pHresh & Clean

Eat Clean & Save Green

Do your best to invest in yourself today; your future depends on it!

 

Make a list, check it twice

It may sound silly, but the first step when it comes to greening your grocery list is to actually make one.
Heading to the grocery store armed with a carefully thought-out list is a great way to avoid buying more than you need, loading up on industrially produced CRAP (Carbonated drinks, Refined sugars, Artificial sweeteners & colors, Processed foods) that’s harsh on your body, and adding unnecessary costs to your grocery bill.

Be flexible

This is the number one way to save money on produce. If you are willing to try new vegetables or to forgo your favorite fruit when it’s not in season, you can save a lot of money each week.
Know how to substitute in a recipe! Use raspberries instead of strawberries, or white onions instead of red. The taste won’t always be the same, but sometimes you can come up with some really tasty combinations that you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise!

Do the work yourself

Prewashed and cut fruits and veggies can cost twice as much as whole produce. You can always cut and package them yourself for on-the-go snacks.
Learning to preserve your bounty is essential if you find a great deal on a bunch of produce. Freezing is usually the easiest way to go… if you have the freezer space available.

Buy in-season

Stick to in-season fresh produce whenever possible, but don’t be afraid to check the frozen section for out-of-season fruits or veggies that may be cheaper than fresh. If you’re near San Diego, check out San Diego’s Harvest Calendar for upcoming in-season produce. Buy enough in-season produce for the whole year {or as much as you can}. Freeze, dry, can, pickle, or ferment anything you can’t use before it goes bad.
This goes for seafood too – be on the lookout for in season wild caught fish.

Buy bulk

While navigating the grocery store head straight to the bulk bins and stock up! As your bulk food staples grow, you’ll have shorter shopping lists and an arsenal of inspiration for your home-cooked meals.
As an added bonus: You can display your beautiful beans, grains and spices in jars throughout your kitchen.

Shop local. Farmers markets & Community supported agriculture (CSA)

Farmers markets are a great place to buy organic foods for less. In-season produce is almost always going to cost less, so try to be flexible and cook with the harvest. A CSA is another thrift-tastic way to eat with the seasons. If a CSA half-share seems like more veggies than you could eat or afford, see if a friend wants to go in on it with you. You can also freeze a portion of your haul for later :)

Saving moo-la when buying grass-fed beef and organic chicken

Check your local farmers markets – often local farmers sell for less. It is fresh and right from the source. By buying direct from the farmers, you save money by eliminating the middleman. Think about buying in bulk. You can easily buy a quarter side of beef or even a half and store it in the freezer. Check out Farm Bureau San Diego County to find reputable farmers.
Get to know your local quality discount stores like Costco, they should carry organic eggs, chicken and grass-fed meat for a reasonable price. You can also save by buying less desired cuts of meat that require longer cooking times. These cuts are usually very reasonably priced and taste amazing when cooked longer. Also, when buying cuts of meat on the bone. The nutritional value is greater and so is the flavor. Generally these cuts of meats cost less too!

Make your food last and get creative with leftovers

Wash and store your produce appropriately for the type and when it looks like it’s about to go south, resuscitate it in a delicious soup or stew.
How about leftovers? Don’t toss them. With a little TLC, leftovers can be transformed into fresh new meals.
Batch cooking is another way to save time and money. Double or triple your favorite recipe and freeze the leftovers for a quick and healthy meal when you’re in a pinch.

As you can see, there are tons of ways to make a CLEAN plate work for your budget if you’re ready to spend a little extra time. When my food expenses start creeping up, it’s usually because I’m being a bit of a slacker, not because of my clean-inspired recipes. It’s because I’m not planning my meals, my apron is in the corner having a time-out and the takeout menu is get more action than I am!

Make new habits by trying at least one new recipe every week. You can do this!