5 Budget-Friendly Tips to Feeding Your Family Nutritious Food
Updated: Aug 2, 2019
To springboard off my last post, I wanted to share a little bit more in depth on the cost/budget aspect of making healthy food choices.
I mentioned that the current generation of children is the first generation NOT expected to outlive their parents. I feel I need to explain why this is, and why it matters that we give them healthy food.
1 in 2 children are diagnosed with some sort of chronic illness. This is UNHEARD OF to date, but really if we think about it- are we surprised?
We have cancer-causing pesticides on all of our food. All you have to do is a quick google search on Monsanto and the 3 lawsuits they have lost this year alone in cancer and death due to the chemical they use on our crops to kill pesticides.
We have chemicals in the air in the form of indoor pollution, outdoor pollution and spraying.
We may not have much control over the environment but we certainly can choose where we get our food.
I'm sure you're wondering by now why I'm talking about this since this was all supposed to be about budget...
I'm sharing because when we understand the value of something, we are willing to make sacrifices, adjust our spending within reason, etc in order to make it happen.
The reality is that eating "clean" does cost more. I understand that for some, there is just not the option of eating organic, and if that is the case, THERE IS NO JUDGEMENT!! WE do the best we can, and that is always good enough.
But for many of us, it is feasible- we just have to make some adjustments to our budget.
Regardless of where your finances are, here are some tips on how to keep the cost minimal!
1. Go to your nearest grocery outlet store FIRST. If you don't have an outlet store near you, then simply go to your nearest grocery store and get as much low priced organic food as they offer. For me, I find the best prices at Costco, Trader Joes, and Grocery Outlet. I often save $2-3 per pound of organic grass fed meats, and the same for fruits and veggies.
2. Buy frozen organic fruits and vegetables. Frozen veggies are often flash frozen at the time they are picked, so they actually retain more of the nutrient value than if they are not frozen. They are also cheaper! So, I will often buy a few bags of frozen organic broccoli, green beans, or whatever veggies I can find and create my meals around that.
3. Buy local! This includes local meat, too. One of the BIGGEST ways we have saved in organic food was going in with a friend and buying half a cow. Yes, it was more money up front. But saved us an additional $3 per pound of meat in the long run!
4. Create your meal plan around the food you find on sale. This can take more creativity at times, but if you are really wanting to stick to your budget, it is definitely the way to go as far as savings goes.
5. Buy less snack foods. Organic snack foods are ridiculously expensive compared to a $2 bag of doritos. I get it. I feel it every time we go. We still have some organic allergen friendly snack foods around the house, but they are so expensive compared to fresh fruits and veggies that I try to limit them.
* To add on to this step, I want to add that when FIRST transitioning to a clean diet (especially for kids), I like to have healthy swaps of food I know they already like before beginning to add lots of fruits and veggies. This is just how I do it! If you have a way that works for you and your family, I'd love to hear it!
To your wellness,