Eat Clean Without Breaking The BankAug 22, 2018
Budget is a large deterrent for some people meeting their health goals. It’s true that organic is pricey, and cooking can be time consuming. The last thing you want to do, though, is to cheat yourself out of good nutrition because of totally manageable factors like dollars and hours in a day.
Here are practical ways to nourish yourself cleanly, sufficiently, and inexpensively!
If you aren’t sure whether organic is truly worth it or not, remember – most produce is pesticide-treated, while meat and dairy are more lenient when it comes to chemicals.
All milk is antibiotic free and the jury is out on what counts as organic fish – so you probably won’t even find it!
Spring for organic fruits and veggies and use your judgment on the rest.
Especially watch out for what the EWG considers to be the Dirty Dozen! Always buy organic when it comes to these fruits and veggies:
It’s much more effective to shop all at once for several meals, than to hit the store every day or even every few days. If you’re not careful, you can nickel and dime yourself into the red zone!
✔︎ Buy large cuts of beef and whole chickens, in order to stretch out your servings (more on that in a moment).
✔︎ Buy frozen or freeze your own fruit for smoothies before they turn ripe. If you purchase in bulk, you will not only ensure you’re going to the store less and therefore reducing spending, but you can also greatly reduce waste!
Think ahead. This is where shopping a week in advance, instead of meal by meal comes into play.
At the beginning of your week, decide to double, triple, or even quadruple your ingredients, in order to make multiple meals for the upcoming week’s lunches and dinners.
Cook an entire whole chicken with delicious, but versatile seasonings and herbs like salt, pepper, lemon and rosemary. Roast vegetables on the side, making some of those and part of the chicken, your meal for that evening.
Make salad for a couple of lunches, adding parts of the chicken sliced or shredded on top.
For a few more meals, use more of the chicken for a chicken salad or healthy club wrap; and eat the chicken and veggies as you did the first night later in the week, so it doesn’t get boring.
When you’ve come to the end of the week, with some of the chicken and veggies still leftover, throw it in a bone broth and warm up for a flavorful, protein packed stew!
TWO WORDS: SLOW COOKER!
This old-fashioned concept can be a life-saver during a hectic week. In the morning before you hit the ground running, load up a crock pot with pork shoulder, chicken or beef, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and onions. Throw in some seasonings of choice and get on with your life!
When you come home for the day, dinner will already be waiting, and your house will smell like you’ve slaved in the kitchen all day!