Think you have to be rich to afford to live and eat healthy? Think again. Although the concern of personal finance is a pressing concern for many people at present, it is possible to feed the household healthy and nutritious fare without going over the month’s budget.
By pre-planning and stocking up on economical organic staples, preparing most of your meals at home, and minimizingfood waste, living and thriving from a nutritious diet is doable.
Below you’ll find a list of the top 10 most economical (and easy to use) organic staples which can fit within every person’s budget:
This hearty and nutrient-packed grain has a long shelf life when stored properly in a sealed container, and can even be half of a full meal next to some steamed lentils and vegetables. When purchased in bulk, it can be extremely economical, and is easily added into the most simple to complex dishes.
If you’re looking to bulk up your consumption of nutrient-dense and anti-inflammatory foods, look no further than omega-3 rich flax seed and vitamin E dense sunflower seeds. Both pack a punch nutrient-wise and can be found for extremely economical prices – especially when you bag them yourself.
Have you considered how many meals a carton containing 12 organic eggs can contribute to? Assuming the average individual consumes about 2-3 per meal, a minimum of 4-6! When harvested fresh from local and free-range farms, and from chickens fed a wholesome, non-grain based diet, eggs can be an incredibly nutritious staple to keep in the house.
Whole Foods now sells a dozen of organic eggs for about $2, and even in most retail supermarkets $3 is an average price to be found
Every budget consumer knows the value of carrots: easy to grow, full of beta-carotene, and cheap as chips to purchase in a grocery store, organic carrots are definitely a delicious and economical staple to throw into your cart.
Carrots can be easily diced up and thrown in a stew, or steamed, mashed, and mixed with some local honey and cinnamon for a tasty, vitamin A-rich snack.
If you have a celler, buying in bulk can also reduce food costs later on, as they can be stored for a long period of time in a cool, dark place.
Fresh, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, apples are a favorite for a variety of reasons. Not only are they loaded with nutrients and anti-oxidants, but they’re also one of the most economical fruits to purchase for the frugal household.
Again – if you buy in bulk (this applies to all fresh produce), you can save more money later on. Use apples in a fresh juice, serve them with almond butter for an afternoon snack, or dehydrate them and store in an air-tight container for a longer period of time.
If purchased organic and produced in a facility committed to quality, peanut butter can be an excellent staple to use and keep in your household. You don’t have to depend on the ol’ PB&J to use peanut butter either: serve up peanut butter with some fresh vegetables or use as a sticky staple in some home-made granola bars with nuts and seeds.
Long-revered as a key remedy for multiple conditions, extra virgin olive oil can be an economical staple to keep on hand. A high-quality, organic version can cost as little as $5, and can also be used for cleansing activities likeoil pulling. If you’re not sure what type to buy, look for the keywords “organic”, “cold-pressed”, and “USDA certified”.
Almonds and cashews are one of the perfect foods thanks to their ability to keep one satiated between meals andnourished at a reasonable cost. If you buy in bulk, you may find your wallet benefits more than when you buy pre-packaged portions.
Grass-Fed Meats / Lean Proteins
If you are of the omnivorous variety, grass fed meats will offer much more nutrition and satiation than factory farm-raised animal protein. By purchasing from the farm directly, you may also receive it at a much more economical price.
If animal flesh doesn’t tickle your fancy, why not try super hearty, protein-packed plant-based staples like lentils, mung beans, and sprouts which have impressive amino acid profiles (and when partnered with whole grains likebrown rice or quinoa, create a complete protein).
This food doesn’t only add flavor to dishes of all kinds, it packs a nutritional punch and helps the body regulate blood sugar (among many other benefits). Saute up some onions and carrots with olive oil, partner with some fresh vegetables and lentils from your local farmer’s market, and serve the bounty with a side of steamed brown rice for an incredibly satiating and nourishing meal.
You do not need to deprive your health – or that of your family’s – if your bank account is not experiencing optimal abundance at the present. Don’t sweat the small stuff, get the economical (and super nutritious) organic foods that you can, and be grateful that you are taking the effort to look out for your health and those around you.