Healthy and organic foods have a nasty reputation for being expensive, but luckily you can ignore the gossip mills. While it’s true that grocery bills can add up fast at the natural market, there are plenty of options that fit into any budget (gotta leave room for nights on the town, right?). The following nutrient dense and versatile foods give you major bang for your buck. In fact, if you consumed all of these items in one sitting it would total less than $5!
- Cost: ranges from $1.50 – $3 per pound
- Ideas: The possibilities are endless with rice. Top it with your favorites veggies, wrap it up in a tortilla or nori sheet, whip up a rissoto, and turn it into a dairy-free milk.
- Cost: around $.99 per pound on average
- Ideas: They can be used in many, many dishes from soups, chili, salads, dips… the list goes on and on. But, before it ends, this black bean burger recipe must be included.
- Cost: approximately $1-2 a bunch
- Ideas: It can sub in for lettuce in almost any dish, like sandwiches and salads, and is fantastic on it’s own. You’ve got to try making your own kale chips! Also try adding it to your juices.
- Cost: $.79 – $.99 lbs
- Ideas: Can be used to sweeten many recipes, from breakfasts to desserts to drinks (including frappuccinos!). Check out 10 Things to Do with a Banana (get your mind out of the gutter!)
- Stock up on dry or freezable goods when they’re on sale or you have a coupon
- Buy organic produce at farmers markets or CSAs whenever your schedule allows
- Avoid packaged foods and buy in bulk whenever possible.
- The ultimate best deal is growing your own!
- Check out this article on shopping on a budget for organic food