- Buy in Bulk (Whole Foods, Costco, Co-ops, Sam’s Club):
- non-gluten grains (rice, quinoa, millet, oats, etc.)
- Nuts & seeds
All of these are versatile and can make several dishes while adding fiber.
2. Pay attention to specials. Grocery stores are understanding the demand for healthy, organic foods, so they’re enticing shoppers with deals.
3. Plan Ahead: when you meal plan, not only do you eat healthier because you have everything you need on hand and prepared, but you also save money by not buying random items that are not needed. Stick to the plan and buy only what you need for meals/snacks this week.
4. Store Produce Correctly: shockingly, almost one third off all food that we produce worldwide is wasted. Therefore, if you can learn to store perishable produce correctly, you can potentially save a lot of money and help to reduce this alarming worldwide collective of food wastage. (http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/food_waste_the_facts).
Here are a few ideas to protect your produce in the fridge:
Keep Away Moisture. Excess moisture around your produce invites spoilage into your fridge. Pat all produce dry before stowing it away. It can also help to line your vegetable crispers with dry towels to help absorb some of the circulating moisture.
Air Flow. If produce is crammed too tightly together, temperature control and fresh air circulation cannot operate properly. This results in slimy vegetable spoilage that is easily preventable by spacing out your fruit and veggies so that they have proper ventilation.
Keep Your Friendly Veg Together. Even after they are picked, fruit and veggies emit natural gases. Some of these gases can mix and accelerate spoilage in your produce. For example, apples and carrots should be stored in separate drawers. Otherwise, your carrots will taste soapy! Potatoes and onions should also be stored separately.
5. Buy from a Local Farmer’s Market. connecting with your local growers and buying fresh, local produce is not only cheaper but also offers a bounty of health benefits. Produce from Farmers’ Markets tends to be seasonal and freshly picked, which means you are eating food at its peak nutritional quality. And whilst you’re saving money on your Grocery Bill, you are also supporting the local economy. Make friends with your local farmers today, you may even get a few freebie extras 🙂
6. Eliminate Waste: Tap into your creative power and learn how to optimize the full lifecycle of common foods. Repurposing food has the twofold benefit of reducing your food bill and cutting down your carbon footprint. Some of our favorite tips include:
- Reserve your veggie juice pulp and use it later in patties, casseroles and soups.
- Dehydrate leftover fruit that is too ripe to enjoy eating any longer.
- Make a ‘Leftovers Frittata’ using all your remaining veggies the night before you shop. If you don’t eat eggs, bind your frittata with bean flour and water.
7. Make Your Own Garden! Herbs are especially easy to grow and can be grown all winter long. http://www.gardenguides.com/138857-make-own-indoor-herb-garden.html
8. Choose the Clean 15: Some items suck pesticides up like a sponge and others are quite resistant due to their outer layer, such as avocado and pineapple. Check out this website: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/