Essential tips on Smart Shopping for fruits and vegetables

blog_img1 It is often challenging to fit the budget of fruits and vegetables, while ensuring the nutritional value and quality of the foods purchased. Consumption of healthy foods promotes good health and improves immunity to combat certain diseases. And making healthy choices does

not necessarily have to hurt your wallet. Here are some tips on low-cost shopping to meet your fruit and vegetable needs.

  1. Celebrate the season: Use fresh vegetables and fruits that are in season. They are easy to get, have more flavour, and are usually less expensive. Your local vendor or seasonal food markets are a great source of affordable foods.
  2. Why pay full price?: Look for discounted ads and coupons advertised in newspapers or grocery chain websites. Often, you can get more for less by visiting larger grocery stores (discount grocers if available), or making huge transactions online.
  3. Stick to your list: Plan out your meals ahead of time and make a grocery list. You will save money by buying only what you need. Don’t shop when you’re hungry. Shopping after eating will make it easier to pass on the tempting snack foods. You’ll have more of your food budget for vegetables and fruits.
  4. Buy small amounts frequently: Some fresh vegetables and fruits don’t last long. Buy small amounts more often to ensure you can eat the foods without throwing any

    away.

  5. Buy in bulk: For fresh vegetables or fruits you use often, a large size bag is the better buy. Canned or frozen fruits or vegetables can be bought in large quantities when they are on sale, since they last much longer.
  6. Keep it simple: Buy vegetables and fruits in their simplest form. Pre-cut, pre-washed, ready-to-eat, and processed foods are convenient, but often cost much more than when purchased in their basic forms.
  7. Plan and cook smart: Prepare and freeze vegetable soups, stews, or other dishes in advance. This saves time and money. Add leftover vegetables to casseroles or blend them to make soup. Overripe fruit is great

    for smoothies or baking.