Eat organic on a budget – 8 tips
We buy as much organic food as possible. Even though we do not have a huge disposable income, I prioritise good food for my family.
I figure if you eat well you are healthier and happier. This has a knock on effect on other expenses.
For example, if you eat well you don’t need to snack so much.
One of my dear friends feeds her kids on air filled cereal for breakfast, cheap white bread sandwiches and crisps for lunch and these kids are starving all the time. They are constantly asking for food.
In addition to the physical hunger they are emotionally unsatisfied as well. They are constantly ‘bored’ and due to their highly processed foods they are ill quite a lot of the time.
They seem unsatisfied in so many more ways than just their stomachs – always asking for things, needing entertaining, arguing and looking for the next ‘fix’.
If you’ve got ill kids and you work, you need to take time off work to take care of them, plus you need to buy them medication.
If your kids are healthy and active they aren’t sitting around ‘bored’ or needing constant stimulation. This means less ‘stuff’ to entertain them with, which means, well, buying less stuff.
So without further ado, here are my tips for eating organic food on a budget!
Reduce food waste. View today’s leftovers as tomorrow’s ingredients and put more food into your belly than in the bin
Sign up for a vegetable box scheme. You’ll get fresh, seasonal, local, organic food delivered to your door for a fraction of the price of supermarket food.
Eat live food!
Sprouted seeds are full of nutrition and add taste and crunch to your food. For a few pence you can be eating fresh, live, organic food every day.
Grow your own
You don’t need a garden to grow food. Sprouted seeds in the kitchen, herbs on a windowsill, tomatoes in a hanging basket and salad leaves in a windowbox will have you eating throughout the year for next to nothing.
Dried beans, rice and grains can be bought in bulk from a food co-op such as Suma. Club together with friends and share the expense.
Full of beans
Eat less meat and use dried legumes such as lentils and a variety of beans as the basis for your meals. If you cook them in a pressure cooker, you’ll save time and energy. Combine beans with a grain for a complete protein that costs a few pence to make.
Cook from scratch
It’s always cheaper to prepare your own organic food at home rather than buy processed food. You can batch cook soups, stews, casseroles, chillies and curries to store in the freezer.
Turn wilting vegetables into nutritious soups and soft fruit into smoothies. Then use your vegetables peelings to make stock and add your fruit peelings to your compost heap so that you can use it to grow your own organic goodies!
I would love to hear your tips for eating organic food on a budget!
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