How to buy inexpensive produce

People always say eating healthy is expensive. However, I went to the store yesterday and bought all this produce for $15.

Long Island Plum Tomatoes: 1.69lb @ $0.69/lb …  I spent $1.17 for 10 tomatoes
California Black Plums: 1.32lb @ $0.99/lb … I spent $1.31 for 4 plums
Red Onions: 1.41lb @ $0.69/lb … I spent $0.97  for 4 red onions
Sweet Corn: reduced aisle … I spent $1.49 for 5 corns
Radish Bunch: … I spent $0.49 for a radish bunch
New Jersey Yellow Peaches: 1.28lb @ $0.69/lb … I spent $0.88 for 3 peaches
Canadian Loose Carrots: 2.65lb @ $0.39/lb … I spent $1.03 for 7 carrots
Yams: 3.40lb @ $0.69/lb … I spent $2.35 for 3 yams
Red Leaf Lettuce: 1.67lb @ $0.99/lb … I spent $1.65 for 2 bunches of lettuce
Bartlet Pears: 1.72lb @ $0.69/lb … I spent $1.19 on 4 pears
A Jar of Pickled Vegetables: $3.49

 

A total of 12.53 for the produce and adding in the jar of picked vegetables, the total was 16.02

 

How did I get such a deal? I shop by what is on sale at the stores, I always get things from the extra reduced section, and I try to stick to produce that is locally grown. The best thing about buying things that are on sale; I get to try new things.

 

For those who live on Long Island. I went to Pat’s Farm in East Meadow for these items and I also get great deals at the Associated in Baldwin.

 

Share the great deals and locations in your town.

 

 

***Lisa-Marie 

An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.

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How not to make dairy-free blueberry yogurt

I love blueberry yogurt, but I do not care for dairy. When I found a dairy-free recipe for blueberry yogurt in my grandmother’s raw vegan food book, I was excited. I could not wait to try out the recipe and share it with the community.

The instructions and ingredients were simple; blend together:
1 Haas Avocado
Handful of Pitted Dates
1 cup Frozen Blueberries

 

Sounds easy, but I miserably failed at this concoction. For one, it would not blend, so then I moved the mixture into the food processor. That semi-worked, but I could not figure out why the mixture was chunky. Turns out, I was not using pitted dates, but dates with the seeds. That was the beginning of my failure to make dairy-free yogurt. I was all for eating around the seeds, but the mixture just did not taste good. The ‘yogurt’ is sitting in my fridge and I have to toss it because it just did not taste good and it turned solid. As much as I hate to waste food, it had to go.

 

I love to experiment with food and I did not want to quit on this recipe, it had potential. So last night I went back to the drawing board and came up with a dairy-free blueberry smoothie recipe all based on the Avocado smoothie recipe I shared last year

 

The instructions and ingredients are simple; blend together:
1 Haas Avocado
2 cups Frozen blueberries and Bananas (optional)
1-2 cups Almond Milk
1 Tablespoon Honey

 

Voila! A dairy-free blueberry smoothie that tastes delicious. That yielded about 24 ounces of smoothie. I froze 16 ounces in my Ball plastic jars  and the remaining 8 ounces in the Ball jars was taste tested my sisters and friend. They enjoyed it, but said it could have been sweeter.

 

Now you know how not to make dairy-free blueberry yogurt, and how to make dairy-free blueberry smoothie.

 

Any suggestions to what went wrong with my yogurt attempt?

 

***Lisa-Marie 

An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.

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What’s a positive aspects book?

No matter how grim life appears, there are always positive aspects that outweigh the negative. Viewing life optimistically will aid in uplifting spirits and diminish negative feelings.

One method that aids me in keeping my spirits high is my Positive Aspects Notebook. I started keeping the notebook after reading about the concept in Esther and Jerry Hicks’ book Ask and It Is Given. The book states to use a notebook that is pleasing to the eye and to start every entry with: Positive Aspects of _____, then write about only the positive aspects of anything in your life.

With my notebook, I went for simplicity and just used a Mead marble notebook. Inside I have documented positive aspects of vacations, my car, friends, family, and more. My notebook is dear to me, worn and falling apart. Whenever I am feeling gloomy or down, I open my notebook and read all my entries. My notebook isn’t entirely filled and I don’t write in it every day, however, the positive feelings it gives me after reading, is worth the time spent documenting positive moments.

I recommend everyone keep some form of a Positive Aspects notebook for sanity and to show that life isn’t as bad as we often make it out to be.

 

***Lisa-Marie 

An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.

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Reconnect with nature

This summer I made it a point to step out of my comfort zone. If you follow my Lisa Inks blog, you know that I have been networkingpromoting my work, and making YouTube videos.

Last year I made an audio recording and never posted it because of my fear. This summer I went to the beach and park and decided that I should just post my audio. It doesn’t hurt to just go for it.

So, I made a short video about taking the time out of the day to reconnect with nature. It is a little rough, but I am growing and getting better. Enjoy!

 

 

***Lisa-Marie 

An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.

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