Ted and Sharon Broer

Dr. Ted Broer and his wife Sharon have a book on the market titled “The Maximum Energy Cookbook”, which I bought for my husband as a Christmas gift a few years ago. This book has become the gift that keeps on giving. Following the advice of Sharon and Ted my family suffers from far fewer headaches, intestinal cramping and allergic reactions.

I want to share some key points that have put my family on the path to better health.

It’s a new year and many people have made resolutions pertaining to dieting and exercise, and that is great, but the number one killer of our health improvement goals is our choices in what foods we put into our bodies. Sharon says “In most cases, it’s not what you eat between Christmas and New Year’s Day that hurts you; it’s what you eat between New Year’s Day and Christmas that damages your body”. It’s not the sweet treats of the holiday season that expands our waist line and raise our cholesterol levels; it’s what we choose to nourish our bodies with all of the other 358 days of the year.

It is not an easy task changing eating habits, but it is a fundamental one for a healthy lifestyle. I have taken Sharon and Ted Broer’s tips and have customized it to work on a frugal budget. In this post I will focus on healthy dairy choices.


In the book Sharon and Ted advise the reader to shop at whole food markets, organic produce markets or your cleanest grocery store…in that order. Shop at the cleanest grocery stores because based on my research of the other two stores I simply cannot afford (at this point) to feed my family on the prices offered at whole food and organic markets. Below I will list the options given by the Broer’s for purchasing the healthiest dairy food products.

In the book they notated their choices in number order so the number listed beside each item in this post will let you know if they suggested a better option. Number 1 will equal their first choice, number 2 their second and so forth and so on. If I did not choose number 1 in any of the categories it is because I could not afford to pay the market price for certain items without increasing my grocery budget.

My Dairy Shopping List Based on the Broer’s Suggestions

Milk: Non-fat Dry Milk (3) $12.99 a box at around $2.50 a gallon
Low fat Milk (4) $3.50 a Gallon

Buttermilk: Grocery Store (2) $2.99

Butter: Grocery store brand without dyes (3) $1.89 for 4 sticks

Cheese:Cheese with only milk cultures and salt without dyes (2) $2.99 a lb.

(Avoid cheese slices and processed cheese. Basically but the lightest cheeses from the deli counter.)

Yogurt: Raw or organic sweetened with fruit juice (2)

( I am trying to make mine at home based on the recipe found at http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/)

Eggs: Grocery store natural eggs (2)


  1. Anonymous says

    Good morning, Hadias! I just read the first chapter of “Thrift in the Household”. Enjoyed it very much!…& let’s hope I can keep up & follow through this time. I started out OK on “Adventures in Thrift”, but I’m afraid making time for it so close to Christmas was impossible for me.



  2. Milehimama says

    I use Hillbilly Housewife’s recipe for making yogurt. To incubate it, I boil a full teakettle of water and put it in the oven on the rack right below the yogurt mix. It seems to warm things up enough for us (I was worried about the children getting into it if I put it in a cooler or something).


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