Learn how author and blogger Lisa Leake managed to feed her entire family for 100 days with no processed foodâ€¦and stay on budget.
- Lisa Leake took on achallenge to eliminate
processed foods from her family's diet.
When naysayers said itwould break the bank,
she set out to prove them wrong.
Take a look at this.
- [Narrator] Lisa Leakeis a popular blogger,
wife, and busy mom of two.
Eight years ago, Lisagot a huge wake up call
when she learned the truthabout processed foods.
She made simple changes and started
using real foods without overspending.
In her cookbook, 100 Daysof Real Food on a Budget,
Lisa shares cost saving tips and recipes
for making tasty dishes withlocal, whole ingredients.
- Well joining me now is theauthor of 100 Days of Real Food
on a Budget, it's such a great cookbook.
Lisa Leake, it's great tohave you with us today.
- Thank you so much for having me.
- Tell me, what was itthat set you on a journey
to try to not eat processed foods?
- Well back in 2010, I actuallyhad a huge wake up call
where I realized a lot ofwhat I thought was healthy
and what I was feeding my family
was actually highly processedso I just felt compelled
to completely overhaul our diet.
- Wow, did you, in thebeginning, were you concerned
about the, did you think you could do it
and keep the price down?
- Oh, I lost sleep at nightwondering how I was gonna
do this, I mean, I really hadto relearn how to food shop
and cook for our familyso doing it on a budget
kind of came after I figured out.
- [Terry] So first the unprocessed foods,
then how do I do thison a reasonable budget.
So what are some tips that you can give
us for staying on budget?
- Well, planning ahead is so important.
I mean, not only doesit help you save money
but it's gonna help you cutout processed foods as well.
And I also think it's importantto utilize those budget
ingredients and being creative with them.
So bananas, beans, watermelon,there's a lot of really
budget friendly real foodingredients out there.
- Yeah, I love the fact thatyou've done the homework
for us and that because I'm,I don't really have time
to explore those things andso if they're kind of iffy
in my own mind, I justdon't ever get to them,
but when someone likeyou comes along and says,
I did this and it's tasty,I'm willing to go there.
You talk also in the bookabout the nice to haves
versus the good to have.
What are some good to have things on hand?
- Yes, so, well, I reallythink it's important to reduce
the nice to haves, so youknow, meat, for example,
is a big ticket item andyou don't have to have that
every day of the week or everymeal and if you can reduce
how often you have it,that will help save money.
I also think sweet treatsfalls in that category--
- [Terry] Sadly.
- I know, I know, and sodo flavored beverages.
Those are three areaswhere it's really easy
to reduce the cost.
- Because flavored beveragesare really a big deal
right now and it's reallykind of flavor water.
- I know, and I actually havesome recipes in this book
to make your own flavoredbeverages for little to nothing
so you can save and not buyall those canned things.
- Some of us, and I'm oneof them, I just admit,
grew up with, you know, youhave meat, you have a starch
of some kind, you have avegetable, a salad if you're
really going great guns for the evening.
Did you have to breakyour own thinking mold
to serve a meal without meat as the main?
- Yes, absolutely.
As I said, I had to relearnhow to food shop and cook
so this book actually hasa lot of meat free meals
that are hearty enough you don't feel
like you're missing anything.
I have a spinach lasagnadish, for example,
and just being creative andcoming up with those meals
where you don't feel likesomething is missing took time.
- Now, I know that this is a work of love
and you've been doing itfor some time but you know,
a lot of people hearing whatwe're talking about today
would say well I might dothat but my family wouldn't.
Did you have to convince your family?
- Well, I think because Iwas the one sort of making
all the decisions and buyingall the food and cooking
all of it for the most part, that helped.
But I also think explainingto them the why behind this,
I think, you know, especiallywith your spouse or older kids
they want to be healthyand do the right thing
and so it's important to getthem on board and not just
force them along the way.
- So what are some thingsyou think your family learned
from eating on a budget,eating good food on a budget?
- Well we learned so much.
I think that I learned thatfood waste is a huge issue.
I mean, all the foodthat you're throwing out
at the end of the week, thefresh vegetables that you had
good intentions and didn'teat, that is throwing money
down the drain and I alsolearned how much money
you can save by growingyour own herbs, for example,
rather than spendingthree dollars every time
you needed a fresh herb for a recipe,
you could just pick off your own plant.
And I also think, again, as we mentioned,
planning ahead, I can notemphasize that enough.
That is key.
- You know, I think formost women, more than men,
because of the most part, Iknow there are more and more
men who cook today, or preparemeals, but for the most part,
it's women and I thinkeverybody would like to be able
to help their family bea little bit healthier
in what they're doing.
What would you say is thebiggest thing that keeps us
from doing that, is it really the cost
or is it the planning?
- Well, I honestly thinkit's making the change.
I think any big change in your life,
whether you're moving to a new city,
starting a new job, it canfeel kind of overwhelming
until you really justdive in and I do think
it can eventually become your new normal
once you get over thathump and it is so worth it.
- So kind of dive in,let yourself acclimate.
- Don't overthink it, just get started.
And don't get so overwhelmedthat you want to give up.
Remember that any smallchange is better than none.
You know, you won't have to overthink it
because Lisa's thought of it all for you.
It's all in he new book, 100Days of Real Food on a Budget.
I don't know about you, Ilike to just read cookbooks
and this one is so awesome,everything is done for you.
Beautiful pictures, by the way.
It's so nicely done.
If you collect cookbooks like I do,
you're gonna wanna addthis to your collection.
But if you'd like yourfamily to eat healthy
and be able to afford it, it's available
in stores nationwide.
Lisa, thank you so much for being with us.
- Thank you for having me.
- [Terry] You alwaysbring such good wisdom.
I'm gonna apply it.