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Eating Organic On a Tight Budget

What you eat and how you eat is really a personal choice. But let’s face it, with our hectic schedules, irregular hours and peaking levels of stress, we’re not doing our body any good by filling it up with junk food. Which is why, eating organic as much as possible is recommended.

However, eating organic can become an expensive affair at times, especially during the last few days of the month when we’re on a tight budget. In fact, over spending on good quality organic food is something that makes us think twice about making it a regular part of our diet. But here’s the real deal, eating organic need not always be exorbitant if you have a game plan up your sleeve. To give you a head start on this, here are a few tips that you should keep in mind while eating organic on a tight budget.

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Vegan before 6 PM

How many times have you made a face when someone told you that they were vegan? Truth be told, while going completely vegan may not be the ideal choice for any people, trying to go vegan for a part of the day might work out on the contrary. Going vegan would automatically mean staying away from meat and dairy products which can be really expensive if you’re trying to buy them organic. Much against popular belief, going vegan need not mean sacrificing on all the good things in life. Today, you can make a vegan version of everything that is just as delicious. Which is why it is recommended that you go vegan before 6 pm, if you want to stick to an organic and wallet friendly diet. Besides, it’s got a lot of health benefits, it helps prevent a lot of life threatening diseases and helps keep your body and mind fresh as well.

Go for Grains and Legumes

One of the best ways of eating organic on a tight budget is by reducing the quantity of meat from your regular diet and substituting it with grains and legumes. Grains and legumes can not only be sourced organically, but they are good for your health and are very affordable as well. Extremely high on protein, grains and legumes are low-fat and are a great source of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidant compounds and dietary fibers as well. The best part is that they can be made into interesting and delicious preparations like dips, various forms of hummus, casseroles among others. Interestingly, legumes are called “poor people meat” and can be easily used for hearty, wholesome and filling meals.

Buy Local

Buy local, eat local, go local! This should become your motto if you’re planning to eat organic and it should stand you in good stead when you’re looking for inexpensive options for wholesome food. We often get caught up by the big fancy super markets and the expensive labels when it comes to buying organic, almost as if the more expensive it is, the more organic and healthy it is. In reality, some of the best and freshest of organic ingredients can be found in our local bazaars or in the farmer’s market around the corner. We’re talking beautiful vegetables, lush fruits, lovely whole grain products and a whole lot more.

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DIY Organic Meals

While there are several advantages of being a part of the high flying corporate world, it has its drawbacks as well. One of the major one’s being getting habituated to take out or ready-made meals. Convenient, fast and effortless, “2 minute meals” come as a savior to us at the end of a tiring day, but at what cost? Completely unhealthy and lacking in nutrition, ready-made meals are hardly organic in nature no matter what the label behind the container tells you. But like every problem, this too has a solution. A great way of eating organic when there’s a time and budget crunch is by pre-making organic meal batches and freezing them for when the time comes. All you need to do is buy in bulk when you have the chance and freeze them for a later date, it’s just important to choose the right organic ingredients, that’s all. Some organic foods that are great for freezing are fruits (like berries, bananas, apples, peaches, etc.), good quality meat, vegetables, etc. and the best part is that this method works out to be a great time saver as well.

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Buy in Bulk

One thing that you have to keep in mind while eating organic on a tight budget is to buy in bulk and for this planning ahead is crucial. The idea is to take as much advantage of the first few weeks of the month where you have the means to stock up on some key organic ingredients, all you need to do is make sure that you buy the right things. Some organic things that you should always buy in bulk and keep for the leaner days are grains, beans, vegetables (certain kinds) seeds, organic brown rice and the likes.

You don’t have to compromise on the quality of the food you eat just because you may or may not have the budget for it. After all, eating well is a form of self-respect and it’s best to create healthy habits and not restrictions.

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