When you hear the word ‘organic’, the first thing that comes to mind for a lot of people is a big price tag. These foods, which are not grown with pesticides, are a great way to keep these chemicals out of your body – but many think this is a luxury they can’t afford. Holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy says that definitely shouldn’t be the case, and sat down with us at Your Morning to share which items to buy, which to avoid, and how to save money overall.
Follow the clean 15 / dirty dozen list
When it comes to the dirty dozen – the foods that are, every year, labelled as containing the most pesticides – it’s definitely a good idea to buy organic. The clean 15, on the other hand, contain the lowest level of pesticide contamination and, if you’re unable to buy organic, are your safest bet.
Buying bulk for flours, grains (brown rice, quinoa, oats), nuts and seeds is far more affordable than buying food in a package; packaging alone can make up 15-20 per cent of the cost. Buy on sales and supersize! Stores like Walmart and Costco have brought more affordable organic food to the masses, making it easier than ever to buy organic. Support the smaller independent shops too, look for sales and discounts, and use coupons.
When you buy foods that are in season, they are far cheaper. Even better, organic food in-season is cheaper than its conventional counterparts. This is especially true if you shop at farmers markets and their fruits and veggies are growing in abundance.
Grow and make your own organic food
Instead of buying organic baked goods from your favourite health food store, make them yourself. You can even make super simple foods like granola at home – something that could normally up your grocery bill.
Planting herbs like basil and chives is super inexpensive and can be done right on your windowsill to, once again, cut down on how much you’re spending. Even going as far as growing romaine, tomatoes, or kale can guarantee organic produce – all from your own garden, with little to no cost.