In a recent email that I received from CT NOFA (the CT Northeast Organic Farmers Association- yea I'm kind of a dork when it comes to ag and gardening stuff), there was a great resource shared for those of us who like to eat healthy but are on a budget. Sound familiar? (insert my raised hand here...)
The Healthy Food Guide is a great resource put out by the Environmental Working Group but I'll let CT NOFA give a further explanation of what this list does:
Environmental Working Group’s “Good Food on a Tight Budget” project aims to help people with modest food budgets find the healthiest foods. This analysis is the first comprehensive food-ranking system that considers nutrition, affordability and common contaminants that arise from environmental pollution, processing and packaging.The guide's food list categorizes the top inexpensive and healthy foods according to food group, then provides tips on how to get the most out of each dollar you spend, noting that some foods that aren't listed because of high pesticide use may also be available from organic sources at a low cost. Make sure to scroll down for valuable resources related to each food group. To save on time in the kitchen, the guide also provides a list of easy recipes that prove that "cooking at home is the best way to save money and enjoy good food." excerpt via
This list sounds right up my alley. They break the list down by fruits, veggies, grains, protein, dairy, cooking oils and fats, and staples and spices. They even tell you what the best buys are and what foods may be higher in pesticides. Here's a snapshot of the fruit page.
This list helps me remember that even if I can't buy everything organic or do all the best 'green' practices out there, each little step I take is a good thing. Check out the full Good Food Guide here, where you can also print out your own guide to take to the store with you. Happy healthy eating!