Getting The Most Out Of Your Organic Foods
Hi there!I received a question the other day that I have gotten quite often recently.
“Since, organic foods (especially meats) are a little more expensive, how do I “stretch” them to get the most out of my money?”
Well I want to share with you a few of my favorite ways to make your meals most enjoyable while getting the best bang for your buck!
Buying the higher quality foods, especially when it comes to meats is definitely worth it. I’m talking about grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, wild caught salmon, etc. Grass-fed beef happens to be one of the purest sources of protein available…not to mention containing “healthy” fats (Omega 3) and even naturally occurring creatine (which is crucial for muscle retention as we age). Now it is obviously a little more expensive. So here are my tips to save money on good quality meat as well as for “stretching” your organic foods, especially meats as far as possible while creating complete, healthy, enjoyable meals.
Buy Meat in Bulk
One of my favorite ways to save money in buying high quality meat, is buying it in bulk. If you have extra freezer space or are willing to get an extra freezer, it is totally worth it. The two ways we do this at our home is…
- Shop at a farmer’s market – This is my favorite way to buy in bulk because it supports your neighborhood rancher. It’s a great way to get to know them and find out how they raise their animals and how the meat gets processed.
- US Wellness Meats – This has been a company that my family has worked with for quite a while now (my dad is the premier marketer for the grass-fed beef industry), and we love their meat. You can order from online, which is really nice. The quality is amazing and they have a really nice selection!
Making Meat Last Longer
- Drink a large glass of water 30-45 minutes before your meal (and between meals). Often we feel hungry and reach for high calorie foods when really we are just slightly thirsty and re-hydrating will make you feel satiated.
- Eat a large salad 15 minutes before your main course. Similar to #1, this allows you to start to feel more full before you even get to the higher calorie foods. Furthermore, this ensures that you include your vegetables (and prioritize them) instead of filling up on other foods and forgetting the salad completely.
- *You will find that when you do these two things, by the time you get to your main course you are no longer ravenous and you can comfortably eat a smaller portion and feel completely satiated while still getting the nutrients you need.
- **It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to catch up to your stomach to start to feel full. So eat slowly and enjoy your food.
Now to get the most out of the meats specifically, I like to add other items to it. This makes the meal more complete and helps stretch your resources much further. My favorite things to add are:
- steamed veggies
- green beans
- Etc. Be creative
Once you really get the hang of eating nutrient dense foods, you will find that you actually don’t need to eat as much as you previously did. One of the problems in our culture right now is that people are often eating foods that have little to no vitamins/minerals/nutrients in them and consequently are always hungry. Your body doesn’t feel full until it gets the nutrients it needs. So if people are only eating junk food, they never feel satiated and comfortable, no matter how much they eat.It might take some time to break out of the habit of feeling like you have to eat all the time to get the nutrition you need. But keep making those “small” changes daily. The better you eat, the better you will feel.
I would love to hear some of the ways you get the most out of your recipes and ingredients.