Newbie’s Guide to Eating Organic Food on a Tight Budget

 

My adoration for organically grown food comes from the idea that it reduces potential health hazards. It eliminates harmful chemicals and modifications such as pesticides, additives, and GMOs. The only drawback that most people have with organic produce is its price at the Australian shopping centers.

 

You are not only paying for the product itself, but you are also paying for the farmers’ efforts to maintain strict “organic standards”.

 

Fortunately for you, there are some steps to welcome healthy eating into your tight budget.

 

Step 1: Remember to Plan Ahead

 

Start the week right by planning the healthy meals that you are going to cook for the following days. Remember that some fruits and veggies must always be bought in its organic form as commercialized products are filled with pesticides and other chemicals. It includes a dozen of products such as apples, celery, tomatoes, cherries, and spinach. These products are aptly called the “Dirty Dozen“.

 

Spare at least 10 minutes of your day to sit down and sort things out. Stick to the shopping list that you have created. This can prevent giving in to the temptations of impulsive shopping.

 

Step 2: Check the Label

 
Check label Newbies Guide to Eating Organic Food on a Tight Budget

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Nothing is worse that getting ripped off for something that you thought was organic. So, check the label when shopping for organic produce. Greg Paynter, board member of Organic Federation of Australia, said that the shoppers can trust the green logo of the Australian Certified Organic.

 

The farmers whose produce are decorated with this logo or label have been inspected to ensure that their stringent sets of standards are consistently met.

 

Step 3: Go Straight to the Source

 
Go Straight to the Source Newbies Guide to Eating Organic Food on a Tight Budget

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What better way to begin your organic journey than by going straight to the source? Australia is blessed with an abundance of farmers’ market. This is a good place to find growers who are dedicated to preserving and enhancing our natural ecosystem. Get the most value for your money by visiting the nearby farmers’ market.

 

Cultivating a friendly relationship with your local grower can help you create a lifelong appreciation for organic food. Furthermore, you may increase your awareness by asking your local grower how they produce their products.

 

Step 4: Shop Online for Good Deals

  Shop Online for Good Deals Newbies Guide to Eating Organic Food on a Tight Budget  

Shop online if you want to take advantage of bargain deals, but cannot travel away from your own home. Two popular organic websites have been making the waves in the Australian e-commerce scene. These are the organicsonabudget.com.au and affordablewholefoods.com.au.

 

The former was founded by a mother who was in a constant search of the most nutritious food for her offspring. This priceless purpose has led her into selling variety of products at reasonable prices. While, the later is the brainchild of a couple. Their wholesale stores are situated in NSW.

 

Step 5: Buy in Bulk

 

Speaking of wholesale, you may purchase organic products in bulk as long as they have an adequate amount of time to perish. I am talking about the pasta, nuts, and spices. Avoid getting charged for extra packaging by bringing your own eco bag. This will help you to carry the load with ease.

 

Step 6: Stay Away From the Meat

  Stay Away From the Meat Newbies Guide to Eating Organic Food on a Tight Budget  

Stay away from the hefty meat as much as you can. Replace it with high-quality protein alternatives such as organic eggs, organic tofu, and organic beans. You can purchase these items without breaking the bank!

 

Some of you may not be a vegetarian. If you really cannot eliminate meat in your diet, then purchase the cheaper cuts of organic or grass-fed meat.

 

Step 7: Grow Your Own Greens

 
Grow Your Own Greens Newbies Guide to Eating Organic Food on a Tight Budget

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A surefire way to save money while indulging in organic food is to grow your own produce at home. You can rest assured that there were no pesticides and harmful chemicals drizzled during the process of planting. When you plant your own greens, you know exactly what has gone into them.

 

Is your space limited? You may plant your crops at the nearby community garden. Australia’s community gardens are pieces of land gardened collectively by a several people. These are mostly located on local government land, universities, churches, and hospitals. Browse thru the directory at communitygarden.org.au.

 

There you have it! May help you to live healthily and frugally.

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