Well let’s do a quick analysis how much a healthier lunch would cost to make from Whole Foods as some might call “Whole Paycheck.” compared to going out to eat at sandwich chain.
- All Natural Turkey Sandwhich vs Processed Turkey Sandwich
- Organic Apple vs Pesticide Apple
- Vitamin Water vs Same
Whole Foods Total Cost of Lunch $ 4.75
Cost of Sandwich From Whole Foods $2.44:
In Store Farm Fresh Baked Turkey $10.99 lb. So $10.99/16 ounces = $.69 per ounce . Lets use 2 ouncessince that’s what your local sandwich chain would use. 2 x $.69= $1.30
Eziekiel Bread $ 3.99 loaf. So 1 slice = $3.99/20 slices = $.20 per slice. Lets use 2 slices. However, you could make an open face sandwich for less calories with almost the same nutrition. 2 x $.20= $.40
Organic Spinach $ 3.69 a bag. So 1 spinach leaf = $ 3.69/89 leaves aprox = $ .04 leaf. Lets use 5 slices instead of lettuce which has minimal nutritional value. 5 x $ .04 = $ .20
Organic Avocado $ 2.49 avocado. So 1 slice avocado = $2.49/15 thin slices = $ .17 slice. Lets use 1 slice since its got alot of taste. 1 slice = $ .17 cents
Whole Foods 365 brand Organic Honey Mustard $ 2.99 bottle. So 1 tsp = $ 2.99/50 = $.06 tsp. Lets use 2 tsp (1 tbsp). $ .12
Organic Tomato $ 2.49 lb. 1 tomato = $2.49/3 tomatoes = $.83. Lets use 2 thin slices which will be approx. $ .25
Cost of Organic Apple $.72
Cost of Vitamin Water $ 1.59
Grand Total: 4.75
Local Chain Total Cost of Lunch $ 6.67
Average Cost for 6 inch sandwhich $ 3.99
Note: processed turkey, pesticide veggies, refined wheat bread (NOT wheat just colored brown, thats all it is. So, don’t think it is really healthier because honestly it’s NOT. Lettuce which is just water and usually honey mustard is loaded with chemicals and mayo.
Average cost of apple $ .99
Average cost of Vitamin Water $ 1.69
Grand Total: $6.67
Summary: First, preparing your own food pays off. Secondly, you can’t really compare the nutrition value since the whole foods sandwich is void of chemicals and is packed with more fiber and nutrients.
So, before you think eating healthy is expensive. Think again.
Some more tips:
buy frozen organic veggies
buy only the necessities and the store brand ( Trader Joe’s, 365 whole foods brand)
buy in quantity and look for sales, coupons etc
buy all your cleaning supplies, etc…at a bargain store i.e. BJs
Alot of the wholesale clubs are carrying organic brands. Remember to read labels. Organic means nothing in terms of fat or sometimes isn’t really organic.