I was inspired by a friend, actually several who have communicated to me in the last few days the desire to eat healthy but find it quite overwhelming in where to start especially if money is on the tighter end. Sadly these days real whole food is much more expensive then processed food, I’m not going to tell you it’s going to be cheaper or you will walk out with a skip in your step but I do have some ways to help that big price jump maybe seem more like little rabbit hops.
Even on a small grocery budget we can make small steps that have big results in our families health and well being!
1. Throw out that vegetable oil and buy coconut oil– Vegetable oil has NO VEGETABLES FYI it’s all hydrogenated oils and just plain nastiness just watch this 3 minute video on how it’s made. I hope you enjoy the bleaching part at the end, yeah GROSS! Instead grab Coconut Oil it can be replaced with canola oil for baking and anything, I haven’t purchased Canola Oil or Vegetable Oil in YEARS and coconut oil has a million different uses! If you have a Costco they carry a GREAT brand for a slam dunk price that will last you a good long while.
2. Make a meal plan and have a budget. I know you have probably heard this 8 million times but it’s true plan out your week. If you know you are going to be out most of the day with plans in the evening on a Tuesday, plan out a crock-pot meal. Work your meals around your families schedule, but I also think having a few healthy emergency meals in the back of your freezer isn’t a bad idea for those last minute life changes. Making a list and sticking to it really does help you save money and your budget.
3 Buy Bulk- Ya’ll Costco is a life-saver in this department. Buying in bulk stretches your meals and your budget. I buy a box of gluten free pasta every month for $7.99 that has four 1lb bags in it, so I plan to have a pasta meal every week that month, $8 a month for 4 meals for a family of 5 is a good savings! BONUS it does allow some creativity on what to make for meals.
4. Learn the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen- If you can’t afford a 100% full organic lifestyle no worries this is a great way to get the best of both worlds. If you don’t know what the Dirty Dozen is it’s the 12 most sprayed fruits and vegetables that are worth buying organic to not ingest the chemicals. The Clean 15 is the least sprayed produce and is okay to purchase conventional.
Fact: A single grape sample contained 15 pesticides. Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece. -EWG
You can find the list here
5. Cut back on eating out: Eating out is not cheap, for our family to go to a sit down restaurant we average about $50 AT LEAST YIKES! Make your kitchen a fun place for picnics, potlucks, gatherings with family and friends. It’s okay to eat out but cutting back is massive savings.
6. Decide what’s important-This becomes trickier to figure out but sit down and play a game of “Would you Rather” Most of us can’t always afford to buy organic dairy and grass fed meat so if you need to make a choice choose what’s important to you. If your kids drink a lot of milk but you aren’t big meat eaters maybe buying organic milk is a better choice then grass fed meat. Small changes will make a big difference!
I hope this helps you and makes the process a little easier. What would you add? What other questions do you have?