Tips for an easy transition to organic food

The revolution in the plate has begun! More and more people are moving away from traditional supermarkets and conventional agriculture. Their choice? Organic food, mostly seasonal and often local. But many are still reluctant to switch to organic food, fearing that their shopping budget will explode. If you are one of them, you should know that it is possible to consume most of your food organically without breaking the bank. We give you eight concrete tips to get there!

Organic, definition

We speak of “organic” food to designate products from organic farming. This method of cultivation and breeding uses agricultural techniques – some very old, others modern – that respect the environment and animals. Additives, fertilizers and pesticides are banned. Natural raw materials are preferred.

Find the right place

Today, there are a thousand and one ways to consume organic food. So you will have to find the place that works best for you, according to your budget and habits. If you have a small budget and want to go easy on yourself, you can start by buying organic products in your supermarket. Or find the cheapest organic store in your city.

For those in a hurry, organic baskets are interesting because they are delivered to your home and allow you to have all your fruits and vegetables for the week, without any headache. If you like regularity and contact with producers, Amaps and the La Ruche network that says yes are interesting options. As well as farm drive cars and producer shops. Try several options, you will quickly realize what best suits your budget and schedule.

Avoid processed products

If you start shopping in an organic store, you may make a mistake: buying processed products, such as prepared meals, packaged salads, etc. This is the most expensive thing in organic farming and it will automatically blow your race budget. Switching to organic food also means making the effort to do more things yourself. You cook from fresh food, wash your salad and find alternatives. For example, to taste it with children, a slice of organic bread and a slice of chocolate instead of cookies.

Choose local and seasonal foods

Eating organic is not always ecological. If it is industrial, from the other side of the world or overpacked, organic products lose their positive impact on the environment. It is therefore advisable to favour seasonal foods, which do not require ultra-heated greenhouses to grow. And if they are in season, they are more likely to be local. You will therefore pay less for them, since the cost of transport is lower. The carbon footprint of your food will also be reduced!

If you don’t know what seasonal fruits and vegetables are, download a calendar and place it in your kitchen or keep it on your phone so you can check it when you shop. The local is not only valid for fruit and vegetables. In organic stores, you will also find dry food produced near you:

  • pasta,
  • flour,
  • lenses,
  • chickpeas

Consuming seasonal foods is also an opportunity to rediscover the true taste of fruits and vegetables. You can cook your organic vegetables more simply as they are naturally tasty. Accompanying them with a cereal and a legume is usually enough!

Develop new habits

To switch to organic without breaking the budget, you have to take on some new habits. Especially with regard to storage. Organic products, without pesticides or preservatives, have a shorter shelf life. To avoid waste, it is therefore highly recommended to make a strict shopping list (or even a meal schedule for the week) in order to buy only what you need. To make your life easier, you can cook all your vegetables at the same time and store them in containers (glass and bisphenol-free!). This way, you just have to reheat them and add them to the dry food of the day. A time saving that makes it easy to consume everything in your refrigerator!

Choose bulk

In organic stores or even in supermarkets, the bulk department will become your favorite aisle. It is cheaper, better for the environment and often contains local products. You can buy your cereals, legumes, nuts, dried fruits, etc. To further reduce your carbon impact, do not use paper bags but buy (or make!) reusable cotton bags instead. They are practical and machine washable with the rest of the laundry!

Eat less meat and fish

In organic or conventional, meat and fish are the most expensive. If you switch to organic by eating meat every day, your budget will certainly skyrocket. From a nutritional point of view, eating meat once or twice a week is more than enough to cover your needs. Ditto for the fish! And you will also reduce your carbon footprint. Did you know that it takes 10kg of vegetable protein to produce 1kg of animal protein? To produce 1kg of animal protein, it also requires up to 100 times more water than to produce 1kg of vegetable protein.

Don’t worry about your protein levels if you reduce your meat intake. You will find enough in cereals, legumes and eggs.