Here are some ways to enjoy organic food and better yet, eat healthier. You know, for that New Years Resolution you made, right?
- Shop at Costco or your local warehouse store. People love Costco. Why not? You can get bulk food there for reasonable prices and it’s quality stuff. Your local warehouse store is the same way. Most likely, because they aren’t paying a ton of money for those elaborate displays and in-store extras.
- Look for bargains at farmers markets. You can find great deals here and not only that, but you’re getting food from the source. It hasn’t been modified, processed or preserved by some giant corporation. Not only that, but you’re supporting small and local business at the same time.
- Buy from bulk bins. If you’re not familiar with these, they are the giant plastic bins that you find at stores such as Winco. You portion out what you want into a plastic bag and just pay for the weight. I buy chia seeds aka one of the super-foods from Winco, because they are $9.00 per pound there or I can pay $20.00 per pound at a store like Safeway.
- Know what to buy non-organic. You don’t have to buy everything organic. Fruits and vegetables with lower pesticide residue can be bought non-organic to save money. Check out the dirty dozen plus to buy organic, which includes: apples, celery, bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, blueberries, potatoes plus green beans and kale. Also, look at the clean fifteen: onions, sweet corn, pineapple, avocado, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, kiwi, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, watermelon and mushrooms. Bonus – There’s even an app that goes beyond those lists to provide you with the amount of pesticides on popular fruits and veggies.
- Buy less junk food. If you truly want to be healthier and save money, then buy less processed food. This includes soda, juices and pre-packaged snacks. If you’re having a hard time losing weight and justifying organic food, cutting out these worthless foods will cause you to see immediate results in your bank account and on the scale. These foods are chemically engineered to make you crave more of them. Sound crazy? It is! And it’s true! Ever had just a few chips or just a few crackers? No! Most of the time the whole bag or box disappears in a matter of minutes and you’re not even full. Not to mention what they are doing internally to your health.
A basic rule of thumb that I stick by, is the less ingredients something has, the better. It usually means less processing, no preservatives and no artificial ingredients. I hope these tips helped you and do any of my fellow organic peeps have any suggestions or tips?