With all the concern over GMO crops and chemicals contaminating the food supply, organic food is becoming increasingly in demand by consumers. However, the common perception is that safe, healthy food is too expensive. Depending on where you live, that may or may not be true. For those of us on a tight budget, organic food can seem out of reach.
Fortunately, there are ways to eat healthy and still stay on budget. Most large grocery chains have organic foods available, and their purchasing power can keep costs only slightly above the non-organic items. There are also stores that specialize in healthy foods.
Founded in 1975 in Asheville, North Carolina, Earth Fare is the authentic organic and natural healthy grocery store with 39 locations across the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Whole Foods calls itself "America's Healthiest Grocery Store" and has 279 stores in 38 states and Washington, D.C. Organic food can be expensive, but Albertsons’ house brand, Wild Harvest, typically costs 15% less than name-brand organic products.
If you don't have access to these, then check out Environmental Working Group's "Good Food on a Tight Budget". This guide—the only one of its kind—lists the most nutritious, most economical and least polluted fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains and dairy items. You can even print out a copy of the guide to take with you when you shop. Brilliant!
Have a healthy, happy holiday season!
Until next time...become the change you imagine.