We have written here before about the benefits of making the switch to organic products in order to live a healthier lifestyle. If you are a regular reader of our blog, you will know about the absence of chemicals in organic products, as well as the positive impact that buying from organic farmers in your community can have on the local economy. If you took our advice about switching to organic, you have also likely noticed that these products tend to be a little pricier than your standard fare. But don’t let that discourage you; there are ways to get healthier food options without breaking the budget. Living a healthy lifestyle does not have to equate to it being an expensive one. Let’s take a look at how you can empty out the medicine cabinet and fill up the fridge with greens without the pinch in your wallet.
If you are making the switch to organic food as a move to perhaps lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, you can really benefit from putting together a weekly meal plan. It is much easier to eat better when you plan your meals in advance. Doing this also makes it easier to see what sort of produce you need for each week. Rather than buying a whole batch of organic produce, some of which may end up going to waste, you can simply purchase the items that fit your meal plan and your budget.
It wasn’t so long ago that you had to go to a health food store in order to find all of your organic products. The rise in popularity of the organic lifestyle has led to the big mass-market stores now having organic sections in all of their locations. They have a whole lot of buying power, which means the prices are generally more affordable. Of course, you could also skip that route altogether and instead look for local farmers markets in your area. You can generally get all the produce you need at very reasonable prices when shopping there.
Two ways to save money with groceries is:
– BUY IN BULK: This is hard to do with fruits and vegetables, but you can definitely do it with meat. Look for organic meat that is on special and buys as much as you can afford. You can always freeze the items that you don’t use that particular week, and knowing what you have tucked away in the freezer can make it easier to plan your meals for the coming weeks.
– FREEZER MEALS: No, I don’t mean those yucky microwaveable meals. I mean making a vitamin packed soup in huge portion and freezing some of it in several tupperware’s. This gives you several meals lasting several days.
One of my favorite soups is a chicken veggie soup that works great as a detox as well. Here are the ingredients: Chicken Breast, Celery, Onions, Broccoli, Asparagus, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Salt, Pepper, Garlic and Voila!
The organic food market is one that is becoming more and more competitive, which is something that definitely works in the favor of the consumer. Start keeping a look out for deals and coupons, both online and in your local paper. If your grocery store has a rewards program, sign up. While they may not always have deals on organic products, you may save enough with their regular items to be able to afford a few extra organic foods in your weekly shop.
And remember, you are more likely to maintain a healthy lifestyle if you make gradual changes in your eating habits. Small changes and implementations are easier and make the transition and ride more enjoyable.