With the new guidelines on healthy eating, many of us are faced with the battle of affording what we are suppose to eat.
Here are 10 tips to help you budget your fruits and vegetables.
1. Just like anything else we shop for, do your homework. Use your grocery ad, coupons and otehr savings in planning what fits into your budget
2 Plan to buy the fruits and vegetables that are in season and on sale and use them in meals and snacks that week.
3. Before you shop,plan your weekly meals and snacks. Start by using a list and doing an inventory of what is on hand.
4. It is recommended that we think variety. Make a point to try a new fruit or vegetable each week.
5. Buy whole fruits and vegetables instead of pre-cut or pre-packaged forms which tend to be more expensive.
6. Consider frozen and canned if fresh are too expensive. Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables keep longer than fresh.
7. Read the label. Look out for added sugar in canned fruits; look for fruit packed in water or juice. Choose veggies with low sodium.
8. Like with other purchases we make, consider generic or store brands instead of name brands. Store brands tend to cost less and have similar taste and nutrition.
9 Larger bags of frozen fruits and vegetables may be a better bargain. If you are using a coupon, see if it is to your advantage to purchase the smaller bag.
10. Use fresh fruits and vegetables within a few days after shopping and use frozen and canned fruits and vegetables later in the week. Prepare some fruits and vegetables and place in bags or storage containers in the refrigerator so they will be ready to grab for lunches and snacks!