Tips For Eating Organic On A Budget

Choosing to eat organic produce can be tough on your wallet, especially when you're feeding the whole family. Here are some tips for you to save money while still enjoying the great benefits of going organic.

1. Plan your meals.  Plan ahead so you can buy in bulk.

2. Have a meatless dinner at least once a week. Meat can be one of the biggest expenses at the supermarket.

3. Stock up on pantry items when you find them on sale. If you like a particular kind of grain or flour and you find it on sale, stock up.

4. Try to buy these foods organic as they tend to be the foods with the highest pesticide load. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) calls this the ‘Dirty Dozen’: Apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, snap peas, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, hot peppers and kale/ collard greens.

5. To save money, you can buy these foods conventional as they tend to have the lowest pesticide load. You will note that most of them have a thick peel. EWG calls this the “Clean Fifteen:” Asparagus, avocados, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, mangoes, onions, papayas, pineapples, sweet corn, sweet peas and sweet potatoes.  

6. Buy online. For packaged items, you can save a ton of money buying online versus specialty organic shops.

 

Do check out a variety of organic products we carry over here at affordable prices that allows you to eat healthy without worry! 

J. Kang

Our Favourite Hazelnut Recipes

Heart-healthy, high in vitamins and minerals and oh-so-delicious, hazelnuts add a nutty and fragrant flavour to any dish. We all know hazelnuts go perfectly with chocolate, but have you tried them with cheese and even vegetables? Hazelnuts are irresistible in baked goods and desserts, and equally delightful in savoury vegetable dishes, pastas and appetisers. We’ve selected five of our favourite hazelnut recipes for you to try (including one for homemade nutella!). 

Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Shortbread by Dave Liberman

Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Bread from Cooking Light

Toasted Hazelnut Salad with Dried Cranberries and Hazelnut Vinaigrette from Epicurious

Homemade Nutella from The Splendid Table

Roasted Pumpkin Hazelnut Crostini from Annie’s Eats

 

J. Kang

Natural Sugar Alternatives

We all crave a sweet little something from time to time, but it can be hard not to feel guilty about the empty calories, blood sugar spikes and other adverse effects that come with processed sugar.

Thankfully, there are now many great natural alternatives to processed sugar with various health benefits. Here are a few alternatives to sugar to try. 

1. Agave Nectar

Made from the agave plant (which also gives us tequila), this syrup with notes of caramel has slightly more calories than table sugar but is about 25 percent sweeter, so you can get away with less of it. Plus: Agave nectar does good things for your gut. It contains a type of dietary fiber, known as a prebiotic, that nourishes intestinal bacteria. 

2. Maple Syrup

Pure maple syrup is high in manganese and zinc: 100 grams of syrup provides 22% and 3.7% of their RDVs respectively. Manganese is necessary for several enzymes that are needed for energy production and antioxidant defenses while zinc is essential for optimal immune system function.  (For some variety, try our new organic maple syrup in blueberry and cranberry  flavours!)

3. Molasses

Molasses is a thick syrup produced when the sugar cane plant is processed to make refined sugar. One serving (2 tablespoons) of molasses has about 30% of the daily iron requirement for premenopausal women, as well as 14% of our RDV of copper, whose peptides help rebuild the skin structure that supports healthy hair. It is also high in vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium, and antioxidants. 

4. Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar contains traces of iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium, we well as antioxidants. It also contains a fiber called inulin, which may slow glucose absorption.  

5. Stevia

Sweet Stevia leaves have been consumed by humans for hundreds of years. While it is not a significant source of nutrition, the great thing about stevia is that it will not affect blood sugar levels at all, making it a great all-natural sugar alternative for diabetics. It is also calorie-free.

6. Raw Honey

Sweeter than sugar, get honey that’s been organically and locally produced to reap the full benefits. Packed with vitamins, honey also has antimicrobial properties. It does have more calories than normal sugar but because it’s sweeter you use less of it. 

 

Do not forget to check out our range of natural sweeteners which include the orgnic maple syrup singapore and we ship internationally as well! 

J. Kang

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