Food Stamps Cooking Club: Real People, Real Food?

March 26th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »


What’s on YOUR grocery list? Real food?

You may have seen information on the web recently about some marketers who are offering a new product called “Real Guys.  Real Money.”  You may be wondering what on earth that has to do with SNAP or WIC or Angel Food Ministries.  You might question how that relates to food commodities or food pantries.  What could that possibly have to do with YOU saving money on your grocery bill,  assisting you with s t r e t c h i n g your food budget…

I found an ad in our newspaper that just made me want to WEEP.  The ad was full of hype about how all our favorite food combinations are on sale this week end.  They fancy we should stampede through their doors and buy all this JUNK instead of real food.  Real people need real food!

The sad truth of the matter is that people WILL flock to stores everywhere to get what they can afford to buy to fill the tummies of the people they love best.  Here are just a few examples of what I mean:

  1. Young mommies will buy soy formulas for their babies
  2. Tired families will load their shopping carts with chips and crackers.
  3. Working men and women will purchase plastic packages of lunch meats.
  4. People of every size and shape will load up on soda pop.
  5. Shoppers will fill their pantries with canned soups.
  6. Hungry folks will buy peanut butter and cheese “food” that is filled with inedible materials.
  7. People who are determined to cook at home will opt for “helper” products which are loaded with toxicity.
  8. Those who do take time to eat breakfast will choose cold cereals that are devoid of nourishment.
  9. Shopping lists will include non-foods like margarine.

Shoppers will not make these choices because they are bad people.  They make these choices because they have become a habit, or they simply have not learned about the choices that would be better.  They choose the foods in our example because they can afford them.  AFTER ALL, THEY ARE LISTED IN THE SALE BILLS.  They buy these things because they presume that since the items sit on a grocery shelf, they are  automatically edible.

Not so.

Let me say that soy formulas, soy milk, soy products by any name are not good for human consumption because they interfere with hormonal function.

Chips and crackers are not good sources of vitamins or minerals, the fuel that makes the body go, no matter how good their advertising campaigns make them out to be.  Baked not fried?  No matter.  They are packaged, processed.  NO GOOD.

Soda pop and luncheon meats with all their toxic ingredients can ultimately lead to issues with the pancreas, neurological problems and dehydration.  Weight management is nearly impossible if soda pop is ingested.

Canned goods of every description are loaded with MSG or hydrolyzed protein or “emulsifiers” which might very well be powdered U.S. currency! As Jack Paar used to say, “I kid you not.”  Do you want your children eating toxic additives?  I don’t think so.

“Helper” products are a losing proposition.  The junk that is contained in those “cheap” boxes are not good for people.  You can help the flavor of the foods you cook by adding salt and pepper and spices that do not cost a fortune.  Even when helper products are offered at ‘Ten for a Dollar’ you have to know you are buying trouble!

Cold cereals are convenient, to be sure.  But they are processed and so not nutritious.  You can cook up a pot of hot cereal quick as a bunny if only you PLAN AHEAD.  And you will save a king’s ransom!

Are you  using margarine?  It’s plastic.  Cheap peanut butter has lard in it. Your body has no way of digesting margarine and lard clogs up all your plumbing.  Butter is a much better option.  Real peanut butter is far more preferable.  In the long run, these items will be cheaper.

The bottom line is that real people need real food.  Whole food.  Fresh food, if it’s available.  Frozen is acceptable; use canned if you must.

In 1936 our own government declared that the soils used for agriculture was depleted.  How much more depleted must they be by now?  It is really important that we grow as much of our own food as possible and where that is not feasible, we must find real food for our tables.  Even then, supplementation is critically important.

It’s possible your grocery list has now been seriously affected.  I hope you’ll consider these points and adjust your shopping list accordingly, because YOU are an important feature of the Food Stamps Cooking Club.  We want you to be well and happy!

BTW, this post is sponsored by Real Guys Real Money. Maybe you can check them out after you put your groceries away?  Tell them Mother Connie sent you…

Connie Baum

The FTC wants you to know there are links in this post.  Should they be clicked, resulting in sales, your humble blogger would be fairly compensated.  Please do your due diligence when conducting affairs online or offline.  Always do business with those you trust implicitly



  1. Carol M says:

    I just did an inventory of my cold cereal:
    -Aldi’s “cheerios” 110 calories/1 g fiber
    -Aldi’s honey nut “cheerios” 110 cal/ 2 fiber
    -Honey bunches of oats raisin medley 200 calories/2 fiber
    – Fiber one honey clusters 160/13
    -Fiber one raisin bran 170/11
    – Kellogg’s raisin bran 190/7
    -Wheaties 100/3
    -Corn chex 120/1
    -cinnamon chex 120/0 fiber
    – Total cranberry crunch190/4
    -Total blueberry pomogranet 170/4
    -Pampa (a generic thru Angel food)corn flakes 115/0 fiber

    I then looked at the ingredients of each box, and compared to Aldi’s quick oats, and Cream of wheat cook style that I have.

    The cold cereals have 100-200 calories/serving. These are all whole grain cereals. Some, not all, use HFCS or corn syrup. Some use honey and/or sugar.

    Comparing to the oats that have 150 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 4 grams fiber and to the cream of wheat that has 130 calories, 0 fat. I also have whole grain cr of wheat with 100 calories/4 fiber.

    Fiber 1, Raisin bran and total cereals certainly lead the pack nutritionally and are in the running with quick oats, whole grain cream of wheat.

    Are cold cereals a mainstay here? No, too expensive (latest acquisition was the honey bunches raisin medley for $1 out the door after sale and double cpn)but are reasonable, filling snacks for teens who are bottomless pits.

    An interesting discussion. : ) I learned that the rice krispies, corn flakes, cheerios adn even Wheaties aren’t all that great, fiber wise and I should be seeking alternatives.

  2. Webmaster says:

    I love everything about you, Carol, but what I love the most is that you are disciplined enough to do your due diligence! Thanks for all that info.

    Teenagers will eat most anything most any time, it’s true.

    In my own experience, most of these items lack enough protein on their own to get me through the first 3 hours after I eat them. The same is true for waffles, pancakes, and other carbs.

    Cold cereals, even the store brands are so high priced, that it is OBSCENE. When foods are processed, they are rendered mostly devoid of nutritional value.

    I just LOVE hearing from you, Carol. You are sooooo pragmatic and such a good manager that you are to be greatly admired by all!

    Big Hugs,
    Mother Connie

  3. WritewhereUr says:

    I agree with you Connie. We all could learn to lean much more heavily on adding Real Food to our very real bodies who crave the nutrition that only real foods have in them.

    We’ve all been brainwashed into thinking that convenience is the way to go; it’s not. We all are guilty at times of falling for that.

    Thanks for the reminder that we can all do better. Carol M. you go girl…you are a fact finder for sure…that information makes a person pause a bit, doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing it!

  4. Webmaster says:

    Yes, Ma’am. This must have struck a nerve because we have been inundated with “unwanted” comments AKA spam!

    Part of what we do here is to serve people who use public assistance to fund their grocery budgets or those who want help keeping their food costs to a minimum. We would be remiss if we did not educate along the way.

    Rainy, when we grow up, let’s be more like Carol. She is THE most organized mom I know!

    It’s going to be fun to see all the feedback folks come up with! Thanks for coming by, Rainy, and do hurry back!

    Mother Connie

  5. mikemax says:

    I’ll bet you have been getting lots of spam! (vs. Spam, LOL).

    If you saw my grocery basket on any given shopping trip, you would find a lot of produce, some fresh meat, dairy, etc. Not too much packaged food, but probably some non-sugared cereals…if they were on sale for under $2 box. The operative word is “some.” Yes, we do eat them, but not every day. Today, for instance, is going to be Cream of Wheat with frozen blueberries. Other days it might be eggs, or French toast, or pancakes…with something else so we don’t poop out by 10 a.m. None of these breakfasts are much more effort than cold cereal, most give us more staying power and most are as cheap, or cheaper…even with a cereal coupon. But, as I said, we do eat non-sugared cold cereal, too.

    I think the key is VARIETY in our meals. Moderation, too.

    Margarine? Unless you buy real margarine–Nucoa is the only national brand that is still real–you’re paying for a lot of water and chemicals. Even real margarine isn’t great because the hardeners aren’t good for you. But it probably won’t kill you, either. Again, VARIETY and moderation are the key. Note: BUTTER TASTES BETTER. Bought on sale, it’s about the price of what passes for margarine.

    As for cheap peanut butter, mine’s the cheapest and there is no lard in it. There is a bit of sugar, but nothing like the amount in Jif, which tastes sweet to me. (Don’t like sweet peanut butter). It contains “less than 2%” “fully hydrogenated vegetable oils–rapeseed (canola), cottonseed and soybean”. Again, I’ll eat it–among a variety of foods and also in moderation. 2% of what little peanut butter I eat ain’t gonna kill me.

    I agree with you about soda pop (which we drink in moderation) and packaged lunch meats, which we never buy. They’re expensive and they taste groady.

    I think the point here is that many foods people commonly buy are nutritionally poor buys. Most people would save money and eat better by concentrating on fresh meats, dairy and produce. But, Hamburger Helper (bleeeech!) once a month isn’t going to kill them. Nor will cold cereal…but, again, there are tasty, cheaper choices that are nearly as quick and better nutritional buys. When I was a kid, cold cereal was a “treat,” not an everyday occurrence. Save it for Saturday morning cartoons while Mom sleeps in. Teach your kids to scramble an egg.

  6. mikemax says:

    PS What does “Real Guys Real Money” have to do with good nutrition? I clicked on that link just to see what I was criticizing, and gave up after 2 minutes or so with no mention of nutrition. I think this article would have had more impact if this internet marketing company had not been mentioned in the lead. Connie, it looked like you were selling something other than good nutrition on a food stamp budget. I have no problem with blog sponsorships–there are expenses to pay–but perhaps limiting that sponsorship to a line or two at the bottom, even in bold type….

  7. Webmaster says:

    Good to have you check in, Mikemax! You and I -and others– are PASSIONATE about keeping costs to a minimum and quality to the MAX.

    Your whole comment was fabulous but you really rocked it out with your closing line: “Teach your kids to scramble an egg.”
    I would only add to that: AND CLEAN UP THEIR MESS!

    We are obviously on the very same page! Thanks so much for coming by!

    Mother Connie

  8. Webmaster says:

    Mikemax, we never wish to offend anyone for any reason, so if you are offended, I am sorry.

    The reason that link is there is that there are bills to pay around the Club House and if someone who is on public assistance or in serious need might change their lives because of what they learn from clicking on a link, so be it. We are instruments of change here and it is an awesome responsibility we take very seriously.

    People can always hover over a link to see where it might take them. And nobody has to stay on the new page, either. If things resonate, that’s fine and dandy. If not–oh, well.

    Your honesty and candor are highly prized around here. Hurry back, Mikemax! We need all your input!

    Mother Connie

  9. mikemax says:

    OK, I lied–I had cold cereal for breakfast. By the time the rest of the slugs got up, I was out of the mood to cook ANYTHING, even something as simple as Cream of Wheat. (See, I can turn on a dime, LOL). So, I had a bowl of Kellogg’s raisin bran (7 grams of fiber) with a cup of nonfat milk, my usual two cups of tea and a whole orange (most of a whole orange–my dogs talked me out of some). It will NOT stay with me as well as hot cereal, but I’ll make it until lunch. At least I don’t have to learn long division at 11 a.m.!

    Those oranges were only .28 lb! That means a big one cost less than .15! Also, I keep mentioning non-sugared cereal. I never got upset if my kids added a teaspoon of sugar (18 calories)–but Froot Loops, NOT!

    I’m with you on cleaning up after themselves!!

  10. Carol M says:

    The kicker is that I thought I was choosing the healthy cereals over the fluorescent junk that clutters the cereal aisle. Wheaties really aren’t all that marvelous, and Rice Krispies-those will be leaving my cart. We will use up what we have this month (really a teen snack more than anything else)and I’ll be much more vigilent about reading labels.Minimally, I now want cold cereals to have 4 grams fiber/serving, which is comparable to cr of wheat or quick oats.

    What did I have for bfst today? 1 cup OJ, 2 cups coffee (fighting off a migraine, it’s usually just one), 1 packet apple oatmeal thru Angel food, a small yogurt.

    kids and Dh each had 2 packets of the apple oats. DH had coffee, kids had cocoa, which I am pushing to use up before it gets to be too hot weather for cocoa.

  11. Webmaster says:

    Oh, Mikemax…I’m only the FOODIE Mother Connie, not the Mother Superior. I don’t have to do confession here….grin/giggle…And anyway, I seriously doubt that the food police or the kitchen police have their eye on you. LOL

    Kudos for finding GOOD oranges at a good price! What a FIND!

    I knew you’d be all about kids cleaning up after themselves.

    It’s so great that we all can meet like this. Would that you could ALL be in the Club House at one time. Looking at our growing list of names, though, it will be tricky to coordinate!

    Mother Connie

  12. Webmaster says:

    We all had good breakfasts today…at 1:30 AM, mind you, we feasted on scrambled eggs with cheese, one waffle square with MikeMax’s homemade syrup and grape juice.

    Carol, that cocoa does not have to be served hot. Kids like iced chocolate drinks for breakfast when the weather is warm. Come to think of it, so do I! LOL I often make extra cocoa with the idea in mind of stashing some in quart jars in order to have it for cold drinks later.

    I love you guys. Your comments make me feel as if we have had phone conversations this morning! Thanks, everyone!

    You do realize that this blog would not have near the impact that it does were it not for YOU, don’t you?

    Mother Connie

  13. WritewhereUr says:

    Carol, I hear ya. It is amazing how our perceptions of items are not always what the actual products contain.

    My breakfast was 1 slice of Aunt Millies 12 whole grain toast, 1/2 cup of frozen berries slightly defrosted with 1 tablespoon of cottage cheese (Id’ve had more cottage cheese but, that was all that was left) lol

    Such is life! Oh yeah and 1 cup of coffee and earlier one cup of mint tea!

  14. Webmaster says:

    See, now that sound scrumptious, Rainy, but that wouldn’t give me enough protein to throw papers unless I globbed some peanut butter onto Aunt Millie’s toast…my mint tea is a treat I reserve for after lunch.

    I guess I have to say I’m shocked you don’t eat EGGS three times a day every day, what with your bumper crop o chicks!

    Now I would love to go peek into everyone’s fridges…isn’t there a show like that on TV someplace? I just think it’s interesting to see how different we all are but still how much we are the SAME.

    You people have TRIPPED my TRIGGER. Love Love Love this sense o community.

    Mother Connie

  15. mikemax says:

    Connie, how about a separate “what did you eat for breakfast?” thread? My idea is that we could demonstrate breakfast ideas (the good, the bad and the truly ugly, LOL) on a budget. We could do a similar lunch thread next week. I’m warning ya–we’re eating a lot more eggs than usual this week. I got 2 dozen fresh out of the hen and they are soooooooo good!