“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”
During my Hawaiian staycation this summer, I decided to explore parts of the island, that I seldom visit. Always hearing rave reviews about our CityBus transportation system in Hawaii, yours truly ventured into Honolulu’s China Town.
After attending a CrossFit sponsored, Paleo cooking course, this summer, I was privy to some helpful advice on where to purchase affordable fresh fruits, vegetables, poultry and meat. Apparently, the fruit that was not aesthetically appealing for the Whole Foods and/or local grocery chains, found their way to China Town.
Always budget minded, thrifty savvy and a fan of a great bargain, I hopped onto the #56 towards town. Spending only $5 roundtrip on transportation and not having to pay for parking, I am already saving money! Ready to fill my reusable shopping bag with wonderful Paleo friendly finds. While I am a fan of the fancy organic food chains, it can get rather expensive. Especially in Hawaii, home of the $8 Cap’N Crunch and $10 milk. I am a single mama, so the more money I save, the better off my family will be.
Perfectly Priced Paleo
Picking Out Papayas
Strolling the Fresh Fish Markets
A few bruises on my bananas don’t bother me, what was on the inside is what counted.
Who knew how much fun one could have going on a budget friendly Paleo hunt could be? Anyone, who argues with me, eating healthy is far too expensive, is welcome to join me on my grocery adventures.
Your value meal item may only cost $1, but so does a juicy ripe peach. Which would be better for you in the long term?
I highly recommend the documentary Food Inc., where the director pinpoints this very idea. Food for thought for you. If you don’t invest in your nutrition now, you will pay later. Keep in mind, quality food can be costly, but have you seen the price for heart surgery? Reframe your views and you will change your life in the long term.
Every where I turned, stands of local avocados, mangoes, papayas, bok choy, kale, freshly caught fish from the Pacific ocean, spices, etc. filled all my senses. Intoxicated by the sweet smell of fruits and colorful vegetables.
Dining well and following a “clean” diet, requires careful planning. However, searching for ingredients in the outdoor markets, was incredibly fun. China Town Paleo Hunting is a MUST on the bucket list.
Paleo Hunting for real food on a budget can not only save you money, but you could have a wonderful time exploring new neighborhoods in your area. Sometimes, I have to buckle down on my finances, so going on vacations turn into staycations. It is always fun to explore different neighborhoods of your city.
All my life, I have loved people watching. What better place to watch people, than in the heart of downtown Honolulu. When you find yourself in a vibrant community, you cannot help but feel completely alive yourself.
When you are strolling for food, there is no rush. You can take your time! I love moments like this, when Jack is with his dad. I could spend hours strolling through all the markets, food courts and basking in a little me time.
So Sweet Cicilians, how do you manage balancing a budget and cooking healthy meals for you and your family?
My Paleo Chicken Brings All The Boys To The Yard
Slowly, but surely, I am working towards my fitness and personal settings. Eating clean, cardio and lifting weights, is the ultimate trifecta and transformation.
Watch my VLOG below, as I in search for ingredients for my mouther watering Paleo Chicken!