Eating On A Budget

by Carrie Raab on January 25, 2016

Eating On A Budget

 

 

Today I want to share with you about how you can eat healthy on a budget. Since it is the beginning of a new year, many of us have goals and plans for a healthier year!
I love eating raw, whole foods as much as possible and supplementing with essential oils and vitamins for daily health. It sure has made a difference in my life and my health and wellness has never been this good. I recently had a scan done and it said I had the body and health of an 18 year old!!! My son is 17 and so that made me feel so good inside! To see on paper that my body is healthy on the inside and out! So, I encourage you to eat healthy and use natural remedies for daily life! Young Living has changed my health in so many ways and I am forever grateful that someone shared these precious products with me.

Let’s see how you can eat healthy on a budget!

Eating Healthy on a Budget-

For many people, cost is a major obstacle to healthy eating.  However, a
recent study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that
 the cost difference was smaller than you might expect.  Researchers
found that eating the most healthy diet (fruits, vegetables, fish and
nuts) only averaged $1.50 a day more than the least healthy diet
(processed foods, meats and refined grains).  So, it is possible to
enjoy nutrient-dense foods on a tight budget!

          Dr. Joseph Mercola recommends these low-cost superfoods:

         1.  Cage-free organic eggs

         2.  Bone broth

         3.  Fermented vegetables

         4.  Less, but higher quality protein

         5.  Home-grown vegetables, especially sprouts

         And Vani Hari, founder of FoodBabe.com, has complied a list of helpful tips for eating organic on a budget:

 1.  Find and use your favorite organic companies coupons.  Check their
websites and social media pages, as well as various organic coupon
sites.

 2.  Budget and stay organized.  Plan out meals for the week according
to foods that are on sale or that you have coupons for.

3.  Make your own kale chips, smoothies and vegetable juices, rather than purchasing expensive store-bought ones.

 4.  Prioritize.  Meat and dairy are the most important to buy organic,
because of the combined risk of pesticide, antibiotic, and
cancer-causing growth hormone exposure.

5.  Portion.  Eat smaller portions of higher quality meats, keeping it to 4 ounces or less.

6.  Frozen organic produce is the next-best thing to fresh and is almost always cheaper.

7.  Freeze all leftovers, using inexpensive glass mason jars or silicone ice molds (for smaller portions).

8.  Buy local produce when in season and freeze to save for out of season.

9.  Double recipes and freeze leftovers.  This works great with soups and stews.

10.  Buy a whole organic chicken for less per pound, vs. just the
breast, legs or wings, which are more expensive per pound. You can use
the carcass to make your own bone broth.

11.  Use the “Clean 15” and “Dirty Dozen” lists available on ewg.org to
 help you navigate which products to buy organic.  For example, if you
have a choice between more expensive organic red peppers and less
expensive conventional asparagus, choose the asparagus.  Asparagus
naturally repels pests, allowing it to be grown with minimal
pesticides.  Include red pepper in your diet when it is in season or you
 can find it cheaper at another grocery store.

12. Do not buy pre-washed and ready to eat fruits and veggies, as they can cost twice as much.

13.  Eat out less.  Eating organic at home is significantly less expensive than eating at organic restaurants.

14.  Buy in bulk.

15.  Buy online.  Various services will deliver organic and non-GMO
food directly to your doorstep, and many with some of the lowest prices
available.

16.  Buy local.  Find farmers near you through LocalHarvest.org to get
to know your local farmers, create a personal relationship and negotiate
 prices.  And be sure to ask your farmer about his farming practices.
Some farmers do not spray pesticides on their crops but do not seek USDA
 certification, in order to keep prices lower.

17.  Be the last person to leave the farmer’s market.  Sometimes the
vendors will cut prices so they do not have to take their produce back
to the farm.

18.  Buy a share in a community-supported agriculture CSA program.
It’s nice to contribute to a local farm’s operating expenses while
getting a weekly box of fresh fruits and vegetables.

19.  Grow your own food.  Organic herbs are one of the most overpriced
items at the grocery store, and many are very easy to grow.  Once you
start growing produce, you can give herbs, fruits and vegetables to
friends and family, saving money on gift items, too.

20.  If you’re really adventurous, get a couple of chickens and hatch your own eggs!

21.  Compost all food waste to put nutrients back in your garden.

22.  Try these ideas to help your food last longer:

                  -Keep raw nuts and flours in the refrigerator.

                  -Wrap refrigerated produce in paper towels.

                  -Put bay leaves in containers of rice, flour and pasta.

                  -Keep bananas separated from each other.  They spoil slower.

                  -Use vegetable pulp from juicing to add fiber to soups, smoothies or to make crackers or bread.

                  -Place limp celery, baby carrots and radishes in water with a slice of potato to make them crunchy again.

                  -Keep citrus fruits in the fridge.  They will last 1-2 weeks longer.

                  -Don’t wash dark leafy greens or berries until you are ready to eat them.

 

May this inspire and encourage you! You can do it! Together, we can!
Health and wellness is my passion and I love seeing lives transformed.

Have an amazing day!
I am off to make some organic grilled chicken on top of organic romaine lettuce, cucumbers, avocado, broccoli, and blueberries. What are you having for lunch/dinner?

Be blessed,
Carrie
http://yloillady.com
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