I feel like today, a lot of us are discussing similar topics, mainly focusing around corona-virus, which there is a topic surrounding the virus that I would like to discuss, however that will be another time. This past week, I posted a question to you on my social media channels, "what's your biggest obstacle when it comes to healthy eating" and I received an overwhelming response of answers. I want to get to every response, however the most common answer was costing, so today I want to talk about how to eat healthy on a budget. Now, a lot of us are furloughed or are still on quarantine from work and are running low on money. Healthy eating is believed to be too expensive and the cheap, manufactured products are the only option. I'm here to debunk that theory, I'm here to tell you that you can eat healthy while still saving that green.
No More Plastic!
The next time you go to the grocery store (or order them online since that seems to be the new normal), compare the price of one single pepper to three packaged peppers. Packaged items are much more expensive than non-packaged items because, you guessed it, you're paying for the plastic. Not only am I against packaged produce due to the price, it's horrible for the environment. If not recycled, plastic items kill wildlife and their habitat and personally, I would be fine with getting rid of it altogether (it's the bane of my existence). So next time you go shopping, buy an individual pepper or tomato as opposed to buying a bunch in a plastic wrapping.
Every store has their own brand, whether it's oats, cereal, or even paper towels, and it's significantly cheaper than the corporation brand by one to two dollars. Think of how much money you will save over time if you continually purchasing store branded items, by the end of the month, and depending on how often you grocery shop, you could save ~$50 per month!
Support Local Farmer's Markets
Local farmer's markets are a great way to support local and small businesses and eat healthy. Produce from local farmers are relatively cheaper, and they're actually fresher than produce in the store for they grow what is in season at the time. I personally prefer farmer's markets to grocery stores not only to support local business, they also normally have crafts and other hand-made items such as jewelry so you can grocery shop and treat yourself at the same time!
This is a back and forth discussion, whether organic is a better option or non-organic is a better option. I do want to point out one thing that has bothered me for years since the organic movement started, I want to end the misconception that organic is a healthier option. Marketing strategies have led us to believe that the word "organic" is associated with healthy, when in fact organic means that they utilize methods that feature recycling and conservation. Believe me when I tell you, I am all for recycling and conservation I think it's an amazing way to help out the environment, however for those of us that are on a budget it is perfectly okay to purchase non-organic items. The next time you go to the grocery store, compare a non-organic item to an organic item and you will notice that organic items are significantly more expensive than non-organic items and it's due to their methods of manufacturing. Again, I want to re-iterate, I am not at all against organic farming, I want to convey to you all that the word "organic" does not necessarily mean it's healthier than non-organic items and it's okay to purchase non-organic produce if you're on a budget.
A healthy outside starts from the inside