So there seem to be a lot of videos on YouTube of raw vegans showing off their shopping! Here’s mine (for a family of four) from last week – most of it is now gone and I didn’t throw any of it away:
Seriously though, there is a point to showing you this picture. Eating a high raw/plant-based diet can get a bit pricey, and I’ve been trying to think of ways to bring the cost down. My family’s consumption of cherry tomatoes alone is enough to break the bank!
So in this picture are a few boxes I bought from our local fruit and vegetable wholesale market: bananas (£5 for the box), peaches (these worked out at 16p each), cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, Piel de Sapo melons, lychees and heirloom carrots (they are the orange, purple and yellow ones). Probably I got carried away and bought too many fancy things – I’ll do better next time but it’s still a bit of a novelty for me shopping this way. There’s also a few things from the reduced section of the Co-op: cantaloupe melon, broccoli, broad beans, fresh peas. Then there’s a few more expensive organic things from our local health food shop: pineapple, beetroot, avocados, oranges, kale, celery and lettuce.
Working out how to provide 40-60 portions of fruit and vegetables per day (that’s 10-15 portions each per day, or up to 420 portions per week) for my family of four without going bankrupt or crazy is a bit of a challenge for me at the moment. Any tips or good advice would be gratefully received!