Eating an Organic Diet: 5 Smart Shopping Tips

Eating an Organic Diet: 5 Smart Shopping Tips

Organic food choices are becoming a common presence in supermarkets and specialty stores all over the country as people turn away from artificial ingredients and pre-packaged meals. The health benefits of eating organic foods have made them popular, particularly for families who want their children to eat clean. If you want to add organic foods to your family’s diet but are concerned about the cost, there are several shopping strategies you can use to bring home organic fruits, vegetables, and meat without exceeding your grocery budget.

1. Plan Before You Shop

Because organic foods are widely available in a variety of supermarkets and specialty stores, it is wise to plan your shopping trip. Many stores have their weekly circular available online, while others have smartphone apps that allow you to browse sales and prices. Some chain supermarkets sell organic products, but you might find that their prices are higher than those you would find at specialty stores. Check prices on items you buy weekly, such as fresh fruit, to find the best possible deals.

2. Shop Seasonal When Possible

Organic fruits and vegetables are likely to be less costly when they are in season, which can result in an abundance of sales at your local independent markets. For example, blackberries and raspberries can usually be found at markets year-round, but they are at their freshest during their harvesting season, which lasts from May to early October. Not only can you save money on these fruits when they are in season, but their natural antioxidants also tend to be more beneficial when fresh instead of freeze-dried.

3. Shop the Bulk Aisle

Organic foods are not limited to fruits and vegetables. You can also find pasta, beans, and other starches, such as potatoes, at your local market. Shopping the bulk aisle can help you save money and stock up on these items, as they are not as perishable as other foods. Buying organic dried foods in the fall can be especially helpful to your food budget, as you can add them to soups and stews all winter long.

4. Revise Your Meal Planner

Keeping a meal planner can help you cut back on food waste and help you maximize the time you spend in the kitchen, so it is important to add organic foods to your meals and recipes in a way that helps you maintain that efficiency without additional expenses. One way to accomplish this is to reduce the amount of meat you use in your meals. Search for new recipes that focus on fresh vegetables or replace beef with organic cuts of chicken, which are typically less expensive.

5. Invest in a Water Filter

Water waste and harmful ingredients in tap water might be a concern for you as a parent, but buying bottled water can be harmful to the environment and add a significant expense to your grocery bill over time. Recycling can reduce plastic waste that comes from drinking bottled water, but there are other options that are both innovative and affordable.

Buying a tap water filter for your sink or a counter filter can prevent plastic consumption while giving your family access to clean drinking water. The filter only needs to be replaced every four to six months and the cost of the system can pay for itself over time. If you live in Southern California and want to learn more about how to reduce water waste, the Cadiz Water Project twitter page offers extensive information about conservation and organic farming.

Adding organic foods to your family’s diet can reduce the number of artificial ingredients and treated fruits and vegetables they eat. While eating organic can be costly, planning your shopping trips, comparing weekly deals and sales, and buying in bulk can help you save money each time you visit your local fresh foods market.

Bake It Happen and Help Fund a Cure for Metastatic Breast Cancer! #bakeithappen @ubakeithappen

Help fund a cure for metastatic breast cancer by baking and posting!#bakeithappenBake it Happen 2018

Bake it Happen 2018 is happening for the whole month of October.  Bake for a good cause.  Take a picture and post it on social media with #bakeithappen hashtag and help fund breast cancer research!

Two sisters launched an innovative campaign in their mom’s memory that raises funds for metastatic breast cancer simply by “baking and sharing” her coveted recipes on social media.

An anonymous donor will donate $5 for every Bake it Happen photo “shared.” 100% of the funds raised from Bake it Happen go directly to The Cancer Couch Foundation. The funds all get matched and go to support Metastatic Breast Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Fairytale Brownies Fall Box Giveaway! Winner’s Choice!

Enter to Win a Fall Box of Your Choice from Fairytale Brownies (APV $49)!

This great giveaway is sponsored by Fairytale Brownies

and Hosted by Mommy’s Playbook

Ready to win some delicious brownies? Keep reading and enter below!

Winner will Choose From One of These

DELICIOUS Fall Boxes from Fairytale Brownies!

Fall Bar Dozen with 12 Fairytale Bars: 2 Chocolate Chip Blondie, 2 Pecan Blondie, 2 Raspberry White Chocolate, 2 Cheesecake Swirl, 2 Cinnamon Crumb, 2 Lemon Blondie.

Fairytale Brownies Fall Bar Dozen

The Fall Bar Dozen: These bars of gold are pure heaven. Baked with brown sugar and vanilla instead of cocoa, there are six different flavors. Pecan tastes like Pecan Pie; Cinnamon Crumb is kind of like a cinnamon coffee cake; Cheesecake swirl is a mini cheesecake piece. Chocolate Chip is addicting, Raspberry White Chocolate is a buttery favorite, and Lemon is zesty. These blondies are a Fairytale specialty I know you’ll love!

Gourmia Sous Vide Giveaway!

Can we tell you a secret? Sous vide. It’s how the best chefs in the world get the most moist, mouth-watering dishes- every single time. And now you can too!

This Gourmia Wi-Fi Sous Vide Pod simplifies the entire process, and packs in the power of much larger, complex sous vide oven alternatives into one immersion pod powerhouse. It gets better. This sous vide pod features dual band wi-fi. Download our app, and you’ll be able to cook and monitor from absolutely anywhere!

It’s small enough to stick in a drawer- but don’t let the size fool you. This sous vide boasts 1200 watts of precise, hands-free cooking power. Simply clip on to your (heat safe) pot, pan, or bucket, and rotate the time/temperature wheel to easily adjust your preferred cooking settings. Then drop in your bags of food, and walk away!

Softer Than Brittle Giveaway!

This is a sponsored conversation written by Wrapped Up N U on behalf of Softer Than Brittle®.
Being a southern girl, born and raised I grew up eating brittle. My mom loved to cook and made it monthly. There is just nothing like the sweet buttery goodness of brittle! But the thing about traditional brittle is it can be pretty hard and not so friendly to your teeth. We were thrilled to have the chance to partner up with Softer Than Brittle® to not only try their brittle but to also offer our readers a chance to win some of their own to try.