EATING ORGANIC ON A TIGHT BUDGET

 Going organic and all-natural on a limited  budget is very difficult but the fact  is that nobody wants to eat pesticides. Its not only good for an individual but for environment  too. Eating organic become more popular among health conscious people.  

Increasing demand is only one reason for the higher price of organic products so people started to plant their own no matters how much area they have. Following are the tips to overcome the problem of eating non organic food or dearer organic food.

Plant your own

If one  can  try to grow your own produce.  One  can save money on vegetables if you invest some time into their small kitchen garden. You can purchase garden seeds or seedlings from local businesses. Few of us are in the city with little to no garden space but one can try to their  bell peppers and tomatoes in small  pots. One can take help from websites also.

 Choose healthy version

buying only organic foods may not be  possible financially as well for most households. Choose  which foods one can buy organic then opt for a healthy version of the rest of your kitchen grocery items.

Replace store bought

make your own organic kale chips, smoothies to replace store-bought ones. you can even make your own coconut, almond and cashew milk which would cost you way less.it make your food scrumptious.

Use your freezer for things out of season

Buy local produce when in season and freeze to save for out of season. All know that fruits and vegetables are very much expensive when there is no season. It can also freeze which gives them a longer life span.

Read labels on products carefully

Manufacturers use a variety of marketing terms which encourage sales, but words like “natural” are no guarantee that something is free of  synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Instead, look for the  organic label to make smart spending decisions.  the chain uses several wellness icons on its shelf tags to indicate which products are usda organic, made with at least 70% organic ingredients, have natural ingredients or may be a more suitable choice for those seeking  less fat or more nutrients.

List  priority foods

Buying all organic food may not be financially possible for some households. In this case, families should give priority  purchases to minimize pesticide exposure like  mushrooms and asparagus, may be conventionally grown with methods resulting in little to no pesticide residue.

Purchase seasonal produce

Budget can be controlled by buying organic produce when it is in season. it wouldn’t be as environmentally friendly and cheaper to  produce that is out of season

Visit at budget-friendly stores 

Shopping at the right store is other way to save money to buy organics. The budget grocery chains  become a favorite for those who are frequent buyers of organic products. They buy at a discount or offers also  some stores also known for its affordable prices.

Stop wasting food, store properly to enhance life span Raw nuts should be kept in the refrigerator to last longer. Buy and keep bananas separated from one another. Turn yogurt, and chutney containers upside down when stored in the fridge – this creates a vacuum seal, keeping them fresh for time. Do not throw away nut meal from homemade nut milk – use it for smoothies, baked goods repurpose vegetable pulp from juicing to add fiber to soups, smoothies or make crackers or bread. Placed celery and baby carrots in water with a slice of potato to make them crunchy again. Keep all organic citrus fruits in the fridge – they will last up to 2 weeks longer. No need to wash organic dark leafy greens until they are ready to consume.

BTTM DEPARTMENT

Asst Prof. NEELAM

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