Raw Food (Fruits and Vegetables) Diet For Those On A Budget

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Switching to a raw food diet can be beneficial for your body and your health. Eating fresh fruits and vegetable that have not been altered by heat, you will get all the essential vitamins and nutrients the food has to offer. However, continually buying fresh, organic produce can put a wrench in your grocery budget. Luckily, there are ways to make sure you save money when shopping for a raw food diet. Here are some tips to eat raw on a budget.

  1. Start your own garden. You do not need a huge plot of land to cultivate your own produce. Some greens will grow well indoors or in windowsills. If you absolutely do not have room to grow produce, you can plant your own herb garden or sprout garden.  These do not need much room to grow and can spice up your raw food diet.
  2. Join a community garden. If you still want to have the home grown experience but cannot find the space, consider getting together with others and rent a plot of land to start a community garden. With a bigger space, you can plant a variety of fruits and vegetables to sustain your raw diet.
  3. Buy in bulk. If you have access to a warehouse store, you can buy fruits and vegetables that will not go bad quickly. You can also bring along a friend when you shop so you can divide the bulk portions up and reduce the possibility of waste.
  4. Shop bulk bins are your local health food store. Most health food stores have a bulk bin section, and items like seeds, nuts and grains can be purchased in bulk. Simply choose what you want and pour the amount into a provided bag. By eliminating the packaging, you can save some money.
  5. Freeze food. Buying produce when they are in season means getting the freshest fruits and vegetables and the cheapest prices. To take advantage of the cheap prices even after the season is over, buy extra and freeze immediately so that the produce does not have the chance to go bad. Fruits like bananas, strawberries and pineapples freeze well. Pull them out later and throw them in a blender to make a delicious raw fruit sorbet or ice cream, or add them to a smoothie.
  6. Dehydrate extra fruit. An alternative to freezing excess fruit is to dehydrate it. If you have a dehydrator, you can preserve them so that they will be good much longer. Fruits like mangoes, plums, peaches, bananas, apricots and pineapples are great dehydrated. Buy them when they are at their freshest for the highest amount of nutrients and dehydrate them into slices or chips. These make great on-the-go snacks.
  7. Ask your favorite grocer when they mark down produce. Often times, grocery stores have a regular day for marking down produce. Check with your store manager or a cashier when that day is and come early and stock up. If they do not have a set day, see if you can take some produce off their hands that is just about to go bad. Rather than throw it all out, they may give a deal on the produce. Take the fruits and vegetables home to consume immediately, freeze or dehydrate.
  8. Shop at farmers markets. Local famers have the best, freshest and often organic produce around. Since the produce does not need to travel far, the produce is less contaminated with harmful pollutants and is more nutritious. Find out then the farmers markets are scheduled and make sure you visit them weekly for the newest and freshest produce.
  9. Avoid recipes that call for expensive ingredients. Keep in mind that ingredients like exotic fruits and oils can run up your grocery bill. While they may be good to try from time to time, strive to center your menus on meals that involve easy to get foods.

 

The raw food diet can keep you running at top notch, inside and out. It focuses on eating fresh and organic produce whose essential nutrients and enzymes have not been affected by the heating process. Buying all fresh produce can run up your grocery budget, but by shopping smart, you can save money on your raw food diet.

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