24 Jul EATING BERRIES ON A BUDGET?
I get so many questions about eating clean on a budget and for good reason! Whether you are in college, have a family or just don’t want to spend crazy amounts to eat right, it matters to nearly everyone. Since it isn’t as simple as chasing specials, I am constantly looking for little life hacks to save some cash.
While most people won’t spend hours prepping, it’s definitely important to have a plan in place. I’ve always stuck to a few golden rules when buying groceries:
1. Shop Smart & 2. Buy In Bulk
This has worked up to a point, but I still ended up throwing some food out. I’ve always looked for the best way to fix this problem.
♥ Shop Smart
Fruits and veggies can get pretty pricey, especially if you are trying to buy organic. The best way to avoid high prices, and still get your fill, is to shop seasonally. While you can almost always find anything, any time of year, it doesn’t mean it’s in season.
Produce grows best in certain climates, during particular times of the year.
Learning when your favourites are in season will save you a ton of money. The downside is that you may have to give up your favourite fruit and veg for a few months a year, which no one wants to do.
I LOVE blue berries! They are loaded with antioxidants, low in sugar and basically the perfect fruit. I love them in smoothies and am not ready to give them up.
When they are in season I’ll buy in bulk, freeze them and enjoy them for months!
I went and stocked up on TONS of berries to stash in the freezer and eat all winter long! I mostly use my berries for smoothies or oats so freezing them is great. I also love packing dairy free yogurt with frozen berries if I’m out for the day. You don’t need an ice pack to keep it cold and the berries soften by the time you’re ready to eat.
♥ Storage is Everything
I used to always just throw a cup of fruit in regular plastic bags or containers, but the food ALWAYS got frosty bits all over it. It doesn’t really do any nutritional harm, but the fruit ends up completely flavourless and dehydrated. Might as well have not even bothered.
I make sure I use zip lock plastic bags to avoid this. Try it out! You’ve got to seal them tight though!
Hope this helps!