We all know that eating whole grains, vegetables, and a plant based diet are keys to improved health, feeling good, and having a body that performs at a higher level in athletics, yoga, work, and even sex! The frequent lament is just how much it costs in order to eat right. Whole Foods is somewhat accurately described as “Whole Paycheck”, after all, and if you’ve ever found yourself looking at organic bell peppers at $8 a pound, you’ve probably weighed the pesticide residue on conventionally grown bell peppers along with the $5 in savings per pound that would come along with it.
There’s good news, though: eating healthy food on a budget is not as difficult as you might expect!
Recommendations for eating on the cheap!
1. Subscribe to a community supported agriculture business in your area. CSAs consist of direct-from-the-farm produce, delivered regularly, and typically cost FAR less than buying produce at the grocery store, since you’re cutting out the middle man and just giving your money directly to the farmer.
2. Shop from farmer’s markets to get good deals direct from the farmer on local, whole foods. Tip: at the end of the market, farmers tend to sell damaged/imperfect produce and anything they have left that they don’t want to carry home for great deals!
3. Learn to sprout. Sprouting is the easiest way to make really healthy food that tastes awesome. Here’s an article on how to make sprouts.
4. Make the most of the bulk bins at your local health food store and get a great deal on beans, rice, oats, quinoa, dried herbs, tea and other whole food staples. Organic black beans and brown rice make a terrific base for a week’s worth of Mexican dishes, and cost so little it’ll make your head spin. Here are 20 of our favorite bean recipes, in case you need some inspiration!
5. Cut down on expensive items in your family’s diet. Meat and cheese tend to be either a) super processed and full of junk that will make you fat, sick, and nearly dead, or b) expensive as heck. Even if these are family staples, try to find ways to include greens and vegetables into family meals– these healthier options will eventually crowd out the less healthy, more expensive foods.
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