Summer is just the best because there are so many options to purchase fresh, natural, organic, pesticide free vegetables and fruits! Heading to our local farmers market every Saturday is becoming one of my favorite things to do on the weekends. The vibe, people and fresh smells draws me in and makes me feel good and confident that I will be purchasing and eating high quality foods. I used to think buying fresh fruits and vegetables was expensive, especially from a farmers market. I left the market with a big bundle of carrots, an entire basket of zucchini, bundle of beets, flowers and a 3lb bag of sugar snap peas. Wanna know the damage? $13. You read that right, $13 for over a weeks worth of vegetables.
People tell me so often that they don’t have the money to spend on nutrient dense healthy foods. I tell them that it doesn’t have to be expensive and they just need to learn where the best resources are for the best foods at the best price. This takes a little bit more thought and planning, but the benefits greatly outweigh the work. Plus, you will feel better knowing you are supplying your family with the healthiest options. Here are a few tips of eating healthy on a budget.
- Do your research – find the stores or farmer’s markets that have the best prices on quality foods.
- Buy in season fruits and vegetables
- Make a weekly menu before going shopping
- Buy in bulk and freeze anything that might spoil
I bet your town has a farmer’s market so I encourage you to go and then make these carrots!
- 1 bundle of fresh medley carrots, stems removed
- 1 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
- 1 tbsp fresh ground thyme
- 1 tbsp fresh ground rosemary
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Toss the carrots with the coconut oil and herbs and spices and place on a baking sheet. Place in oven for 35-40 minutes.