Go Organic Without Breaking the Bank! (Part I)

by Beth Montgomery on August 30, 2011 · 0 comments

in Frugal Cooking, Tips & Basics

The following is a guest post from Elizabeth Blessing:

It’s practically old news by now: more and more celebrities are “going vegan” while everything from cars to homes to businesses are “going green.” The American diet is certainly no exception to this environmental frenzy. What’s the unstoppable force infiltrating today’s supermarkets? Organic.

Scientific evidence proves that eating organic is no passing fad. From fruit to milk to eggs, many of today’s commercial brands are practically doused in harmful substances. By avoiding foods laden with pesticides and other toxic chemicals, we’re doing both our bodies and the environment a huge favor.

While organic food is better for us than conventionally grown food, there’s a general perception that eating organic isn’t as friendly to the health of our wallets. Good news, bargain hunters: With some planning and research, eating organic can actually be easier and more affordable than you think.

Consider these tips from Green B.E.A.N. Delivery to benefit your health and the environment without breaking the bank:

  • Buy in season. Seasonal foods are more affordable. Asparagus in the spring, strawberries in the summer and apples in the fall. Eating out of season means the food has to travel further to reach your table, which costs more money.
  • Head to the farmers market. Farmers markets are a phenomenal source of fresh local produce. A newly picked organic tomato from a local farm is tastier than a tomato that’s traveled thousands of miles before reaching a supermarket shelf—not to mention cheaper and fresher!
  • Do your research. There may be more choices for organic food in your community than you realize. Organic associations and organizations in your state are good places to start. Just type the name of your state and the word “organic” into a search engine and see what pops up.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t see a sign saying the produce is organic, be sure to ask. Some farmers may be making the transition to organic farming, or they grow organically but don’t have the certification
  • Buy in bulk. No matter where you’re buying organic foods, buying in bulk is a great way to stretch your food dollar. For beans, grains, lentils and nuts, head straight for the bulk containers. Just make sure you have a cool, dry place in your kitchen to store your dry goods for a few months.
  • Minimize packaged products. Organic lasagna may be quick and easy, but it is also expensive.  Cooking from scratch takes more time, but will save you money in the long run. When cooking from scratch, make large batches so leftovers can be used for lunch or dinner later in the week.

Stay tuned for more tips to Go Organic without Breaking the Bank!

About the Author: Elizabeth Blessing, co-owner and chief nutritionist for Green B.E.A.N. Delivery, has a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University.
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