Hi friends! How are you?! Per popular request– I’m doing a post about our weekly grocery haul. The same question gets asked over and over again whenever I show the amount of fruit we eat: “How much do you guys spend on groceries?!!” I mean, the answer is, “more than we’d like to” haha. But that doesn’t mean we spend more than you guys would. I mean, I don’t know since I’m not at the store with each and every one of you– but compared to standard food prices and what we spent when we were just your standard vegan vs. high raw fruitarian vegan, is not drastically different.
I mean, in a perfect world, fresh real food would be exceptionally less money and more affordable to everyone. But unfortunately, that’s not the case. With government subsidies with crap products like sugar, cheapo dairy, corn, etc… well, junk food is pretty cheap for the masses. But even still, at the end of any grocery haul, you’d find that the most expensive products are the products that come packaged with an ingredient list. And the more affordable products come with zero packagings or very minimal (think dried beans and rice in a bag).
Also being vegan cuts out things like meat and dairy– which can both be rather pricey if you’re buying meat and dairy that are hormone and antibiotic free (which if you eat those things, at the very least you should be making sure that you’re avoiding hormones and antibiotics). If you want to go wayyyyy back to 2011, I did one of these “whats in my organic and vegan pantry” posts then. I bought a lot of fresh vegetables and some fruit then– but my pantry was also filled with canned products and some other processed goods. Today, we still buy canned coconut milk from time to time (rare though) and we buy dried beans and rice from time to time. And we always have at least one package of rice noodles and rice pasta in the cabinet, seaweed for sushi and dried for salads as well. But other than that it’s mostly fruit + vegan that you’ll find in our home. Oh, and Alex’s granola + peanut butter. I think he’d die without those things.
I’ve also shared our pantry situation in the past (when we lived in our other home) and our pantry set up in mexico as well, if you want to check those things out. But those two posts don’t come with a price breakdown. This post will (hooray!) I didn’t include what’s currently in our pantry in this post– I just included what our current grocery haul looks like– so you could have a real price break down on what we buy/spend weekly.
What We Buy In A Week As A Fruitarian High Raw Vegan Family
Now, I want to remind you guys that this list varies a bit week to week and month to month depending on what’s in season and on sale. We’ve been eating A LOT of grapes this month. They are on sale (hooray!) so it gives us an excuse to buy them– but I have to be honest, this is probably our biggest expense. We could save A LOT of money not buying grapes. (But yolo?) This week we bought a ton of strawberries since they were on sale— and fewer grapes. Great for Marlowe and Alex, but not so much for me, haha.
I also want to be totally upfront and let you know that this is more or less for 2.5 people since Alex does not eat most of his dinners at home. He’ll have juice with me in the morning (my favorite juice lately) and then usually an acai bowl or smoothie or whatever we make for lunch– but then dinners are typically just Marlowe and myself 5 days a week. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can see more of what we eat in a day post HERE. Again, it varies, but this gives you a general idea. And of course, What Marlowe Eats gives you a general idea of what dinners typically look like. At least for her. For me its been mostly fruit and salad lately.
During the week we typically do one big grocery haul (something like pictured above) and then we might pop into the grocery store one more time to refill on something if we need it. In the case of the week pictured above, it was bananas. We definitely needed to make another banana run. Which I know, people seem so taken aback when they see the number of bananas we eat– but we love banana ice cream and smoothies all day. It’s economical AND delicious.
In the fridge, we had two heads cabbage (we eat a lot of cabbage! — no we’re not that gassy, don’t worry), turmeric, gingers, maybe two carrots, and not much more.
One more thing I want to remind you guys of is that we grow food and have friends and family with fruit trees. This helps a bit. For this week pictured we had the bowl to the left with food– mangoes and passionfruit. And we ended up getting at least two-three more giant bowls of mangoes. We also ended up with a giant guanabana at some point (yum!). So we obviously don’t live off our garden and free food– but we love when we can take in a big lychee, mango, papaya, banana, whatever fruit haul!
We also buy a ton of the food at the market typically– where I can find much cheaper prices on cucumbers, ginger, turmeric, and more. We didn’t have time to go all the way there this week– so this is actually typically less food than we normally buy and at a higher cost too.
Last thing! Everything we buy is organic. Always. No exceptions. Yeah, because I don’t want to eat chemicals, but mostly because I don’t want to be an a-hole to the people who grow and harvest my food. They do not deserve that.
What We Spend In A Week As A Fruitarian High Raw Vegan Family
7.98 Coconut water
2.37 Broccoli (we always use the stems too.)
3.98 Roma tomatoes
6.99 Oranges (for juicing)
11.98 Acai (we can’t quit you. see our favorite acai bowl recipe HERE.)
7.49 frozen strawberries (we typically buy blueberries but got these to make Marlowe crepes. Turns out she doesn’t love sweet crepes and only wants dosas in her life).
1.73 Loose Carrots (SO much cheaper in a bag, but we’re trying to avoid plastic where we can. Womp.
1.27 Beet (this just reminded me that that’s probably still in the fridge and about to die, so I definitely need to eat it)
3.98 Celery. (it got cheap for a while and now the price is going up again– if you can even find it!)
4.66 Rice noodle
+ I’m not sure of the exact amount of bananas picked up at the store, but if you want maybe add another 8-10$ in more bananas 😉
Tada! Is it a lot of money? Is it a little bit? I don’t know. For us, it is a lot, but it’s worth it. We definitely don’t view it as an expense, but rather as an investment in our health. I don’t have any plans to change the way I eat anytime soon. We’re not bored with the food we eat, we’re not lacking in nutrition, and we have a home filled with real food. We eat mostly fresh raw food all day long– but there is plenty of food for cooked delicious dinners as well 🙂 We’re grateful for it for sure.
I’m curious to know what you guys spend in a week on food! I’m curious if this seems like a big expense or a little one for you 🙂 If you’re interested, please share below 🙂 Cheers friends!