NUTRITION: EATING ORGANIC ON A BUDGET
I'm not going to lie it is definitely more of an investment, and investment it is. What sparked this post was seeing $8.99 for one organic cauliflower and $6.99 for a small head of broccoli the other day at my regular organic grocer. No wonder people shy away from eating organic, I couldn't believe these prices (and I'm a avid organic consumer so not a lot shocks me). I was shocked. Unfortunately due to the bizarre weather being experienced all over the world, these prices reflect our planets troubles. For the majority of us these are unattainable, even if we value it above many other expenses (Which we do in our home).
Even though I truly value organic produce and choose to eat almost exclusively organic and local, I can't bring myself to spend over fifteen dollars on two small heads of cruciferous vegetables, which will be gone in a day or two! I know this season is a difficult time for vegetables, and prices do tend to rise, but these are a little crazy.
I truly wish organic prices weren't so high, but I for see this being a reality for the time being. GMO agriculture is over taking our crops, food supply and grocery stores. I'm hopeful though, and optimistic about a global shift of consciousness and choice. I could go on and on about this, but what I wanted to share today is my top tips for eating organic on a budget. It's not always easy, and it will take more work and time, but I promise you it will be worth it in every way. When it comes down to the large picture, health is wealth.
Dirty Dozen + Clean Fifteen
This will always be my number one tip for people looking to cut down on organic produce costs. The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen are the top foods, in their respective lists, that when purchasing produce should be followed. They are updated every year and are great guides to follow when out shopping. With the dirty dozen I like to tell people to always purchase organic apples, greens, and berries, the rest just be mindful of the source and buy local when you can.
Eat in Season
This speaks to those precious broccoli's up above! They are not in season and with the growing conditions as they are right now reflects their astronomical prices. Eating in season will always drive down your grocery bills. Tis' the season for more root veggies, asaparagus, brussels, collards, kale, squash, pears, kiwis and citrus! Embrace the seasons and eat with Mother Nature and her cycles.
Buy Organic Frozen Produce
I always buy organic wild berries which you can find at most grocery stores for a lot cheaper. Further some organic greens and squashes are a lot less as well and they are more readily available. Be mindful of where they are coming from and don't shy away from frozen foods if they are organic and contain no preservatives. These companies are conscious about retaining the nutrients and preserving all of the fruits and vegetables potent nutrients.
These is where some of the work comes in! I'm not going to lie this takes a little bit more time than doing all of your shopping in one place on one specific day of the week. I consider myself a serial grocery shopper! If I know organic lettuce is cheaper at one shop, but avocados and kale cheaper at another I will go to both. I'm very strategic about it, and try to optimize my time and day, and because I value this way of eating I don't mind spending more time shopping around. I also know most grocers around the city by know, therefore I know where I can get my organics that are the highest of quality, and most budget friendly.
I hope some of these tips help you on your Organic journey! It's my wish that everyone, everywhere is able to incorporate more organics into their lives. It's not about being perfect, and it's not a exclusive lifestyle. A few small changes go a long, long way.