How To Eat Organic On A Budget

5 Things to Know

Did you know that today is National Green Juice Day? To help you achieve your goal of getting fit in 2017, we have put together five great tips that will help you trim your waistline while also ensuring your budget doesn’t tip the scales.

Many people would like to eat better, but the cost of healthy living always seems to throw up a roadblock for many people. Organic produce is so expensive… I can’t afford to eat healthy… Why can’t healthy living be affordable for everyone?

Yes, a lot of times buying organic can be a strain on your wallet, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are five great tips on how to eat organic on a budget:

  1. Not everything you buy has to be organic. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, seen by many as the “guru” of holistic health and integrative medicine, there’s a list of foods known as the “dirty dozen” that are heavily sprayed with pesticides and should be bought organic at all costs:

    Apples
    Strawberries
    Grapes
    Celery
    Peaches
    Spinach
    Bell Peppers
    Nectarines
    Tomatoes
    Snap Peas
    Potatoes
    Hot Peppers
    Blueberries

    So if you want to start buying more organic produce but don't have the funds right now to dive in 100%, this list is a great place to start.

  2. Discipline yourself to only buy what’s on sale. This is a great tip for grocery shopping in general but especially for organic shopping. Most grocery stores have a weekly flier on their website showcasing their sales for that week. Pick a day and spend your time scouring these fliers to find the best deals. And don’t be afraid to go to more than one grocery, especially if the sales are worth the extra trip.

  3. Buy what’s in season. Seasonal produce tends to be much cheaper because it’s more abundant and grocers don’t have to pay high fees to have it shipped halfway around the world. Wisebread.com has a great list of seasonal produce on their website, and even provides recipes that you can make with that produce.

  4. Shop store brands. As a general rule of thumb, store brands are always cheaper than name brands, and this is especially true when buying organic products. In some cases, an organic store brand can actually be cheaper than a conventional name brand. Below are just a few stores and the affordable, organic brands they offer:

    Kroger – Simple Truth
    Target – Simply Balanced
    Aldi’s – Simply Nature
    Wal-Mart – Wild Oats 

  5. Cook in bulk. If you happen to find a really good deal on organic produce that week, a great money-saving tip is to buy in bulk and cook large quantities that can be portioned out and frozen. Not only is this great for your wallet, but also for those hectic days when you get home late and don’t have time to cook. Pulling out a pre-made meal is much better than a sodium-laden frozen dinner or trip to the fast food drive-through.