A reoccurring theme I have here is easy and quick. Who doesn’t love that? Here is a healthy work snack or meal that will make everyone envy your lunch. I was able to prepare this the night before because I never have enough time in the mornings. I know some of the major concerns when it comes to eating a proper diet is time and expense. Well, this organic fruit salad virtually took no time at all (less than 5 minutes) and I made for under $1.75. When I went to the farmers market to buy produce, I spent a total of $7 for this recipe and it made roughly 4-5 portions. This picture above is 1 serving size.
When you want to eat organic, fresh, or all of the above, but do not want to break the bank just think out of the box. I am always hearing, “I’d like to eat organic, but it’s too expensive”. Well, yes that’s true, it is more expense than non-organic and if you limit yourself to the organic section in the grocery store, you will most likely end up spending more money than you needed to. That is the expense that leaves a person with a knot in their throat and an ache in their belly, at least thats how I feel when I walk away from the grocery store after spending $200 on what seems like barely anything. To avoid that appealing feeling I just mentioned, branch out.
Now a days, there is a variety of places one can go to buy organic produce. Visit co-ops, farmers’ markets, health food stores, and community agriculture programs. Buying a share in a community agriculture program near you will also save money. By paying for a portion of the farms expense you will get a weekly box of the freshest produce delivered straight to your home eliminating time and money usually spent of grocery shopping organic in major food chains. Plus, you can support local farmers! Also, by doing a simple Google search in your area, you can find lots of organic organizations you may not have known of previously.
Secondly, buy in season. The best best best time, I stress best time, to buy organic produce is during the peak of the growing season. As the season progresses, more and more produce is produced making a larger amount of product compared to demand. This is the time when prices tend to be lowered. Sometimes it’s minor changes, sometimes it’s dramatic changes. Another option is to bargain with farmer’s markets. They may need to get rid of produce quicker than expected and will be willing to wiggle the price down for you. If worse comes to worse, all they can say if no. I always say, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Third, embrace your freezer! Eating frozen foods do not always have to have a negative connotation attached to it. Buy in bulk when organic produce is cheap, then prep and freeze for leftovers later in the seasons. By doing this, you can eat organic year round at a much more economical price. Keep all these tips in mind when shopping or planning your weekly meals especially this year because of the expected rise in food prices this season. The bottom line is eating healthy truly can be simple, quick, easy, and most importantly absolutely delicious.
Organic Fruit Salad
Preparation: 5 minutes
- 1 pear, chopped
- 2 cups green grapes
- 1 cup black berries
- 2 cups pineapple, chopped
- 1/2 pomegranate seeds
- 1 Tbsp almond granola (Bear Naked, optional)
- Juice of half a lemon
- organic honey
Chop the pear and pineapple. Deseed the pomegranate. Mix remaining ingredients into a mixing bowl. Stir the honey and lemon juice in a separate bowl until well blended, then pour mixture over mixed fruit.
I just realized, I lied. Chopping the pineapple and deseeding the pomegranate will take longer than the projected 5 minutes. I suggest doing that step a head of time. There will be plenty of freshly cut pineapple and pomegranate seeds not used that could be eaten immediately or used in another dish.