So many of you think that healthy eating is costly. I hear it almost every day. People who haven’t even tried to buy organic says it’s expensive. Don’t let word of mouth make decisions for you. You should always doyour own research before buying into someone else’s ideology. Feeling unsure at first is normal because you’re venturing into the unknown and the only information you have is, “It’s expensive.”
I have some tips that will make buying organic a lot easier.
1. Lookup the "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean 15."
The Dirty Dozen is a list of fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue.These are the things you should buy organic.The Clean 15 is a list of produce that you don’t have to buy organic because they have the least amount of residue.
2. Look through the sales papers.
It may seem foreign or old fashioned but you need to find the stores with the best deals.You wouldn’t purchase all of your clothes from one store, would you? (maybe some of you would but still…) Organic food is everywhere.
3. Know what you need.
Or at least have a clear idea.Find a couple of recipes.Make a list.We tend to spend more money when we go shopping and don’t know what we want.You start picking up things you usually don’t need, which adds up in the end.It probably ends up being wasted anyway.Let’s prevent that.
4. Purchase things in bulk.
When you see things on sale, purchase some for later.That includes canned goods, dry beans, grains, seeds, seasonings, etc.This is when you should go to Whole Foods.I find their grains& seasonings to be generally cheaper than most stores.Especially the quinoa.
5. Shop at your local farmers’ market.
The produce is fresher.That means less pesticides, GMOS, and hormones.You’ll have to shop seasonally although there may be some out-of-season foods available for you to buy.You will also see some new fruits & vegetables that you don’t normally see in grocery stores.Lately I’ve been looking for purple potatoes (it sounds weird but I want to try it) and I can’t find them at any grocery store.
So there it is! I typically spend about $20-$40 a week. It really depends on what I need because sometimes I’ll buy soy-free, vegan cheese or some super delicious almond milk yogurt. Stocking up on seasonings and different oils saved me a lot in the long run.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be a chore or make you bankrupt. You have to figure out what works for you. It’s not as difficult as it may seem. Just like Meatless Mondays you can start an Organic Wednesday or a Healthy Thursday (call it what you want, just do it).