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10 tips for going organic on a budget

Organic FoodYou know that feeling, you’re standing in the supermarket aisles and you pick up a normal apple but out of the corner of your eye you spot the organic version on the shelf above it. Which should you choose? Understandably, you might look at the price to make that decision for you. But if you knew the benefits to going organic, maybe you’d think again.

There are numerous benefits to going organic, but here at nom, our top reasons are that organic food has a higher nutritional content, reduces your exposure to harmful synthetic pesticides and has less unnecessary hormones, is a GM free product but ultimately, it simply tastes better. That’s why ALL of our products are organic – have always been and always will be!

However, 9/10 organic food is more expensive than its non-organic alternative and for a lot of people, that still has to be the deciding factor.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of 10 tips for going organic on a budget:

  1. Buy in bulk

Buying in bulk is almost always a cheaper way to eat organic. You can buy online from places like wholefoodsonline for your cupboard staples such as grains, tinned pulses and vegetables. All our nom products are also available in bulk on our online shop, so you can save a bit of money there too. You can also buy and cook in bulk then freeze whatever is left-over for use next time. Which bring me nicely to my next tip.

  1. Use your freezer

Not only can you buy in bulk and freeze ingredients, berries etc, but making a bigger version of a recipe and freezing it in portions is a great way to have an easy dinner or lunch on one of those super busy days (or if you just want a relaxing evening with no cooking!) Saves time and money and means you don’t waste any food.

  1. Buy own brand

Buying own brand is one of the simplest ways to keep the costs down. You can cut pounds off some items by doing so. There really is not much difference between branded and own brand food.

  1. Make a gradual transition to being organic

You wouldn’t expect to achieve anything overnight, and the same goes for switching to organic eating. Start by choosing certain foods to buy organic and hunt to find them at the cheapest price. Each time you feel comfortable with the organic food you’re eating, try and incorporate a few more. In no time you will have found a comfortable balance of eating the foods you want, and keeping the costs down.

  1. Prioritise which organic food you eat

We try to eat organic food wherever possible, but there are some foods that aren’t completely necessary to buy organic and really, if it’s a question of cost, stick to those ones which are renowned for being better organic. Below is a simple visual looking at fruit and veg. It is called ‘The dirty dozen and clean 15’ and as I’m sure you can guess, try and buy the ‘dirty dozen’ organically when you can (including peppers, apples and cucumber), and don’t worry so much about the ‘clean 15 (including onions, avocado and mangoes).

  1. Planning

If you know what you’re going to eat for the week (or at least which recipes you’d like to cook at some point) it really cuts down the amount of food you put in your shopping trolley. It also means you won’t be tempted to go back to the supermarket later in the week and buy impulse food.

  1. Add affordable ingredients

Beans, pulses and root vegetables are the perfect way to make your meal go further without having to fork out for more expensive organic meat. Here at nom we love squash, lentils and chickpeas for padding out a meal.

  1. Eat less meat

Meat is one of the most expensive ingredients to buy organic, but it is one of the ones that is the best to do so. Cattle are often pumped with growth hormones, antibiotics and often suffer because of it. If you think about it, when you eat the meat of an animal, you are also eating whatever it has put in its mouth. Try making one meal a week without meat (meatless Monday is a super popular Instagram and Twitter day with loads of good recipes being shared!), there are loads of good vegetarian/vegan recipes out there, and they are equally as filling and tasty – we promise!

  1. Buy seasonal

Buying seasonal produce means that it doesn’t have to come from across the world to hit your trolley. Obviously this means there is less money spent on transport (and less pollution), so more money savings for your pocket. We love this website for keeping up to date with seasonal food http://eatseasonably.co.uk/what-to-eat-now/calendar/

  1. Buy local

We love buying local for so many reasons! Supporting local businesses just feels better than going to the big supermarkets. Although it often feels like buying at your local butcher or farm shop is more expensive than at a supermarket, if you shop around a bit, you can find some bargains right on your doorstep. It also may means less fuel used getting to the bigger supermarkets – win win!

 

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