Buy Seasonal Fruits and Veggies for Healthy, Affordable EatsPosted: June 12, 2011
Another great post from Lifehacker
Alan Henry — For many of us, eating locally and seasonally is a no-brainer. For others, we have no idea exactly how far away much of our produce is shipped, or the hurt that can put on our wallet at the cashier. If you want to save money at the grocery store and eat the freshest food, start locally.
Making sure to shop and eat seasonal vegetables that are grown as close to home as possible is just one of Dr. Darya Pino’s tips to save money while eating healthy food, but it’s a particularly good one.
Millie- Dr. Pino goes on to say that eating far more vegetables and cutting back on meat will save you money, but this doesn’t work in practice for several reasons;
- You need the protein as it contains depth of nutrients.
- Eating more veggies cost way more (they are way less filling) but also leaves you eating a higher percentage of carbs..not a good idea.
- Eating more meat and fat satiates you as opposed to eating a lot of veggies. You can’t get enough calories without eating a LOT of veggies and that adds up fast money-wise!
Remember; you want 50% of calories coming from fat, 30% from protein and 20% from carbs (all from fruits and veggies, mostly from one low on the glycemic index).
But she is correct in that eating produce in season is far cheaper AND less pesticides are used to grow them in season. Of course buying all organic is healthier and far more nutritious.