The one word that seems to be synonymous with organic foods is ‘expensive’. Most people skip through the fresh fruits and vegetables, or GMO-free line at the grocery store, and opt instead for ready-to-cook lasagnas, frozen nuggets, just-add-water mashed potato mixtures, cereals etc. Whilst packaged in deceivingly tempting cartons and luring colors, these processed goods are another way of poisoning your body and incapacitating its ability to fight disease and stay fit. This is why it is not only important, but increasingly necessary, to make the switch towards incorporating as much organic food into your diet as is possible. For this reason, we have come up with a helpful list of ideas that will assist you in staying health within your budget. You no longer have to spend a chunk of your income into eating foods that do not take less than 10 minutes to cook. Instead, try out these personally tested ideas that are sure to help you become a healthy diva in no time.
- Eat foods that are in season – Instead of opting for vegetables and fruits that are taken out of cold storage, and are therefore stripped from their nutrients and minerals, consume foods that are currently in season. This ensures that they are not only fresh, but are also cheaper due to their wider abundance and ease of availability. Summer seasons are the best for trying this idea out, because you will be spell bounded by the wide assortment of citrus fruits and multi-colored vegetables that will lure you into their wholesome world.
- Cut back on the meat – Chicken, mutton, beef and fish is much more expensive than fresh fruits and vegetables, hence try to limit your consumption. Typically, seafood or meat should be consumed at a maximum of four to five times in a week, and not more than that. Substitute your protein cravings with healthy peanut butter, eggs or legumes instead.
- Pack your own lunch – This is perhaps the easiest and most efficient way to save money when it comes to eating healthy. During office or school hours, we tend to be overworked and too busy to find a healthier lunch alternative. In such times of crisis, bring a sandwich, fresh salad, fruit cocktail, yogurt and granola parfait, humus and pita wraps etc. from home in a lunch bag. This nifty idea will leave you with a lot of spare cash to spend on a new dress, which you’ll be needing anyway since you will have lost a lot of weight by not pigging out on fast food or processed goods!
- Opt for eggs – These little white orbs of nutrition and vitamins are an extremely cheap source of tasty nutrition that can be consumed any time of the day. Try to incorporate them into your daily routine, such as by whipping up some shakshuka when you desire a zesty meal, or mashing them into a tasty sandwich mixture or even by mixing them with boiled potatoes and wholegrain mustard for a yummy salad. Free-range Eggs are versatile enough to be added to just about anything, so let your imagination run wild!
- Make It Yourself – Ask any college student, and they will testify to the fact that one can cut back on a lot of added expenses by opting to cook at least one meal at home, every day. This might sound daunting at first, so start off with making breakfast initially, and then gradually phase it out to incorporate homemade salads, sandwiches, grilled lunches etc. This is an extremely healthy way to control what ingredients you put into your body and costs a fraction of the price compared to eating out.
There you go! That wasn’t so difficult was it? These five tips are ones that anybody and everybody can sprinkle into their lives and ensure that their organic lifestyle is a financially sustainable one!