Fridays are supposed to be all about food and fitness on my blog.

The problem comes when I am not feeling very motivated in either of those areas and feel like I am lacking in information to share.

I have been sick for six weeks.

I haven’t cooked “real” food in about that long.

I have exercised sporadically – trying to keep up with the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge in the midst of being sick.

I haven’t been to the grocery store, other than to grab things like milk and bread in at least that long.

But there is one thing that has saved me from eating terribly – my local produce co-op.

Even when I can’t get to the store – I can pick up my produce bag every other week that is full of healthy options.

There is always fruit for my kids to snack on. There are always veggies that we can grab.

And that means that we are still eating (somewhat) healthily in the midst of my blah-ness.


One of the keys to healthy eating is having healthy options available, and one of the best ways I have found to have these options available is to participate in the Community Helpings Co-Op  available in my area. I get a wonderful assortment of fruits and veggies every other week – and even get to try some new things that I might not have tried otherwise. The quality of the produce is amazing, and much of it will last the entire two weeks without going bad, which is much more than I can say for the produce I have purchased at grocery stores.

If you live in the St. Louis area, there is likely a co-op in your vicinity. Just check the link above for a list of communities that participate in the co-op.

If you aren’t in the St. Louis area, do some checking online and asking your friends. My sister in the Des Moines area has found Bountiful Baskets, which has locations a number of places around the country. My friend in Indianapolis has found Green Bean Delivery. There is likely something in your area that will help you get quality produce into your house for a reasonable price.

And having it available is half the battle.

The other half is just making the choice to eat it instead of processed, unhealthy foods. But that’s a blog post for another day.