Organic Grocery Shopping Tips

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Many people would like to buy and eat organic food for its health and environmental benefits, but they rarely purchase it because of the prices. Fortunately, it is possible to minimize the cost by following these helpful organic grocery shopping tips. This advice can also reduce consumption of excess packaging materials.

1. Buy produce during the right season and look for it at a local farmer’s market. In-season fruits and vegetables cost considerably less. Organic products are sometimes even less expensive than the alternatives. Produce is often most costly in the winter; try to cook and freeze some vegetables beforehand.

2. It frequently costs less to purchase organic foods in large packages at wholesale clubs, such as BJ’s or Costco. It is true that this option does not benefit local shops and remains less likely to support nearby farms. However, it does make healthy meals more accessible to people with limited incomes.

3. Another way to reduce food expenses is to organically grow vegetables in a garden. Some of the easier options include cucumbers, squash, kale and green beans. People in apartments or condominium units can still benefit from growing edible indoor plants, such as herbs or mung bean sprouts.

4. Create meals or mixes by putting together separate natural ingredients. For example, it costs much less to make things like muffins or granola from scratch. Look for an organic cookbook. Another possibility is to put together a delicious party mix by combining separate chips, pretzels, nuts and similar items.

5. When following tip #4, purchase the ingredients in bulk. Things like oats, flour and rice cost considerably less if people buy them this way. Manufacturers can cut prices because they do not have to use as many packaging materials when they distribute these goods. Less excess material also enables shoppers to use fewer trash bags.

Hopefully, these organic grocery shopping tips will help people enjoy more natural meals without overspending. This healthy eating choice not only prevents medical problems but improves the taste of food and reduces harm to the ecosystem.

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More Uses For Canned Tuna

Canned tuna is a convenient health food for people who don’t have much time to prepare meals. You can always open one and eat when you’re hungry. It’s an excellent source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and many other nutrients. It’s also quite delicious so having it frequently is no issue, but sometimes you might like to change things up to keep things exciting. Here are a few canned tuna recipes for your next meals:

Spiced Tuna on Bread

If you are looking for something that doesn’t take much effort, then how about just adding a bit of salt, pepper, and a bit of spice to the usual fare? Chili and paprika are good options but you are free to add whatever suits your taste. Place it on white or whole wheat bread slices. Mix in small bits of chopped tomatoes and onion for texture.

Tuna Salad Variations

Create your favorite salad using fresh greens and your preferred dressing. You could toss in anything you like in there or make do with whatever you find in the refrigerator. Sometimes improvisation can lead to surprisingly good results. Add tuna chunks or flakes for protein. The salad will be more filling that way.

Tuna Croquettes

You will need bread crumbs, green onions, eggs, Dijon mustard, lemon, oil, salt and pepper. There are plenty of recipes online for variations on the ratios. Mix everything in a bowl, divide into small pieces, and fry in oil until golden brown.

Tuna in Pasta

You can add the contents of canned tuna into virtually any pasta dish. Boil the spaghetti noodles and prepare the sauce in a separate pan. Once everything is ready, pour the tomato sauce over the noodles and top with the tuna flakes. Sprinkle cheese on top. You can also do the same with lasagna. If you don’t like pasta, then use eggplant instead. Cut an eggplant into long slices, season and grill. Create the layers carefully with tuna being in the middle of these slices. Pour sauce and cheese on top then bake to perfection.

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Can You Eat Seafood During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, you need to watch what you eat. There are certain foods that may not be good for the baby and can in some cases cause harm to the unborn child. Some women believe that eating seafood during pregnancy is not safe for the baby, however, the contrary is true. Seafood, such as fish, contains Omega 3 fatty acids which is excellent for mum and the growing baby. These vital nutrients are considered much needed brain food for the baby. However, there are certain types of fish that could be harmful to the baby and you find out which ones need to be avoided.

Fish like Marlin, Swordfish and Shark should avoided at all costs if you are trying to conceive and even more so if you are already pregnant. These fish grow slowly and thus contain more mercury than other types, which could be harmful to your baby’s nervous system. Pregnant women should also avoid eating too much oily fish as they may contain pollutants. Trout, mackerel and salmon are considered oily fish.

The seafood that is considered safe to eat during pregnancy is smoked fish, sushi, and shellfish. Smoked fish is not raw and considered “cured”, so its safe to eat. Sushi should be frozen for 2 hours before it is prepared in order to be considered safe in pregnancy and shellfish is also fine, as long as it is cooked thoroughly. It is also okay to enjoy seafood at restaurants, provided the restaurant complies with strict cooking and hygiene standards.

Seafood contains vital nutrients needed to grow a healthy and happy baby. Research shows that women who consumed adequate amounts of seafood during pregnancy, had babies with a higher “IQ” than those women who did not prioritize seafood as part of their diet. Seafood is also considered very healthy for women who are breastfeeding their babies, as the Omega 3 nutrients are still delivered to the baby through the mother’s breast milk. If you are trying to conceive or are already pregnant, give your baby a head start in life, by eating as much of the good seafood as you can.

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