“Organic” is everywhere. You literally can not walk down an aisle at the grocery store without seeing that on the label. But, unless you have a fairly limitless budget, making the switch from conventional to organic can be tough. While we try to do our best to put the best we can on our table, we have to be realistic, too. So, here are my tips on how to make your organic dollars count.
Buy Organic When it Counts the Most
There are some foods that seem to soak up lots of the “bad stuff” (pesticides, etc), and those are conventional foods you want to try to replace with organics first. My family is huge into veggies and fruits, so we started with the worst of the worst first. Here is the list of the Dirty 14 worst foods; these are the ones you should try to replace first.
Start Simple First
You can start replacing the staples in your pantry with organic options fairly easily. There are tons of organic options for products like flour, sugar, salt, etc. Replace those so that the “meat” of what you are making is organic. Organic eggs, butter, and milk are readily available, too. Many of the conventional brands even make organic options. Buying organic is easier when you replace whole ingredients, rather than trying to find substitutes for conventional foods. You can find organic macaroni & cheese, but it is still processed. Make your own with a homemade sauce, and you will use a little of the staples you have on hand, saving you money & giving you peace of mind because you know the ingredients you are eating.
Famers Markets are popping up all over the country. They all may not be grand & hipster, but you can find a local farmer fairly easily all over this great land. Buying locally helps the local economy & helps your neighbors financially. And, by buying locally, you get the option of asking questions about the products & getting answers from the people who made them. Buyer beware, though: Some municipalities do not regulate their markets, making it possible for people to resell store-bought goods as farm fresh. So ask questions!
Organic eating can be a healthy & affordable way to integrate good health & better nutrition into your lifestyle. Start small, replacing the worst of the worst with organic options. Then, replace your pantry staples with organic options and get cooking!