Healthy Eating on a Budget

Healthy eating tips seem to be popping up everywhere these days, including in my company’s own Phoenix Focus: http://www.phxfocus.com/2011-06/healthy-eating-budget/!

What a great article if you are interested on eating healthier even on a budget.

Ellwood Thomson's Local Market

The article mentions a lot of great tips and ideas.  I’ve included some quotes and highlights from the article followed by local resources to help you!

Grass Fed Hens

“Choosing organic, ethically raised meat and animal products is also a choice for healthier nutrition. Meats from animals that are raised in natural settings, which means cows grazing on grass in open fields and chickens having space to claw and dig in the dirt and, yes, eat bugs, produce meat of a much different quality than the factory-farmed counterparts.”

Resources:

http://belmontbutchery.com/ (Richmond, VA – Museum District)

http://www.nadolskisbutchershop.com/ (Goochland, VA)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/yellow-umbrella-fresh-seafood-richmond (Richmond, VA – Near West End)

http://www.aultsfamilyfarm.com/

http://ellwoodthompsons.com/in-the-store/store-departments/meat-seafood

“When choosing organic produce, it is useful to know the “dirty dozen,” the 12 fruits and veggies that the Environmental Working Group has found to contain the highest levels of pesticides. Each year the list changes based on test results, but the most recent list (June 2010) includes celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach, cherries, collard greens/kale, potatoes and grapes.”

Resources:

http://www.foodnews.org/

http://www.ewg.org/

http://ellwoodthompsons.com/ (Richmond, VA – Museum District)

from Phoenix Focus

“Be sure to hit your local farmer’s market as soon as it begins in the spring. Ask the farmers how they grow their foods. Sometimes foods are only minimally sprayed with pesticides (or not sprayed at all), but the cost of organic certification is too high. And there are arbitrary rules against small farms obtaining a USDA organic certification, so it always pays to simply talk to your local farmers.”

Resources:

http://www.buylocalvirginia.org/

http://www.buylocalvirginia.org/search/search-result.cfm?type=market&County=3142&keyword= (Farmer’s Market Locator!!!)

http://ellwoodthompsons.com/grown-locally-produced-locally-good-better-best

 “While it may seem some processed foods are cheaper, the real steal is on the nourishment they forgo. Empty calories leave us hungry for real food. When we spend money on whole, organic and fresh foods, we naturally feel more satisfied.”

 

Local Community Garden

“Eat less meat. There is no way around it: Meat is expensive… From a budget standpoint, reducing the amount of meat you eat allows you to spend your dollars on other foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and beans to stretch the food budget. The trick is to find ways to reduce the meat in your weekly menu while still enjoying delicious and satisfying meals.”

Resources:

http://ellwoodthompsons.com/ (Richmond, VA – Museum District)

{What ways have you found to save money and still eat healthy, local and fresh?  How much do you invest in organics?  Where do you shop?}