Eating Well on a Budget: Part 1 – Introduction
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Eating Well on a Budget: Part 1 – Introduction

Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 2:51 pm
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We understand that eating well can be quite the task when you have to have to consider doing so on a budget. Not to mention that natural and organic foods aren’t packed with preservatives like many of the processed foods you find on grocery store shelves. As a result, you’re left looking for ways to ensure nothing goes to waste. Add in the need to decide between organic or conventional produce and pleasing the picky eaters in your family, and you might feel overwhelmed.

Luckily, you aren’t alone. Recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a guide called “Good Food on a Tight Budget”. For years, the EWG has been well known for their “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists, which rank fruits and vegetables based on the amount of pesticides conventionally needed for production. They took the knowledge they have acquired to compile these lists and paired it with average prices for several foods to determine how you can get the most “bang for your buck” when shopping for healthy foods.

This unique guide breaks foods down into seven categories: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, dairy, cooking fats and oils, and staples and spices. In addition to telling you which foods are the most affordable and nutritious, the Environmental Working Group also provides tips and tricks for shopping, preserving, and enjoying these healthy foods. Using this guide along with their “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists can help you feed your family the most balanced, chemical-free diet possible without breaking the bank.

Here at, we believe that eating well should be easy and affordable. That’s why we’ll break down the food categories found in the “Good Food on a Tight Budget” booklet into individual posts to not only teach you how to save some money, but to inform you about the health and nutritional benefits you’ll get from your favorite foods.

For complete details about the Environmental Working Group, the “Good Food on a Tight Budget” study, or the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists check out the official Environmental Working Group’s website.

Now onto Part 1: Fruits

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