People tell me all the time that they can’t eat clean because it costs too much. And while I’ll agree it does cost more than the $1 menu at McDonald’s, I have actually found that it saves me money at the grocery store! Here are some tips for saving money on fresh, whole foods: Grocery Saving Tips.
One of the best resources I have found is Clean Eating magazine! In the latest issue (February 2011), they give you 21 meals for $2 each plus a week’s worth of groceries for just $66! My family has enjoyed DELICIOUS meals all week including Catfish Fillets with warm corn relish, Spiced pork tenderloin with lemony pear & cranberry relish, Mediterranean vegetable, white bean and feta penne, and Orange chipotle chicken over cilantro rice. These are all from the $2 Dinners section! I encourage everyone to buy this magazine. My family practically gets all our recipes each month straight out of it, and have not been disappointed yet!
Another way to save money on produce is to buy local. Participating in a CSA is an easy way to purchase local! Local farms have a service where they box up a share of their fresh produce and deliver it to a drop off point. Members can then pick up their share. Each week you get fresh, local foods without any thought or shopping! Buying local cuts out all the middle men, saving you money as you support local business! Look for a CSA in your area. If you are in the Nashville area, I highly recommend Delvin Farms. My family participates in their CSA, and love them! There will be a drop off this year at Lakeshore Christian Church. If you are interested in participating, please visit their site for all the information.
Eat Clean and Save Money!!