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How To Transition To Organic Foods The Easy Way

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Make your dollar go further when you transition to organic food.  Organic food can often be a little more expensive than conventionally-grown food, non organic. Although, if you set some priorities, it may be feasible to purchase organic food and stay within your means. It helps to know exactly what foods are organic.   What exactly is organic foods, learn here.

Know The Levels Of Pesticides In Your Food

Some types of conventionally-grown produce contain higher levels of pesticides than others, and you should avoid them when possible. On the other hand, some are low enough that purchasing non-organic is moderately safe.

Where Organic Matters Fruits and Vegetables

 According to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that analyzes the results of government pesticide testing in the U.S., the following fruits and vegetables have the highest pesticide levels, so are best to buy organic:

  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Grapes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Kale/Collard Greens
  • Summer Squash
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Hot Peppers

Fruits and Vegetables you DON’T Need to Buy Organic

Known as the Clean 15, these conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables are generally low in pesticides:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Onion
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet Peas (frozen)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
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Organic Food Examples: Buy Organic Eggs, Dairy, and Meat

In the U.S., industrially-raised animals may be fed corn, grains, antibiotics, animal by-products, growth hormones, pesticides, and sewage sludge. These practices can have health consequences for both the animals themselves and people consuming their meat, eggs, or milk.

When you transition to organic food and buy organic beef and dairy products, be sure they are labeled pasture-raised or 100% grass-fed. In addition, for pork, chicken, or eggs, look for a certified organic label. Also, to stay within your budget, you may find that buying more affordable cuts of meat from organically free-range raised animals allows you to eat organic without going over your food budget. For example, you can buy organic chicken thighs instead of conventionally raised chicken breasts.  Furthermore, you can cook meats in a crockpot on low, to make them tender. 

Other Ways To Keep The Cost Of Organic Food Within Your Budget

Shop at your local farmers' markets. Many cities host a weekly farmers’ market, where you can buy from local farmers who sell their produce at an open-air street market at a discount to traditional grocery stores.
Join a food co-op. Another option to being able to buy natural foods is to join a co-op or cooperative grocery store because they offer lower prices to members; you may have to pay an annual fee to belong.
Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm you may be able to save money and stay within your budget, in which individuals and families join up to purchase shares of produce or meats in bulk, directly from a local farm. Local and organic!
Shop at Thrive Market, Thrive Market is an organic and all-natural products online grocery store that delivers directly to your front door.  Thrive Market offers grass-fed beef, organic chicken, wild-caught seafood, and non gmo organic foods.  Finally, you save up to 50%, less expensive than Wholefoods than and more organic options than Costco. 

 

Buying Tips For Organic

Buy what is in season; when you buy in-season fruits, and vegetables are the cheapest and freshest. Ask your local grocery store or market when produce is delivered. You will be buying the freshest food possible. Shop around by comparing the price of organic items at the grocery store, the farmers’ market, online, and in other venues (even the freezer aisle). Also, by storing your fruits and vegetables properly, there will be less waste.

Transition to organic food, buy organic baby food in bulk or in large containers.  The other option is to make your baby food; you know exactly what is in it.  Again, always read the label.

Food for thought, organic does not always equal healthy.  Always read the label, companies make junk food sound healthy, but it is a marketing ploy in the food industry. However, organic baked goods, desserts, and snacks are usually still very high in sugar, salt, fat, or calories. 

 

Transition To Organic Food Make Smart Food Choices

Choose whole foods  Forego convenience foods may save you time but, you will pay more for it. For instance, when you buy a block of cheese and slice or grate it yourself is more inexpensive than buying processed cheese slices or bags of grated cheese. Plus, you will avoid additives that prevent cheese from caking, etc. Thus, when you buy ahead of lettuce wash and chop it yourself is cheaper than buying bagged salad. Additionally, it will stay fresher longer.

Buy frozen fruits and vegetables. Moreover, frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious as their fresh equivalents plus still taste good, but typically are less expensive. In addition, larger frozen bags tend to offer the best value, so if you have the freezer-space go that route.

Purchase generic or store brands. Buy store label or generic brand because most often it will be cheaper than the name brand and the quality is the same.

Simple ways to save money, make your morning coffee, and avoid picking it up on the way to work or school. Additionally, rather than buying breakfast or lunch, make your own by utilizing leftovers, make a home-made salad, sandwich, or hard-boiled eggs.

Buy in bulk. Buy non-perishable items in bulk, such as organic dried beans, lentils, kinds of pasta, and canned fish, which will save you money as well as shopping time. If you have the space, store products in smaller portions to use as needed. Such as, grains and cereals can be stored in airtight containers, repurposed jars, mason jars.  
Drink non-bottled water instead of soda. Water is free, and you can easily flavor it by adding a variety of flavoring with fruit such as lemon, lime, orange, or make tea. 

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Why Is Organic Food Often More Expensive?

Since farmers do not use synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or drugs, organic food is quite a bit more labor-intensive. Getting certified as organic is expensive and organic feed for farm animals can cost twice as much. Furthermore, organic farms tend to be smaller than conventional farms, which means costs and overhead is across smaller produce volumes without government subsidies.

Can You Eat Organic On A Budget?

Online retailers. There are lots of websites available that offer grocery deliveries, which can save you time and in some cases money. Plus, some online retailers offer reduced prices over conventional supermarkets while others, such as Thrive Market in the U.S., also focus on healthy, non-processed foods. We recommend you factor in any delivery costs or membership fees when comparing prices although a lot of online companies offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount.  Also, the cost of food is less expensive than local food health stores.

 

Where To Shop For Organic Food

To find online, farmers’ markets, organic farms, and grocery co-ops in your area visit:

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