When I encourage people to buy more organic food, I often hear valid concerns about the high cost or organic produce. While organic foods are more expensive, you can keep your grocery bill lower by focusing on more affordable whole food ingredients. And including lots of delicious legumes into your diet :-)Left is a picture I took of some groceries I bought this week that includes many of my favourite more affordable organic items. I love finding ways to use them creatively throughout the week! This is Secret #2 for Easy of Everyday Healthy.
I always make a point of purchasing organic carrots, celery, apples, root vegetables like yams/ potatoes, bananas (in moderation because they are not in season in the winter but they are affordable so I consume in moderation), and kale. This past week I stocked up on affordable & organic raisins (the most affordable dried fruit, yes I LOVE...raisins;-), nutritious pumpkin seeds, carob powder (a more affordable option to raw cacao) and organic tomato sauce.
Some $$ Exceptions that are Worth It
I will also buy more expensive superfoods (a superfood is an exceptionally nutrient dense food) in small amounts like chia seeds (high in antioxidants, omega-3s, protein and tons of other good stuff), maca powder (balances hormones, increases energy, high in protein) and goji berries (high antioxidants). I try to make a point of using these foods less frequently and including them into my diet once so I can benefit from their superior nutritional qualities without a big $$ investment.
I also make a point of buying high quality organic oils in glass containers like flax oil, coconut oil, olive oil and Udo's 3:6:9 that includes DHA and GLA. Rancid fats have been known are one of the leading causes of free radical damage, aka causes disease and premature aging. Consuming lots of healthy fats, especially high quality sources of omega-3s, make your skin glow (for everyone who asks me, this is my secret) and give you clarity of mind.
What am I doing with these Ingredients?
I used my affordable veggies, tomato sauce, and combined with a variety of beans to make a delicious minestrone soup. tI am paired the soup with a basil pesto a la more affordable made from pumpkin seeds and gomasio (ground sesame seeds and salt). I have been using the carob powder with affordable shredded coconut, some dates (ok a bit more $$ so I try to use in moderation), spices and a bit of coconut oil to make carob bliss balls for quick affordable snacks on the go. I have also made a big pot of millet congee (to make the congee I soaked the millet overnight in apple cider vinegar and filtered water and cooked for 2 hours on low with kombu seaweed, for optimal nutrition and digestion). I am adding the millet to soups, salads and combining it with raw mylk made from sunflower seeds for brunch.
Voila delicious, variety, convenience and affordability, and am feeling good! May you be inspired for everyday delicious affordable health :-)
of Everyday Healthy and Get the GLOW!