Today, more and more people choose organic foods over commercially produced ones. Since they are traditionally grown, organic produce are fresher, healthier, environment friendly and best of all, they are free of chemicals, preservatives and additives. Organic produce cost more than their commercially produced counterparts, but with a little creativity, it is definitely possible to eat more organic food without breaking the budget. Below are some ways on how to do so.
Buying locally: Local farmers will always have produce that are in season. Farmers often offer great prices for these, so you might want to take advantage of it.
Buying on bulk: Most health grocery stores often sell organic produce in bulk. These can offer big savings especially on items such as whole spices and herbs. You might want to stock up on those since they don’t expire. Yes, it may be impractical at first to buy a sack of organic brown rice, but if you eat it frequently, you will be surprised to see your savings once you computer how much the cost is per serving. You can also buy fresh organic produce like fresh fruits in bulk and make preserves and jams.
Prioritizing what organic food to buy: Unknown to many, there are certain foods that are more likely to contain harmful residues of fertilizers and pesticides. Meat and dairy products such as butter are some examples of these. If you’re in a tight budget, it is better to buy organic meats and organic dairy products than organic produce. You can wash fruits and vegetables, but you can’t do that with a stick of butter or cheese.
Eating more vegetables: Organic vegetables are much cheaper than organic meats. If you eat more organic grains and vegetables than organic meats, you’ll naturally spend much less. Limiting your meat intake is not only healthy for your body, it is also healthy for your wallet as well.
Growing your own vegetables: If growing a mini farm seems overwhelming, just start with herbs and small produce such as tomatoes and chilis. Encourage your kids to help you to make it more fun.