How to save money on your healthy grocery bill
Summer is almost here, and that means shorts, tank tops and clothes we may not feel so comfortable in just yet.
Even with exercise, it's still important to eat well or those clothes you wore last summer won't fit no matter how hard we try.
For most of our healthy eating fat-loss rules, it's very important to try and pack as much good food into our grocery carts as possible. But, as we know, just like the price of gas, the price of good food is not inexpensive!
So, how do we do it? How do we afford a healthy fat-burning trip to the grocery store without breaking the bank?
Here is a great list to help you meet this goal and actually enjoy what you're buying too!
1. One of the most important foods to fill your cart with are fresh vegetables and fruits.
Especially with vegetables, they're low in calories, high in nutrients and, as one of my weight loss success stories told me:
"You can eat as many vegetables as you can until you almost burst, and you'll still lose weight"
Items like spinach, romaine, kale, peppers, carrots, celery, sweet potatoes, celery, corn, oranges, bananas, are important and help you feel full while losing weight.
But, there are certain veggies and fruits that you want to buy organic due to their high pesticide content (even washing and peeling doesn't help)
The 12 fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic are:
Thankfully, organic foods are not as expensive as they used to be, and not all fruits and veggies are high in pesticides.
You don't have to buy bananas, melons, or oranges organic for example, so you can get those at special price-reduced stores that may not always have the best quality items otherwise.
The rest you should try to get organic - like the ones listed above.
And, remember, even if you can't get it organic, it's still good to eat, so get it anyways.
2. Look for produce or other grocery items with a discount due to a "close to expiry" date.
For example, I just bought a large container of organic spinach with a $2 discount because it was close to expiry.
But, since I eat spinach like a rabbit, this wasn't an issue and only had to toss a few slightly slimy leaves. No biggie.
Saving $2 was huge and it helped me get in more of my favorite vegetable for a low price!
3. Buy seasonal produce rather than those not even close to season.
Maybe you don't think twice about this, but don't buy berries in the winter.... you'll pay almost double and you can be sure that it's been trucked 1000s of miles to get to the store.
So, not only are you paying more, but our planet pays for it with more carbon waste and pollutants.
Berry season is coming up soon and there are a lot of awesome local farms to purchase fresh berries from.
This is not only inexpensive, but has higher vitamin and mineral content. And, it tastes WAY better!
If you need ideas for local farm stands near you, check out these sites:
In the winter, when most produce is not in season, choose frozen, untainted fruits and veggies (no butter, sugar, etc).
AND - DO NOT MICROWAVE IN PLASTIC STEAMER BAGS!! (unless you want cancer...)
Cook it in a corning ware dish or on the stove in minimal water is best.
4. Buy pre-bunched items.
The other day, I bought 5 pre-packed cucumbers for just $2.88.
Bagged apples, oranges and grapefruit are like this too. Plus, it helps saves trips to the store!!
5. No matter how strapped you are for time, avoid pre-cut items, like cut apples, squash, and corn.
Not only is this more expensive, but it usually is preserved with something to prevent browning, and this "something" may not be great for you.
6. Use the shelf stickers that list the price of the item per weight.
This is a great way to price compare using the volume/weight of the food to get the best deal!
Most stores have this option - so use it when you can!
7. For meat, fish and poultry, dairy and eggs, try to buy free-range and organic whenever possible.
But, when this is really pricey, or not possible, choose natural items with as few added ingredients as possible.
8. Finally - make your grocery list based off recipes/meals you plan to eat for the week.
Decide what you're going to make for the week and then buy for those recipes or meals.
This is not only time efficient, but prevents you from buying things you MIGHT make, but don't get around to and end up throwing away.
But, don't hesitate to buy something that's on sale for an outstanding price and modify your plan for the week so you can save $$.
Eat well and save money too! Enjoy!