Organic Food Doesn't Have to Be Expensive

Healthy Food Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

Kar Kei Wong by Kar Kei Wong on Jul 25, 2016
Why you should care

Is your healthy lifestyle breaking the bank? Well, not today!

“It’s too expensive!”, the number two excuse for avoiding organic food; second only to “but…pizza”.

Healthy eating is a commitment, we won’t deny. It might take a little more time and effort, but it doesn’t have to be expensive.

We’re sure you’ve seen exorbitant price tags on organic food, but before you give up on your eating-healthy resolution, check out our tips and tricks to help you shop smarter.

1 Slow And Steady

Instead of leaping in with both feet, take your time to slowly transition into the healthy lifestyle. Once you get familiar with the prices, you can make better choices with brands and outlets.

2 The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15

Organic Food Choices

These lists were made to alert health nuts about what they should buy organic, and what doesn’t need to be organic, and will be equally good for you.

Organic must-buys (Pesticide residue likely in non-organic counterparts):

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Lettuce

Organic no-needs (Pesticide residue unlikely in non-organic counterparts):

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (watch for GMO)
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Sweet Peas
  • Eggplant
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Honeydew Melon
3 More for Less

Fruits and Veggies in Bulk

Head to the bulk bins! Not only will you get to pick firsthand the produce that you want, you can also skip the extra packaging prices and get them for cheaper!

4 Pick Your Battles

Meats, cheeses, and milk are products that are most likely to contain injected hormones and high levels of pesticides. Unfortunately, they are also the most expensive organic foods! For health reasons, you may choose to buy these organic and buy other products conventionally.

5 Get With the Seasons

Choose fruits and veggies that are in season! They are less likely to contain pesticides – plus, they will be cheaper. But if you must have them all year round, opt for frozen alternatives.

6 Plan and Improvise

Always jot down a rough meal plan for your week before heading to the store. Avoid the impulse to get more food than you need and save it for next week’s budget instead! This way, you can also improvise on recipes with slightly cheaper alternatives.

7 Support the Community

Don’t write off the locals just yet! Head down to the local farmers’ markets. They sell fresh, pesticide-free foods that are much cheaper than your typical grocery stores and supermarkets.

8 Keep Your Eyes Open

Coupons For Food Shopping

Look out for coupons and promotions both online and in the newspapers! You’ll be amazed how saving a little here and there can add up.

9 Find Your Green Thumb

If you have time on your hands, start a little project in your backyard. Plant a garden and grow your own crops. You will gain a new skill and save some money – win-win! Not sure where to start? Read this article on easy-to-plant foods.

Why you should care

Is your healthy lifestyle breaking the bank? Well, not today!

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