Generic brands tend to be a lot cheaper than the well-known brands—they cost anywhere from 25-50% less than their overpriced counterparts. Besides the labeling, there is often almost no difference between the two products.
Organic fruits and veggies are on average 40% cheaper at farmer’s markets than they are at supermarkets. Especially try to go towards the end of the day, when the vendors want to get rid of as much of their product as possible!
Fruits and veggies that are in season are generally higher in nutritional value than fruits that are not in season and are transported here from abroad. But more importantly, in season fruits and veggies are cheaper, too!
Frozen fruits and vegetables tend to be much cheaper than the fresh stuff. They are also allowed to fully ripen, which means they are tasty and high in vitamins. Often times, fruits and veggies are picked before they are ripe, and instead they artificially ripen while they are shipped. This means that they don’t have nearly as many nutrients as the frozen fruits and veggies! Furthermore, frozen fruits are perfect for making delicious smoothies!
Trader Joe’s carries many of the same healthy foods as Whole Foods, but they are almost always cheaper at Trader Joe’s. For example, a bag of quinoa (an essential for many quick, easy meals) costs $9.99 at Whole Foods, when you can get the same amount at Trader Joe’s for only $4.99.
There are some essentials that may cost a bit more, but are totally worth it in the long run. Ghee, for example, is great for sautéing a side of veggies with lunch and dinner. The Chili or Himalayan salted flavor adds the perfect seasoning to any vegetable, like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, or summer squash.
Even though it is easy to get lazy when you have piles of homework to get through, greasy take-out is not your best option. Soba noodles cook incredibly fast; just add edamame, carrots, and grilled tofu, and you’re all set!
Vegetarian quesadillas filled with a small handful of cheese, black beans, spinach, corn, and bell pepper is a flavor-packed alternative!