Get Fit Friday: Going organic without breaking the bank

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- It's an ongoing trend in the food world to buy organic but let's be honest here; it can get expensive.

Casey Peer from the Wellness Center at Dowell Springs tells us what is qualified as an organic food. "Organic typically means that something is safer in the sense that it doesn't have growth hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides."

That sounds great but how can we save some money?

"You can go to the different websites of manufactures and they will often times will have single use coupon that you can download and use." say Casey.

But if coupon clipping isn't your thing then you can try some helpful tips from Casey.

"Prioritize your organic purchases. It is more expensive to buy organic so if you budget doesn't allow for that you can consider the dirty dozen which would be your fruits and vegetables."

Fruits and vegetables such as the "dirty dozen" which are things with a soft outer shell like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, red peppers, and grapes.

However, if you want to stick with the basics of organic foods, buy organic milk, eggs and meat.

Those three types of foods come from animals therefore, you could be eating the same growth hormones and antibiotics that the animals were treated with.

But the good news is, not everything has to be organic. Casey tells us "The thicker skinned fruits or vegetables you don't have to necessarily buy those organic."

Those include onions, avocados, frozen sweet corn, pineapples, mangos, asparagus, frozen sweet peas, kiwi, bananas, cabbage, broccoli and papaya.

Going organic might not be for everyone but for those interested it can be affordable by using the following coupon sites:

www.Annies.com
www.EarthFare.com
www.HorizonDairy.com
www.Kashi.com
www.OrganicValley.coop (don't worry it's not a typo--it's coop)
www.CascadeFresh.com
www.AppleGateFarms.com

Hopefully, those will help you be more organic in your everyday life.


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