When thinking about shopping for FOOD don’t see it as a chore, but as the means to providing your FAMILY with the NOURISHMENT then need to FUEL THEIR DAYS & help them be the BEST they can.
Get the Family INVOLVED in this experience, let them have an ACTIVE role in how you SOURCE food, WHAT TYPES of Food you buy & get to interact with the GROWERS & SELLERS. Make them become EXCITED, LEARN & FEEL more of a valued member of the FAMILY UNIT.
Choose a Particular for Shopping each week
We chose Saturdays, MOST stall owners are out on a SATURDAY
Try to reach the market before 10am to beat the rush and be free to take in the sounds, sights & smells
Get up and out early - but not too early!! the stalls need time to set up properly - generally 10am should be ok!
Shopping weekly means FRESH & SEASONAL produce
Prior to Shopping each week
TYPE OF MEALS
Have a selection of QUICK, ONE POT MEALS for during the week when TIME is tigher & SLOWER, STEWS/ BAKES for the weekend when there's more time
Make a LIST of foods you need based on the general number of meals
Check what ESSENTIAL STOCKS you are running low on
Most shopping centres allow you to buy the Household Supplies that you need for your home also in the same place
You can always go beyond the list but taking one with you means you won't come home without the things you needed
LOOK through the fridge and cupboards
CLEAR OUT old, out of date, rotten foods
Family Weekly Schedules
Check to know who’s at home at dinner time & who needs it stored for later
Which meals are better to be cooked on which days
On the weekend, try to cook a meal that takes time - include the kids in the preparation & cooking
Have QUALITY FAMILY TIME at the table, IT'S IMPORTANT
Meat & Fish - CLEAN, MARINADE & PORTION for cooking throughout the week
Vegetables - Wash & Portion veg like Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots
Your New Best Friends!!
FOOD BAGS & CLICK SEAL PLASTIC CONTAINERS
To STORE PREPPED foods & for WORK & SCHOOL LUNCHES
Get in the habit of Cooking Extra at Dinner...
Your Family can have HOMEMADE MEALS for work or school lunches
Saves money, NO NEED TO BUY EXPENSIVE MEALS
Builds the notion in KIDS that their parents care about them
Saves time spent buying food at lunch
Lunch times can truly be a BREAK & RELAXATION from the day
WHERE TO SHOP?
The choices are ENDLESS... not just Supermarkets
We used to be a ONE STOP SHOP kind of Family, even though we hated the supermarket atmosphere; it's enclosed, loud, busy & limited selection of foods we didnt necessarily love & that were processed. But we continued to do it JUST BECAUSE... we told ourselves;
"It's easier than shopping elsewhere"
Then suddenly, it clicked and we decided, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!
OUR LIVES ARE WORTH MORE, WE WANTED TO FILL OUR BODIES & MINDS WITH GOOD THINGS
So we changed to our;
LOCAL HIGH STREET MARKETS & VARIOUS SHOPS WHERE WE NOT ONLY GET MORE VALUE FOR MONEY BUT THE QUALITY OF PRODUCT THAT WE WANT. INSTEAD OF JUST SETTLING FOR WHAT THE SUPERMARKET HAS TO OFFER.... & WE'VE NEVER LOOKED BACK!!
FRUIT & VEG stalls
BUTCHERS & FISH Mongers
HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN SHOPPING IN SUPERMARKETS?
Enclosed, Oppressed, Surrounded by masses of people, Noise
Supposed offers – Pressure Selling tactics – Packaged foods that don’t allow you to choose exactly what you are buying
BENEFITS OF SHOPPING & PREPPING IN THIS WAY:
Have control of what your family consumes, feed them well
Ensure the family is eating fresh, tasty, homemade meals
Supporting the local farmers and stores to boost your town’s economy
Makes food shopping interesting and important to all the family
Reduces time spent throughout the week preparing meals for quick & easy cooking
Saves money when buying straight from the producers (& even getting bigger portions)