It would be nice to eat steaks and foie gras all day every day, but high-quality foods are expensive. And let’s face it, there are times an all-organic diet isn’t sustainable at all. This doesn’t mean you should settle for cheap, overly-processed foods. The key is to be selective about the kinds of food you eat, even when on a budget. In today’s post, I give you tips on the best foods to get when you’re broke:
Organic grains are healthy but expensive. On days when your savings cannot sustain expensive goods, try whole grains instead. The important thing to consider is to go for whole grains made with very little to no additives. At this point, you should start learning how to read labels. Find out what additives or food flavorings you should avoid. We recommend barley, wheat flour, quinoa or couscous. These products are made with healthy whole grains but aren’t as expensive. But again, double check the labels. Go for brands with ingredients you recognize.
The best kinds of meats are those from grass-fed, organically raised sources. But if you’re really broke and you can’t afford all the nice meats, opt for antibiotic-free and hormone-free lean meats instead. If you must have beef, always ask for antibiotic-free and hormone-free lean beef. If your budget does not allow meat products, then go for protein-rich vegetables and local eggs instead. These food items are just as filling but are a lot healthier than meat. Dairy products, tofu, and vege-meat are great options too.
Fruit and Vegetables
Ideally, the best kinds of fruits and vegies are the organically produced kind. But since those are more expensive, go for produce with the lowest pesticide loads instead. Another tip is to go for produce that could be peeled as opposed to those eaten with their rind. Peeling the fruits or vegetables lower the pesticide load even further. If you have no choice but to buy conventional produce, make sure you wash the products thoroughly! Peel them if you can. Cheap fruits and vegetables include apples, cantaloupe, grapefruit, turnips, sweet potatoes and cabbages. Most of these are always in season.
Dairy products are rich in high-quality protein and essential nutrients. But the wrong kinds are loaded with hormones or antibiotics. Some dairy cattle are given higher doses of female hormones to make them produce more milk. Responding to public outrage when the secret came out, some dairy companies pledged not to use growth or female hormones. This is why it’s important to do your research. It’s one thing to buy cheap, it’s another to make smarter food choices. You want to make sure you are getting your dairy products from trusted sources.
Rather than spend more money on caffeinated or carbonated beverages, opt for water instead. Nothing beats water when it comes to hydration. Water does not contain calories too. You can drink as much as you want and not get fat! Even better, water is cheap and nourishing!