Thinking about going organic but not sure where to start? There are a ton of benefits to choosing organic – for your own health and for the earth, but it’s also been perceived as expensive and not accessible to all. Many have questioned: “is it worth it for me?” while browsing the aisles at the grocery store. The word ’organic’ can sometimes come with intimidating connotations and we’d like to debunk them.
Thanks to the rising demand of organic options, organic goods have never been *this* readily available or price-friendly. Eating organic no longer has to be expensive; it’s all about being an informed consumer. We’ve come up with a few tips to help you shop organic without maxing out your grocery budget.
1. Know your labels – Not all organic products are created equal. For example, did you know that a product only needs to contain 70% of organic ingredients to use the claim “made with organic ingredients” on the package? Instead, you may want to look for USDA Certified Organic goods – products with this certification must be made of at least 95% of certified organic ingredients and must meet the following requirements:
We’re proud to state that Core Organic is a USDA certified Organic product that you can add to your shopping list and feel good about.
2. Prioritize your shopping list – Balance is always our goal, especially when it can save you some cash. Every year, The Environmental Working Group updates “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean 15”, two lists that rank pesticides in produce to help consumers make informed decisions. Why spend more money on organic produce, if the conventional form rarely contains pesticides at all? On the contrary, you’ll find there are some fruits and veggies that should almost always be purchased organic due to the high likelihood of containing pesticides. The lists are informative and straightforward for any consumer to digest.
3. Expand your horizon – Organic and speciality stores are no longer the only places to find fresh, organic options. Stores like Kroger, Costco, Target, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens are now offering hundreds of organic options, including our very own CORE Organic in some of these locations.
4. Eat according to season – Lately, seasonal eating has become a buzz-worthy topic – and for good reasons. Biggest tangible benefit? You’ll save money on food. When you buy what’s in season, there is more supply available and thus, lower costs. Eating food that’s in season means that it’s getting to the store before it’s had a chance to lose flavor and nutrients by shipping across the ocean. The result? Tastier fruits and veggies that are healthier for you. The inverse is true for foods that are out of season – they’ll have to be shipped from around the world to get to you, and therefore will cost you more and not be as ripe or as healthy.
5. Freezer Prep – Craving blackberries in December, you say? You’re not the only one! When your favorite fruit is not in season, don’t rule out the frozen food aisle. You can also freeze your own produce by purchasing the options while they’re in season, and freezing them for a few months down the road. A tried and true meal prep hack.
When it comes to shopping organic (and most things in life), balance and knowledge are the keys to success. Educating yourself on organic labels, produce pesticides and seasonal eating, will make the organic journey a lot easier on the wallet. Share this post with your own shopping hacks, we’d love to hear about them all!