger Uncle Sam or Cascadian Farm Cereal Morningstar Chik Patties Morningstar Crumbles Nature's Promise No Salt Added Peanut Butter Nature's Promise Whole Grain Bread Olive Oil Those are the more expensive items however I consider them health investments. Yes, I do succumb to certain unhealthy desserts however for the most part my diet is pretty healthy. Still working on the desserts issue ;) .
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
Organic fugi apples-my favorite!!!
zeppelinrules zeppelinrules 8 years
I spend most of my grocery money on fresh produce...I'd say the most expensive things I can't live without are avacados and berries. I used to buy organic, but I don't anymore because it became too expensive. For some reason I always need my salad greens to be organic though.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
Oh and fish- salmon, and yogurt.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
Fruit- especially berries, veggies, and nuts.
LauraHealy LauraHealy 8 years
FAGE yogurt! I live in Canada and they don't have it here :( .. my boyfriend and I drive to Buffalo,NY and I stock up.. I mean literally I buy 30 lol! I am such a foodie if I want something I buy it :P Lately I have been buying conventional produce though.. at my grocery store organic broccoli is $4.99 right now!!!
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