As a Mom, my most important job is to keep my family safe and healthy. Did you know you could cut your exposure to pesticides by 90% if you buy organic food? The concern for most people is how to start, and how to afford it. You absolutely can and here’s how.
I am a big fan of not wasting food. Once an item gets used up in my fridge, for example ketchup, I replace it with organic ketchup the next time I shop. This makes the process toward an organic kitchen slow and less expensive. The same goes for all the other items in your kitchen, even down to your spices. Doing it slowly makes it feel doable and way less overwhelming. Plus, who can afford to throw out food?!
Buy in bulk
Most health food stores have bulk bins filled with healthy organic foods, minus the expensive packaging. In fact, some of the time the organic food in the bins are cheaper than the non-organic in the packages! This is a great way to save the environment from wasteful packaging and some cash.
Another option to buy in bulk is stores like Costco and Sam’s Club who have jumped on the organic band wagon, big time. LOTS of money can be saved by freezing and dividing food from these types of establishments.
Make from scratch
Personally I’ve got the time, but not so much the money. Buying a big bag of organic dried beans from a bulk bin is about 1/4 the cost of buying them in a can. If you’re willing to spend the extra time cooking items like these, you’re bound to save. Other examples include bread, yogurt, hummus, oatmeal and almond or rice milk.
Cut the junk
In addition to going organic, I vowed to start cutting the junk my family consumed, and the first to go was sugary drinks. No more juice, soda or flavored water. We consume water and almond milk only. This cut our grocery bill by almost $30 a month. My kids are healthier, get sick way less, and gave ZERO cavities. Other things include cookies, chips, and most processed food. Having a treat once and a while is OK, but make it from scratch and save!
The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time by Rogers, Elizabeth, Kostigen, Thomas M., Cameron Diaz and William McDonough (Jun 19, 2007)