Tuesday, January 10, 2012

They're Just Lazy Gluttons!

I want to be sure I'm feeding my family healthful foods and not dosing them with massive quantities of pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics. So I went to Whole Foods.

I stuck carefully to my prepared shopping list, which corresponded to my menu for this week:

Monday
Breakfast: old-fashioned oatmeal, cutie
Snack: cheese stick
Lunch: Mediterranean Chicken Salad
Snack: hard-boiled egg
Dinner: Spinach-stuffed Salmon Filet, vegetable medley, salad  
Snack: a glass of wine
Tuesday 
Breakfast: Berry smoothie
Snack: hard-boiled egg
Lunch: Lemon-couscous chicken
Snack: yogurt
Dinner: Turkey/Oatmeal meatloaf, steamed asparagus, mushrooms sautéed in olive oil, salad
Snack: fruit and unsweetened peanut butter
Wednesday
Breakfast: cereal, berries
Snack: apple and peanut butter
Lunch: Greek salad
Snack: yogurt
Dinner: Logos/leftovers
Snack: pear & peanut butter
Thursday
Breakfast: scrambled eggs, cheese, spicy fresh salsa
Snack: celery & laughing cow cheese
Lunch: Chef’s salad
Snack: yogurt
Dinner: Herb-marinated chicken, salad, steamed vegetables
Snack: yogurt shake
Friday
Breakfast: berry smoothie or half grapefruit
Snack: hard-boiled egg
Lunch: open-face roast beef sandwiches
Snack: yogurt
Dinner: Pizza and salad
Snack: baked apple crisp
Saturday
Breakfast: egg "muffins"
Snack: yogurt
Lunch: leftovers
Snack: veg and hummus
Dinner: Beef Burrito Bowls
Snack: pudding
Sunday
Breakfast: fruit/toast/cheese
Snack: cheese stick
Lunch: tomato stuffed with tuna salad
Snack: cheese & tomato
Dinner: out!
Snack: a glass of wine

I spent $335.

And I've spent a lot of time in the kitchen over the past couple of days.

And my children - while they get the added benefit of carbs (a side of bread or pasta for dinner, pretzels for a snack, etc.) are not exactly excited about most of this food.

Contrast this with a dinner at the pizza buffet place, which costs $4.99 for adults, $3.99 for kids, and makes everyone happy (if not healthy). No wait, no prep time, no baby crying in his high chair while Mommy chops veg for salad.

So, yeah, it's easy to see why everyone doesn't eat this way all the time.

6 comments:

HiddenChicken said...

Amen to that!

And of course, there are all the other things you're "supposed" to be doing, right? After all, you MUST: make time for yourself (at least an hour a day), exercise (another hour), sleep 9 hours a day, be a super-duper invincible mom, meditate for an hour, make all your food from scratch and, clearly, enjoy several hobbies and alone time with your children and your spouse, then family time with everyone. Wait. Why don't you feel rested?

Sarahlynn said...

Andi! You left out all the crafts and creative around-the-house projects we should be doing! (And, um, homework.)

bingol said...

No wait, no prep time, less crying, but the pizza buffet costs roughly the same, no? I mean, if you eat pizza buffet for two adults and two kids, for lunch and dinner every day.

bingol said...

No wait, no prep time, less crying, but the pizza buffet costs roughly the same, no? I mean, if you eat pizza buffet for two adults and two kids, for lunch and dinner every day.

Sarahlynn said...

You're back!

Actually, the pizza would be a LOT cheaper (about $80 if my math is correct). And of course we'd be a lot happier, right up until we're all diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension and such. They even have a salad bar and unlimited desserts. Divine.

bingol said...

I'm back and double-posting!

And as math-challenged as every, apparently.