This is the final wrap up of our Nature’s Fare Budget challenge! Thank you for being patient about waiting for me to post the results of weeks 3 and 4. Life has been a bit busy with clients and prepping for baby #3!
Weeks 3 and 4 of this challenge were a bit interesting because we caught colds and my pregnancy hormones brought on infected wisdom teeth. Needless to say, The two weeks were filled with lots of smoothies and soups. If you have not taken your wisdom teeth out and you are considering bringing a little one into this world, get them out! There is nothing fun about having your teeth drilled out of your head without painkillers to help with the pain. I can honestly say that might have been the worst pain I have experienced in my life. Okay, no on to the food…
By week 3 of the challenge, we were feeling pretty confident about our shopping choices and decided to add a bit more variety, as we actually had some food and a few dollars left over from the previous weeks.
Breakfast was a huge hit this week because my kids love French toast! We ended up finding some gluten free raisin bread on sale, got some eggs, and splurged on some delicious maple syrup. I find that when you can switch it up like this, your family doesn’t feel like they are suffering as you make adjustments and cutbacks in your budget.
We are big fans of pizza in our house, so we decided to add pizza to the menu this week for lunch and pair it with fresh veggies and fruit. Gluten free pizza can be expensive, so I recommend that if you can’t find it on sale, try to find a local supplier at a farmers market or test out a couple of the crust ideas I’ve listed below. We also use pasta sauce as our base due to the cost savings over pizza sauce. If you are not a tomato sauce fan, try using coconut oil! It’s delicious and great paired with lots of veggies.
We started our week off with a potato leak soup, which was delicious! We got our whole chicken frier again and added half the meat, veggies and quinoa. The soup was an organic pre-made mix that was on sale for $2.99, so getting two containers was a steal.
Week four was probably our most simple week due to our colds and the pain I was in with my mouth. I had my surgery on a Thursday, but even during the days leading up to surgery I couldn’t eat very much because of the swelling and pain. We had a lot of smoothies, soups, and eggs this week. Due to the randomness of this week, there was no lunch or dinner category. It was basically “If my sick child will eat it, he can have it.” Some days this meant fruit smoothies for breakfast, protein pancakes for lunch, and eggs for dinner. I encourage you while you are in this process of making a new budget and trying to cut back on your spending to also be flexible with what life throws at you. When you see those soups on sale, stock up! You never knew when those days of colds are going to hit and you want to be prepared. Instead of putting you through my boring list of how I prepared my post-wisdom-teeth eggs and soup during week 4, I have included my favorite broccoli recipe and my pantry must-haves for staying on track with your budget.
Feel free to post any questions you have! Keeping your family healthy and on track with your budget can be overwhelming, but it can be done with planning and creativity.
Quick oats – I use these for pancakes, muffins, or cookies, or in smoothies
Coconut oil – Awesome for sautéing or your baking
Almond milk – For smoothies or baking
Rice cakes – Cheap and a quick snack option
Almond Butter – Pair it with your rice cakes or use for your baking
Pasta sauce – Use it for a quick pizza snack on gluten free bread or your pasta
Seeds – Look for seeds on sale that you can throw into your baking for extra protein or healthy fats