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Raw Food Challenge part 2 (Tips on healthy eating on a budget)

Monday, March 12, 2012

With all the talk about how expensive it is to eat healthy, I wanted to share my thoughts and tips on how to eat healthy on a budget and share what I bought this weekend.

First, I will acknowledge the fact that produce is increasing in price and can be more than junk food but I it's important to consider the health benefits from the slightly higher priced produce. We know healthy food is beneficial to your health and well being unlike potato chips, ice cream and fast food which are all nutrient deficient food and leaves your body hungry for more [nutrients.]

Tips I Follow:
Shop Farmer's markets
-You may be able to get a deal directly from the farmer.

Shop in the middle of the week
-Many stores have double sale day or they introduce new sales in the Tuesday and Wednesdays

Visit the bulk section or buy in bulk
-Nuts/Seeds and other unique ingredients can get pricey. Shopping in the bulk section allows you to control how much you spend.

Purchase seasonal produce
-Purchasing what's in season increases the likelihood it will be on sale.

Plan meals
-Planning meals in advance gives you an idea of what ingredients you will need so you can eliminate or reduce mindless shopping.

Compare store ads
-Sometimes the store you least expect may have organic produce on sale

Don't be an so strict with buying only organic
-Of course organic (no pesticides) is the best way to go!
-But there are times when organic is just too expensive. Either choose a less expensive option or buy conventionally grown product.
-I prefer to buy all my leafy greens and apples organic but I purchase fruits that have peels conventionally when I need to.

Check out the chart below to help guide you on which foods have less pesticides on them.

Try a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
-This allows you to purchase shares in a local farm for a certain time period and receive weekly baskets of food.
-I have never tried this because there was no farm I could visit in my area, but I have heard overall good things. I'm also a little skeptical because you pay in advance and it's possible for your food to be substandard. Basically, you take a chance and hope for the best. I definitely will try this once I find a local farm I can visit.

Shop Online for unique ingredients and start sprouting!
-Sprouting is easy and an economical way of getting your greens.
-It only requires water and a container; no dirt or planting! On average sprouting can be done in as little as 2 days depending on what you sprout.

On to my grocery haul

This weekend I did not have to buy many leafy greens because I purchased so many last week. Last week, all varieties kale was on sale at Whole Foods 2 for $3.00. I purchased 5 bunch which was more than enough for me last week. I have 2 bunches of curly and red leaf kale left plus a bunch of chard. They store so well in the fridge. Anyway, my grocery bill this week was $28.51! I was shocked at how just how much organic product Sprouts had.

Bananas, Bok choy, celery 1/2 bunch of Dino Kale (I used some this morning,) grapes, 3lb oranges, 3lbs bosc organic pears, 5 cara/navel oranges, wheat grass, dates, parsley, limes, lemons, jalapeno, 3lbs red apples, zucchini, pineapple, spices (cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric, chili powder, vanilla powder, Himalayan salt and 2 yellow mango (not pictured)
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    I'm glad you found my post helpful!
    1687 days ago
    Most of what I bought is organic with the exception of the 4-5 navel oranges and lemons.
    1687 days ago
    Thank you for these tips! I definitely have to shop on a budget and be very careful about how much I spend.
    1688 days ago
    I hope you buy organic produce! Yes it costs money. So does excellent health. It is a small percentage of the cost of medical care. Also. when you eat raw you eat much less.

    To me low fat raw organic vegan eating is the highest and kindest and healthiest way to eat. It restores and saves our health, our planet, our nation. It support small organic local farmers, is kind to animals, and totally sustainable. Some call this high price??? I call it high payoff!

    Monsanto and others have destroyed our health, poisoned our planet and our children, and who knows what else. Commercial farming is a death sentence! Organic farming is the wave of the future and is thriving right now.

    I support organic! I support small farms! I support low fat raw organic vegan food - REAL food.
    1688 days ago
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