The DeLish Bite

Lindsay Evans blogs about food, entertaining and her favourite recipes for Green Living.

Every time we look at the evening news we get a swift reminder that times are tough and for a great deal of us, wallets are getting tighter. The current recession is certainly affecting a lot of us and we are being advised to spend wisely by making smart choices on how we spend our hard earned dollars. When it comes to green living, it is often assumed that eating green, especially choosing expensive organic foods, is a luxury that we just cannot afford anymore. I would like to offer a few valuable suggestions on how you CAN continue to eat green, and stick within your budget. 1. Decide that you are going to focus your dollars on where they matter most. For example, choose wild fish and seafood instead of farm-raised, purchase organic coffee instead of regular coffee (which has pesticides), and scour out local farm raised meat and poultry. 2. On the flip side, decide what expensive and low quality foods should be eliminated from your diet. For example, reduce the amount of over processed foods that you purchase for yourself and your family. Not only do they have inflated prices, however they do not contain the nutritional punch per penny that real foods do. 3. Remember organic is not necessarily better than local. Decide to purchase seasonal and local produce as much as possible. Check out and get to know your local farmers markets and download a seasonal produce list from your area (for example Foodland Ontario). You will not only be reaping the rewards of the freshest and therefore tastiest produce available (that has not traveled 1000’s of miles to get to you) but you will be saving money too. 4. Decide to start cooking again and reacquaint yourself with your kitchen! It is a well known fact that foods prepared at home cost less than take-out or processed foods. In addition, you will be saving valuable time at home with your family rather than driving to pick up that take-out. 5. Buy in bulk. Large containers of bulk foods will absolutely cost less than individual packages. And think about what organic and healthy foods you can buy in bulk and freeze like meat, fish and poultry, hard cheeses and fresh seasonal fruits like berries. 6. Brown Bag your lunch. And if you can, invest in some eco-friendly food containers which will keep food fresh, safe and wrapped in style. Assemble quality and healthy snacks at home like nuts and seeds, cheese and crackers, dried fruit, and fresh vegetables and fruits rather than buying less healthy, more expensive, pre-packaged and processed snacks. Stay tuned soon for Part 2 of how to eat green on a budget!