Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Top 10 Healthy Yet Cheap Organic Foods

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

Cheap organic foods? In the face of global economic struggle, the issue of personal finance is at the heart of the average consumer. But do you really have to shed an exorbitant amount of your money to purchase organic foods over conventional?

The answer is no, and there is a surprisingly large amount of high quality organic foods that are quite cheap — even when considering low income families. Even families on foodstamps have been able to live entirely on an organic diet on the foodstamp income alone.

There’s even a documentary about it called Foodstamped, which is hosted free online. The couple in the film eats a 100% organic diet on as little as $40 a week. There are keys to keeping costs down such as buying from farmers markets when possible and always buying whole food options as opposed to pre-made or processed meals, but I am going to give you a list of 10 key items that are really quite cheap.

In fact, they purchased many of them in the film to keep their costs down. When you get the opportunity, you can even store up on some of these items in bulk and cut costs even further — not to mention that many of these foods are capable of acting as long-term storeable foods.

Here are the top 10 healthy yet organic real food items that won’t break your budget:

1. Brown Rice

Brown rice has a lengthy shelf life when stored properly in a sealed container, and can make for a full meal simply by eating it alone or adding in some of the vegetables in this list. Organic brown rice when purchased in bulk, or at least not from pre-packaged bags, can be extremely cheap while able to be incorporated into many meals.

2. Assorted Seeds

Highly nutritious and beneficial food items like organic flax or organic sunflower seeds are available for a very low price — especially when you bag them yourself. Flax has a great deal of healthy fats and other nutrients, and can compliment a diet lacking in real nutrition while being easy on the pocketbook.

3. Eggs

Certified organic eggs are extremely cheap when you consider how many meals a regular carton of 12 eggs can provide. This is amplified even further when it is locally harvested. At Whole Foods you can find local eggs on sale for around $2 a dozen or even less. If that’s too much, then go straight to the source and buy in bulk. When considering that around 2-3 eggs can make a meal, an entire carton can provide a lot of quality nutrition for a very low price. It also doesn’t hurt that eggs are known as powerful superfoods.

4. Carrots

Chop them up and include them with the brown rice, or juice them for a great morning drink. Carrots can be purchased in bulk size for less than $4 and will last quite a long time.

5. Apples

Great for flavoring up juices or combining with peanut butter (see next down the list), apples are a tasty fruit that literally do keep the doctor away. Plus, they also happen to be really inexpensive.

6. Peanut Butter

High quality organic peanut butter can help keep your taste buds happy while shopping organic on a budget. It can also be combined with other food items like seeds or apples to alter the snack altogether, and is often a favorite among children.

7. Nuts

Nutritionally dense and great to snack on as a meal or inbetween one, nuts like almonds and cashews can be found for close to nothing when packaged yourself or purchased in bulk quantities. Another food item that stores for a very long time.

8. Olive Oil

Long hailed as a key remedy to multiple conditions and used in cleansing activities like oil pulling, you can find organic, extra virgin cold pressed olive oil for less than $5. You may be surprised how much you can get, too. Don’t look for fancy brands, but try your best to ensure that it contains the wording ‘cold pressed’, ‘extra virgin’, and of course USDA certified organic.

9. Grass-Fed Meats

The best bet with grass-fed meats, if you choose to eat meat, is to purchase from a farm directly. You can find meats like bison and buffalo for a low price when dealing with the source. These meats are particularly of high quality as buffalo and bison are not administered the same degree of medical intervention as cows and chickens. In fact, federal law protects buffalo meat from a great deal of antibiotic use and even hormonal injection.

10. Onions

Onions are known to pack a nutritional punch that rivals many superfoods within the fruit and vegetable family. They are also excellent flavor boosters and can be added to your brown rice vegetable mix, topped off with some olive oil, and make for an absolutely delicious meal that is both free of harmful ingredients and nourishing to the body.

It doesn’t have to drain your bank account to avoid toxic additives like high-fructose corn syrup, MSG, aspartame, genetically modified ingredients, and so on. Instead, checkout these top 10 cheap organic food items, shop in season, and find local farms and farmers markets to go straight to the source. Also, please share this article with anyone who thinks that organic simply cannot work for them as it is too expensive. For less than 20 dollars you can purchase a considerable amount of organic food items that are both delicious and contaminant-free.

This article first appeared at Natural Society, an excellent resource for health news and vaccine information.


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Anonymous said...

Where is 'garlic' on that list? It is The Most Beneficial food you can buy - kills all kinds of bad stuff - at a very low price.
And don't forget the spices - cinnamon (best battler of the flu), turmeric (serious cancer fighter), etc. And they add such spice-of-life to meals.
The three most important rules for healthy eating - 1] eat whole foods, 2] buy local and 3] know your sources.

Anonymous said...

I was sorry to see this article suggest WHOLE FOODS for any thing Organic, considering the exposes on the net about them.
Other low cost nutritious foods: Organic celery (highest source of natural sodium)--add peanut butter--great snack.
Organic coconut oil -- if you don't like olive oil
Local grown Jerusalem artichokes-(said to be high in inulin -food for intestinal flora) Also, very easy to grow yourself

Anonymous said...

don't forget avocados!

Anonymous said...

Good topic for an article. But very little here on cost or price. Agreed on vegetables and fruit but you should warn people about the high price of organic beef.

As for your eggs statement...."At Whole Foods you can find local eggs on sale for around $2 a dozen or even less."

I would simply add....and you can also find staff who are instructed to tell you BOLD LIES about GMO food, while their owners call their buddies at youtube and get them to CENSOR videos exposing Whole Foods lies about GMO food.

Anonymous said...

Great article. We need much more of this information out there, until it is commonplace knowledge (again.)

Unknown said...

Nuts, peanut butter, olive oil - all those foods are not cheap at all! Better do your homework. Actually everything is going up!

Anonymous said...

Sea weed, is largly forgotten exept in the Easten world, but the old ones survived on this during harsh times and wars.

Any costal are have this in its seashores, and can be easely harvested and dryed, grained and even make it to a Bread, like the old time Potate flattbreads, this is easy to make, and can be made on a frying pann in the forest.

Seaclams in all sorts are exelent food.

Even the bark of some trees kan be made to bread and some even give Juice and oil.

Cannabis can be eaten in salads, highly recomended, and above that one, infakt faar above the rest on regard of minnerals and almoust everything else, are Neasls(the burning ones) picked in the spring, and is eaten as a soup. Graiend and boiled, fresh.
Exelent food.
And salt, never understemate salt, alfa and omega of long time survival.
Shugger is everwhere in the Nature, but salt has to be extracted.
Mineral or by the sea.


Anonymous said...

Although it takes more room than most people have to grow all your food, if you buy some of the foods above, like oil, nuts, eggs, and grains, your can then grow the other foods that will make your diet healthy and varied, like kale, lettuce, carrots, green onions, garlic, and herbs, as well as tomatoes, peppers, basil and squash in the summertime. And that will only take a few hundred square feet, which most people can find and have time for.


Glad 'garlic's not on the list,it tastes lousy and STINKS to high heaven,its benefits are apparently dubious or so I'm told.JEL.

Anonymous said...

Since when was peanut butter part of a heaLthy diet? And meat? Eggs? Come on, I don't care how cheap they are, it's irresponsible to encourage folks to put these items in their mouths. Suggest veggies (especially greens) healthy oils, nuts and seeds (although not particularly cheap) buckwheat and quinoa instead of grains, anything sprouted (in fact, this is a serious ommission and must be included in any article about cheap, healthy food.) sea veggies, beans and lentils. There are, of course, other healthy items, for example, anything alkaline-forming, anything raw (saves on cooking costs) plus some superfoods, but they are usually cost-prohibitive. So... cheap doesn't necessarily mean healthy - go back to nutrition school before you write another food article.

Anonymous said...

Buckwheat is the best.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous@11:13PM- You keep on eating what you want and I'll eat the same plus beef, venison, fish, eggs, chicken, turkey, and so on. Most of these are either raised by me or harvested (killed) hunting and fishing. Why would you discourage others from eating the bounty God provided just because you fell for the VEG propaganda? Misery loves company?

laverneisgold said...

Your article is on point. I purchase all of those foods and they are inexpensive, delicious and beneficial.

Anonymous said...

Eggs have gotten a bad rap over the years. Raising them is easier than many believe and many townships allow hens.

Spices are important contributions. Most are also easy to grow on balconies or sunny windows.

Grains fill people up, but I've become dubious on the beneficial effects on the body. They do produce toxins and in some people cause serious health effects. Seeds are a healthier option. Peanuts are one of the biggest GMO foods in the US. Windfall nuts are plentiful this time of year.

A good "starter" article and reminder that Hamburger Helper isn't the stuff of healthy families and budget friendly.

Anonymous said...

Do not forget "SWEET POTATOES" :)

Anonymous said...

The comments here were better than the actual article lol. I'm using a lot of organic spinach lately, inexpensive and much better for you than most lettuce. Also agree that garlic is great and should have been on the list. Perhaps a good strategy would be to produce the expensive stuff yourself (honey, shallots, mushrooms, etc), and buy the cheap stuff.

Anonymous said...

I'd add Hodgson Mill Oat Bran. Bought a 16 oz. box just two days ago, for $2.49 - it'll last for AT LEAST one week. It's part of the "NON-GMO VERIFIED PROJECT"

Anonymous said...


The article's writer must be using a definition of the word "cheap" with which I am not familiar.

Organic rice, carrots and onions can be bought reasonably... but the other 7 will NOT be cheap by any stretch of the imagination.

They let anyone write things for the inter-tubes... evn people who have no idea what they're writing about.

richardjoy said...

In agriculture, which means that crops were grown without using conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers or sewage sludge, and they were processed without food additives (like chemical preservatives). With regards to animals, they must be reared with no routine use of antibiotics and hgh and fed a diet of organic foods. In many countries, organic produce ought not to be genetically modified.

Holiday weight loss said...

The organic foods are good for health as they contain less amount of pesticides. But many people are not able to buy them just because of their high costs. But there are lots of food around us that are organic but cheap. Brown rice,nuts,peanut butter etc are good for health and easily available.

Toby Crane said...

Thanks for sharing this information about the organic grocery stores in Chicago. I hope to be able to figure something out about this.

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