As part of the new nutrition plan, all of us are on, we want to get the best quality of food for our budget. I came up with a few tips and tricks to make things a little more affordable while you’re shopping.
I know at first, this one is more expensive than saving but when it comes to things such as proteins, buying smaller items one at a time can add up. Places such as Costco, Canadian wholesale or Walmart can be beneficial. Disclaimer: our goal is still to purchase as direct as possible, meaning organic, fewer parabens, GMO, etc. So be warry when purchasing your products from some of these places *cough* Walmart *cough.*
This has to do with freezing meats, vegetables and your perishables. Let’s say Thrifties is having a sale on organic beef. It’s a 2-for-1 and you just can beat the price. Buy 4 and freeze 3 of them! This is a great way to take advantage of the sale and have that food for later.
Some of you may not enjoy this tip, but buying cuts of meats such as liver, heart or stew cuts, are more affordable and usually more full of nutrients. Same with things such as eggplants, yams, mushrooms, or brussel sprouts. There are some amazing recipes out there that can take these cuts and make them taste as smooth as butter (trust me, I use them for the liver.) These meats and vegetables are usually half the cost and fully stocked.
These foods are direct to the consumer. They cut out the middleman and lower the price for everyone. Good chance they are made a little healthier as well. You’re supporting the local economy and putting confidence into our local farmers, and cooks. There are some all-year-round farmers markets such as The Root Cellar.
Foods that are in season are easier to grow, in high stock and cheaper. Some of you may want oranges in the winter, perhaps look into the mandarin oranges. Or in the summer, purchase plumbs, apples, and/or blueberries as they are more native to the local area. Hunting and fishing are all years round but in the spring months, for instance, spawns of salmons come up the rivers and make salmon a bit of a hot commodity.
If you can set up a deal with local fishermen or hunters, you are truly going to get the best cut of meats or fish. In the end, you may be paying the same price in a store, but those meats are going to be fresh, organic (hopefully,) and trusted as you have now built a relationship with the person who begins the whole food process.
This one can be about not wanting to chop and dice as much as about saving money. Look for the high-quality standard and get those frozen foods. Simply throw them on the pan and watch them become golden brown in seconds.
In the winter, this one can be hard but in the summer, if you can grow your own lettuce, tomatoes, garlic, basil, dill, or whatever else you want to, you will truly experience what it’s like to have a fully nutrient vegetable/fruit. Imagine cutting lettuce right off the stock, washing it and putting it into a salad. Mmmmm.
The food we eat impacts our lives a lot more than we think. In modern culture, we have lost the importance of our choices. The best way to look at food is as an investment. Over time, your composition will change and your bodily functions will improve. Cognitively, you’ll be more awake, alert, energetic, happier, motivated and focused. Absorption of healthy vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, fats and carbs will become more apparent and you’ll be feeling younger and better than you ever have before.