5 Ways To Eat Organic On A Budget
If there’s one thing I learned from spending an evening with Food52 and Amy’s Kitchen, it’s that making the decision to eat nutritious foods doesn’t only impact your health. Chef Cohen made an important point: every time we buy healthy foods, we’re voting with our dollars and telling the entire grocery industry which products we support.
One of the biggest deterrents from eating organic is the price. There’s a reason why Whole Foods is know as
But, there are affordable ways to eat good food. Here are five of my favorites:
1. Eat Local
There’s nothing like knowing exactly where your food comes from, but visiting your local farmer’s market has so many other perks. (Find your local market here!) The food is fresher, so it will last longer. You can also get more for your money, potentially double the food for what you pay for in the grocery store. I don’t know how many times I came home wondering how I was going to eat all of the food I purchased before it goes bad. Which brings me to my next point…
There’s no reason to let fresh food go to waste. Freezing food before it goes bad is a great way to save money. I usually have leafy greens like spinach and kale and fruit like berries and bananas leftover at the end of the week. Instead of tossing them in the trash, I throw them in Ziploc freezer bags to use for smoothies and baking later on. During the summer, I love making a batch of soup with leftover farmer’s market veggies and freezing it for winter.
3. Eat Seasonal
Have you ever noticed that the tomatoes you get in winter are usually lacking color and flavor, but the tomatoes in summer are red and delicious? Eating food in season has so many benefits. Instead of being picked before they’re ripe and shipped halfway around the world, the foods are fresher and full of nutrients. They are also much cheaper in season. Check out the seasonal produce guide here.
4. Know When Conventional Foods Are Okay
While it’s best if you're able to buy all organic everything, I know it’s not always easy or affordable. The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen is a helpful list of foods that can guide you towards where you should splurge and when you should save. The Dirty Dozen are twelve foods that are more susceptible to chemicals and pesticides so you should eat organic options when you can. The Clean Fifteen are conventional foods that have low pesticide residue so it’s okay to buy non-organic.
I know what you're thinking, but couponing doesn’t have to mean spending hours clipping newspapers or stock piling toilet paper and Hamburger Helper. There are sites, like Mambo Sprouts, that have printable coupons for organic foods. There's nothing better than eating healthy and saving money!