Health Lifestyle

Weekly Groceries / Local vs. Organic

So a friend of mine actually suggested I make a “what I buy in a week” vid where I basically bring you all grocery shopping with me. All fun and games til the woman at the grocery store told me if I wanted to film I’d have to fill in a request form… like loool eeefff dat. So I continued filming sneakily anyway cuz ain’t no one gonna stand in the way of my hopes and dreams. Not even you Franny. (shout out to Franny she’s just doing her job and probs bitter cuz working in a grocery store isn’t fun :/ #prayforfranny). Anyway, I made a whole video and even rambled on at the end about choosing local verses organic, but I’m still new to this vlog stuff so I feel like it hasn’t been truly covered til I actually type it out and write in on my blog (you feel me?). So here’s a quick mini blog post about it and you’ll find the full vid at the bottom πŸ™‚Β 

 

I pretty much buy the same stuff every week. Of course dry ingredients I only buy maybe every few weeks and stock up, and things like packs of flaxseeds will last me maybe a month or two. Here’s the low-down of my kitchen must-haves. (obviously there’s a lot more, but there are theΒ essentialsΒ AKA if I’m out of any of these I will literally drop everything and anything to go get some).

Fruit

  • lemons
  • apples
  • bananas
  • whatever’s in season (currently berries)

Veggies

  • spinach
  • carrots
  • celery
  • tomatoes
  • avocado
  • zucchini

Nuts/seeds

  • almonds
  • flaxseeds
  • chia seeds
  • peanut butter
  • tahini

Beans/grains

  • chickpeas
  • kidney beans
  • oats

Other

  • Tofu
  • soy yogurt
  • soy milk

Local or organic?!

Alright so I go on a rant about this in my video (down below) buuuut in case you don’t want to sit through my ramble or my ramble made no sense (quite possible) here is my 3 sentence summary of what I managed to talk about for 6 minutes:

I always opt for Swiss produce, even if it isn’t organic, since I find that locally grown produce will be fresh and I’d rather have something grown 10km from me, non-organically, than something organic, picked before being ripe, spending 2 days in a plane, another 3 days in a bus being brought all the way from god knows where.

If Swiss grown produce isn’t available I then go for organic, especially if it’s something I’ll be eating raw with the skin.

When deciding between 2 products I usually go for the one grown closest (other than bananas and ginger) I usually buy produce only grown in Europe to limit my carbon footprint.

All in all, I’m a student on a student budget, so I try to do as best I can in terms of supporting local farmers, reducing my carbon footprint and limiting my consumption of pesticides, but ya know,Β I ain’t rich n’ famous yet, soΒ gotta make certain compromises here and there.

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