My weekly visit to the grocery store was an eye opener. This week I concentrated on the produce and dairy aisles. I was thinking about how people get fresh produce in their diet when they can’t afford it, like the $7.00 watermelon I purchased last week or the $4.89 bunch of asparagus; or they do not have a garden. I am of the mindset that we have raised a generation that cannot cook out of anything except a can, making healthy choices somewhat of a challenge. I am old enough to remember that most of our meals came out of the garden or were made from scratch; bread, noodles, soups. If my grandmother could grow it she could can it and my mom could make it taste great. And everything was balanced, all of the food groups represented including a glass of milk and NEVER soda for dinner. Milk by the way was over $4.00 for a gallon of 2%, but soda was less expensive, adding a little attraction by the number of cans/bottles in shopper’s carts. I think we need to get together and grab a partner and teach people how to cook with fresh, healthy ingredients and show them how they can actually SAVE money by doing so. Who are you willing to teach; a son or daughter, a grandchild, a niece or nephew, a neighbor? Can we still eat good tasting healthy meals and save money? I think we can, and lower our blood pressure at the same time. What do you think?
By Susan Brockway