Eating Healthy on a Budget: Tip Part 1 of 5
âEating healthy is expensive.â I have heard this from numerous clients transitioning onto a healthy lifestyle. When I transitioned my own lifestyle, I actually saved a bundle. Hereâs how I did it. (See Tips 2, 3, 4, 5)
Tip No. 1. Buy Fresh local produce â Itâs better for your body and your wallet when you eat according to the season. Locally grown food doesnât have to travel far to get to your plate nor is it grown under artificial conditions. Therefore, you get the most flavor and nutritional value from them, and it is much more affordable. Want to know whatâs in season? www.eattheseasons.com (for US residents) and www.eattheseasons.co.uk (for UK residents).
Here are some options where you can buy the best of whatâs in season:
Farmerâs Markets: I love the farmerâs markets. The energy of community is great and you get the opportunity to meet the farmerâs who grow your food and ask them questions. It gets you in touch with nature and the origin of our food. And often, youâll find new fruits and veggies you never knew existed, and people are happy to share recipes and tips on cooking and serving. All this for a fraction of the cost. I left my local farmerâs market last week with an abundance of veggies for two people (lasting us about a week) for less than $30. Find a farmerâs market near you by clicking here.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): To get your hands on the best grub at the market, you might consider joining a CSA. Terms vary but the basic premise is you buy âsharesâ or become a member in exchange for a certain amount of fresh vegetables. For more information and to find CSAs in your area, click here.
Fresh food delivered to your door: Similar to CSAs, there are other membership programs available for getting fresh food delivered to your door. For those living in Richmond, Virginia area, check out The Farm Table. For those in the VA and DC areas, there is also Relay Foods, which carries other groceries in addition to vegetables.
Grow your own: If youâve got a green thumb, a bit of land, or an interest in going green while saving the green in your wallet, you might want to consider growing your own. Garden plots are popping up everywhere in urban areas and even schools so donât let your location stop you from learning more.
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