Sunday 29 November, 2020

7 tips for eating organic on a tight budget

Going organic and all-natural on a tight budget is tough but the fact of the matter is eating organic is not only better for you (nobody wants to eat pesticides) but better for the environment as well.

So how do you do it without going flat broke? Though it may seem impossible, it is definitely doable.

Here are some tips to help you out:

  1. Grow your own

If you can at all, try to grow your own produce. You can save so much money on vegetables if you invest some time into a small kitchen garden. You can purchase garden seeds or seedlings from local businesses. Some of us are in the city with little to no garden space but you can try growing your bell peppers and tomatoes in pots. Raised beds are another great way to pack a lot of veggies into a small space. Not sure how to get started? Google can be your best friend!

  1. Pick and choose

Buying only organic foods may not be financially possible for most households. Decide which foods you absolutely must buy organic then opt for a healthy version of the rest of your grocery items.

  1. Do it yourself, rather than buying

Make your own organic granola bars, kale chips, smoothies to replace store-bought ones. You can even make your own coconut, almond and cashew milk which would cost you way less.

  1. Use your freezer

Buy local produce when in season and freeze to save for out of season. We all know that fruits and vegetables are more expensive when out of season. You can also freeze your leftovers which gives them a longer life span and saves you from cooking multiple times in a week.

  1. Buy in Bulk

Anything bought in bulk is cheaper

  1. Buy local

Local food can be significantly cheaper than imported foods so stop by the market on a Saturday. There are always deals you can take advantage of.

  1. Stop wasting food, store properly to increase life span
  • Raw nuts should be kept in the refrigerator to last longer without going rancid.
  • Buy and keep bananas separated from one another, they spoil slower.
  • Turn almond butter, yogurt, and tahini containers upside down when stored in the fridge – this creates a vacuum seal, keeping them fresh longer
  • Do not throw away nut meal from homemade nut milk – use it for smoothies, baked goods or to make nut flours by placing the pulp on a baking sheet and drying it out in a 250-degree oven.
  • Repurpose vegetable pulp from juicing to add fiber to soups, smoothies or make crackers or bread.
  • Placed limp celery and baby carrots in water with a slice of potato to make them crunchy again.
  • Keep all organic citrus fruits in the fridge – they will last up to 1-2 weeks longer.
  • Do not wash organic dark leafy greens or berries until they are ready to consume.
  • Store herbs and spring onions upright in a large glass filled with an inch of water
  • Learn tips and recipes on how to use over the edge food. For examples banana bread with overripe bananas.
  • If you know you will not have a chance to eat it, freeze food before it goes bad.
  • Compost all food waste to put nutrients back in your garden (you will spend less on fertilizer).

If you know someone who is struggling to eat organic because of the cost please share this article with them!

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