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Save time, money and calories by making your own fresh marinades, sauces, dressings and soups at home. Most likely, you already have everything you need to make fresh dressings right in your pantry. An arsenal of olive oils, herbs, spices and staples like Dijon and apple cider vinegar are all it takes to make hundreds of dressings.
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Buy greens in bulk
The more spinach, arugula or mixed greens you purchase, the more savings you’ll find. Excess greens can be blended into juices and smoothies, whizzed in fresh pesto or tossed into soups, on top of pizzas and into grain salads.
Related: Light Almond Pesto Pasta
Health is wealth
Sometimes it’s not just about savings. I’m totally okay with spending a bit more on my fresh, organic produce because I’ve always kept the mantra that health is wealth. Fresh organic produce is full of nutrients, contributes to healthier soils, uses less pesticides (better for us and our planet) and truly does taste better than conventional produce.
Related: “What is Organic Farming, really?”
Clean green bulk baking
I buy all my grains and seeds, such as oats, barley, amaranth and quinoa, in bulk. I also save serious cash buying my flour, dark chocolate chips and coconut sugar in bulk stores.
Cook in season, cook in style
Remember that what’s in season is what’s in style, so shop for what’s on sale and in season at your local grocer, or hop to your local farmers’ market and go for the best deals possible. Play Top Chef and cook an experimental meal based on the ingredients you purchase that day. When shopping in season, you’ll also get the produce at its peak in flavor, color and nutrients.