Welcome back to part one of the four part series on 'the price of eating clean in Turkey'.
What a week!
I started my Kamp Kamila Fitness Challenge and with that the diet to go with it.
As I said in the last post, the introduction to this series, I will be updating you on my food choices, options available to me here in Turkey as well as the costs incurred and the types of dishes that I was able to prepare with the foods bought.
So here goes... reveal time!
Shopping at an International Grocery Chain, Migros, and a National Chain, A101, I picked up these items mostly comprising fruits and vegetables.
- 100% Whole Grain Bread
- Fresh mixed Nuts
Considering that I bought from an International chain as well as from two national chains, it was pretty affordable.
These items like most fruits and vegetables are priced by the kilo. And as a result, I was able to buy stock that would last more than one week.
So, let's take a look at the round up, shall we?
Grand Total? ... 126.09TL
Of course the kilo of mixed unsalted nuts spiked the price because without this item which is considered a delicacy in the Middle East, the bill would have been 76.59 TL.
I am still pretty impressed with what I got and with what I paid.
Many of these items after being used in my meals for the week are still in my fridge guaranteeing me a second week of use.
The bag of spinach for about 7TL surprised me too... in a good way. It was pretty dense and full so I was not cheated on the contents and certainly came in handy in pretty much every meal from breakfast to dinner.
Compared to Barbados
As for Barbados comparisons, I certainly think that Turkey was way cheaper by at least 60%. Items like pomegranates of course are not a staple in the Caribbean and so would cost an obscene amount of money. Obscene.
Let me explain. If you want to buy another 'specialty' item like asparagus, that will usually run you easily into the 100 BDS range ... for 10 stalks. That's is about 50 USD. The pomegranate would price similarly for maybe around 25 BDS for just one.
So with a kilo of apples and onions coming up to below 5TL, you must understand that there is no comparison on price in terms of looking for any similarities.
Turkey is as cheap a place that you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables.
Again these items were bought in one International Food Chain and two National chains. The majority (90%) were bought in Migros and the rest, (eggs, bulgur, nuts and bread) in the other two.
Sooo... what did you have cooking?
Pictured, we also have pomegranate seeds and pear for a light snack/meal; bulgur rice, steamed broccoli, carrots and steamed fish; sauteed spinach with onions seasoned with black pepper, stir fried potatoes with chicken and lastly some of the fresh kilo of fish that I bought.
These meals and snacks, pretty much made up my week of menu items.
I thoroughly enjoyed each meal as they were seriously as tasty as they were pretty to look at.
I hope that was useful for you as I continue to explore the price of eating healthy in Turkey. Next week, I focus on market prices and goods to learn if buying straight from the farmer is better.