When you buy in bulk, you save quite a bit as you avoid the packaging costs. Some health food stores have bulk bins where you take as much as you need at a reduced price.
There are some problems though that you should be aware of. I am finding that many seed and nut products are in disguise. If you are use to labels on packages with the manufacturer named, that does not usually happen at the bulk bins. Be watchful of what you buy and ask questions first. Bring low quality food to their attention, and praise the high quality even louder.
Is the food grown organically, sustainably or wildcrafted by reputable sources.
Does the product sit in the bins long or does it turn over rapidly. Fresh is always better. You'll have to ask the store clerk.
Does your store or outlet accept and use feedback from their customers to improve their product quality.
If you don't find any high quality bulk items locally, here are two companies on the Internet that we trust.
- Raw, Organic, Ethical: Just click on the "About Us" menu link and learn about this unique company that has quality nutritious foods in mind.
Essential Living Foods
- I love these people. They have brought great news to the raw food industry. Things just keep getting better the more we look for good healthy foods. Be sure and watch their video about "Truly Raw Cacao Powder and Cacao Butter" on their "Videos & News" drop down menu.
We were buying the raw, organic, dehydrated sunflower and pumpkin seeds every week. They are lightly salted and are a great way to get extra high quality protein. Glen and I each ate about 1/4 cup every day as part of our breakfast. We were paying about $25 a week, for these seeds. It's very hard to afford healthy foods when you are paying these kind of prices.
Finally we purchased a dehydrator and found a company over the Internet that sold the raw organic seeds in 5 pound packages. We began making our own dehydrated seeds. This reduced our cost of these two foods to about $7 a week. That's a 72% savings.
The dehydrator has definitely paid for itself. This was the second one we owned. The first one was round with no thermostat. Plus the crumbs dropped right into the fan/heating element. So you might want to investigate before buying.
The one we have is an
L'Equip Food Dehydrator
and it has been really dependable and holds a lot of food or just a little depending on your needs.
We now make spicy pecans and other snack foods that are healthy for us. When you soak nuts and seeds, you are increasing their nutrition content and making them easier to digest.
If you like to snack, definitely learn how to dehydrate to afford healthy foods. You can save a lot of money.
Mary Bell's Complete Dehydrator Cookbook
has some excellent basic information to help you succeed.
When you grow your own sprouts you add variety to your diet and increase your nutrition. They are fresher and less expensive than the ones you find in the stores. And, this is another way to afford healthy foods. Good quality seeds are alot cheaper than sprouts.
When seeds get wet, they start to grow. Enzymes come alive and begin processing the elements from the air, the water and the seed itself. The result - more nutrients from the seeds.
"On an average, sprouting seeds triple their amount of Vitamin A, increase Vitamin C from 5 to 6 times, and grow the Vitamin Bs alone by a whopping 300% in just 3 to 6 days. Complex starches are converted into simple sugars making sprouts easy to digest raw and quick to cook."
Growing a vegetable garden on your patio or backyard is very do-able. This is a great way to increase your ability to afford healthy foods. There are excellent books on this subject. You don't even have to have a lot of room. As food prices increase, we would all be wise to take a look at this option. Here are a few books you might look at to gather more insight.
You can get the best foods at the lowest prices from your local farmer's market if you have one. Even local farmer's sometimes have roadside stands with fresh organic or sustainably grown produce. When I began looking for new ways to afford healthy foods, this was my first choice.
One more thought here. You may be close to farmers that provide food through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). This option provides the highest quality foods but you'll have to examine how it affects your costs. It may vary from area to area.
You'll find more information about CSA's and farmers markets to help you afford healthy foods on this other page ... Organic Food Sources.
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