Life is too short to eat mealy apples

I love apples, really good apples. The kind where you bite into them and they are crisp but just a little tart. My apples, the ones I really love, run on the expensive side. Honey crisp and pink lady. They can be a tad pricey. But they are the best.

I go to the store several times a week–it’s a must for my size XL tribe. The biggest reason? We go through an enormous amount of fruit and vegetables. But mostly fruit. And they love apples. And I usually buy at least 6 to 9 pounds at a time, knowing they will be eaten within the next day. I also like to try to save money. So I look for sales. But honey crisp and pink lady are almost never on sale, so I usually settle for granny smith. They are a great compromise.

This week, gala apples were on sale. We typically like gala, but they’re iffy. Sometimes they are mealy. But I took the chance, and didn’t buy any granny smith. And it was a bad chance. Ugh!!  They were MEALY. There is nothing worse than biting into a mealy apple. Fortunately, the kids still ate them, and when I went to the store next time, I got the good stuff, but it got me to thinking about all of our food.

We’re not uber rich, but we make enough to eat well. And that means we buy almond butter instead of Jiff (okay, sometimes my husband buys Jiff, but he gets in trouble). We buy bacon without nitrites and sugar. We buy free range beef and chicken and eggs. We buy organic plain yogurt and kefir for the kids. We buy organic tart cherry juice to make homemade jello. And we buy as much organic produce as we can afford.

Why do we do this, you ask? It just makes sense. My family’s health is the most important thing to me. And giving them the best nutrition I can afford is hopefully giving them the best start they can have in life. So, they don’t get kraft macaroni and cheese or ramen noodles or beefaroni (okay, dad loves junk and thinks they need a little too. I’m mostly okay with that.)

Regardless, the point is that not only do we have a responsibility to feed ourselves the best quality we can afford, we have a responsibility to our family to feed them well too. My favorite dentist, Weston Price, shared a story once about a mother who went out early fishing every day in order to give her daughters the best nutrition she could get. And her daughters were beautiful, with perfect teeth, and a lovely disposition. She didn’t feed her girls the crapnastiness that most of the poorer villagers ate. She stayed true to her native traditions and fished for her girls before working another job through the day. That’s dedication.

I know that money can sometimes be tight and we have to be super conscientious about how we are spending it. However, we CAN find other ways to cut spending out of our budget to make room for increased spending on high quality food. The daily Starbucks? Bring your own coffee from home. Eating out at work every day? Bring your lunch. It’ll be better quality than what you find out in restaurants anyway.  The point is, there are creative ways to eat healthy.

And there are ways to eat high quality foods without the high price tag. I’ve made my own organic yogurt and kefir and kombucha. They’re pretty easy to do. If you’re doing the paleo thing, sweet potatoes and bananas are pretty cheap and filling. They’re also great carbs. I don’t have to buy pasta and rice and bread anymore (okay, hubby sometimes buys bread or the kids rebel. Not at me. They know I won’t budge. But he’s still living a bit on the dark side. I’ll get him to the mother ship soon enough.)

The point of this short story made long? Eat well. Feed your family well. You’re family will thank you. (Okay, no they really won’t. Mostly they will roll their eyes. Especially if they are teenagers who love ramen noodles.) Your dentist will thank you. Your health care provider will not only thank you. They will rarely see you, which is even more of a bonus. So, life really is too short to eat mealy apples. Definitely go for the pink lady!