Each day, a small victory is won in the name of healthy eating. No longer limited to the produce aisle, it’s becoming more common for grocers to carry an ever-expanding selection of organic foods. Still, it can seem overwhelming when choosing the right foods for your healthy diet, but with a little preparation, eating organic can be as easy as pie.
If you are delving into organic for the first time, there are a few things you can do to make your shopping experience more fun and effective. For starters, begin with foods you already eat and love. If you’ve never tried nut butters, for example, stick with organic peanut butter.
You should also look for organic versions of staple items, such as produce, dairy, and breads. The familiarity of each item will still be there, but you’ll also be giving your body the healthy boost it needs and deserves.
While it’s good to stick with things you know, eating organically can also be an adventure. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and try new things. This can be especially fun in the snack aisle—give potato chips a rest and opt for organic vegetable chips like sweet potatoes, pea crisps, and carrots. They taste great and introduce much needed vitamins and minerals into your diet.
Of course, many people agree that organic food can be a financial commitment. If you are concerned about the overall costs of going totally organic, focus on the foods that count. Chemicals and pesticides affect foods differently, but the ones to be careful with include meats, dairy, and delicate fruits like berries. Prioritize your organic shopping with these items, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier you.
Above all else, relax and enjoy yourself, relieving some of your shopping stress by bringing a grocery list. Remember, start with foods you already love, like staples or snack foods, or with the basics such as meat, dairy or fruit. Even if you cannot commit 100 percent right away, every step toward organic living is one toward your overall well-being. Get your list, grab a cup of organic coffee and fill your cart with healthier options!