Posted by British Gas in Community
Organic food is produced without any pesticides or artificial fertilisers. The animals that produce meat, dairy products, eggs and poultry are not subjected to growth hormones or antibiotics. Many tend to eat organic because they think it is healthier, while others just think it tastes better. However, one complaint people generally have is that organic food is expensive, but eating organic does not always have to burn a hole in your food budget. In fact, with a few simple tips anyone can start eating organic. Here are a few to get you started.
Plan meals and make a shopping list
Planning your meals and sticking to a shopping list when you visit the supermarket can make a big difference in your food budget. In the UK alone million tonnes of food gets wasted every year, along with a lot of money. Putting in that extra ten minutes of planning can result in eating better and saving a few quid.
Join a Box Scheme
Join an organic vegetable box scheme and get fresh vegetables delivered straight to your door. All the vegetables are seasonal and usually produced locally. The idea behind these schemes are to support your local farmers by helping them get a fair price for their product while at the same time you receiving fresh vegetables, that have been harvested only a few days ago, at a low price. You can find a Box Scheme in your local area via Veg Box Recipies search site.
Cook your meals in bulk
Start making your meals in big batches where you can use cheap ingredients such as beans, lentils and tinned tomatoes, different herbs and spices. After you have had your dinner freeze all the leftovers in portion sizes.
Look-out for coupons and special offers
By keeping an eye out for coupons and sales in your local supermarket you can make quite a few bargains. Try stocking up on products that are on special offer when possible.
There are tons of free food out there just waiting to be picked so why not go for a walk and pick some wild mushrooms, berries and more. You can turn it into a fun family day outdoors and go on a wild food hunt adventure.
Do you eat organic food? Share your favourite tips on how to eat organic on a budget with our readers.
This guest blog was written by Nazila Maparzadeh, you can read more of her thoughts at gemb.co.uk