I completely resonate with the message to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and to buy organic whenever possible. When I buy meat for my family and myself I now choose grass fed, ethically treated meat and organic, free range poultry.
But what is often missing from this message are ways to make those purchases work within a budget.
There are great reasons to bring organic and fresh foods into your diet:
- Purchasing organic produce lessons the toxic burden in our bodies, on the environment, and on farm workers.
- Choosing to eat meat from animals that are ethically treated, raised in natural settings, and free from synthetic chemicals protects animal welfare and provides us with more nutritious, less toxic food.
But as my own shopping patterns shifted toward buying more fresh produce, organic choices, and ethically-treated sources of meat, it became obvious — these choices were pricier.
Most of us need to watch food costs as we manage our budgets while still prioritizing healthy, organic and fresh foods for our family.
Here are some ways to buy healthy while staying responsible to your budget.