Make Raw Vegetables a Frugal Choice
Yes, Eating Healthy Can Be Frugal!
(Don't Let Those Fresh Veggies Go to Waste)
Carrots, Celery, and Sweet Bell Peppers Ready to Eat
Fresh, raw, veggies! They have the reputation of being expensive. But, really, that doesn’t have to be true. The biggest thing we do to save on our produce purchases is this: we don’t waste.
Prep Them and Have Them Ready
What works best for snacking vegetables is to clean them and cut them up as soon as we get home with them. Carrots, celery, and bell peppers are our go-to veggies for snacks. Though, sometimes we have cauliflower, broccoli, and others.
Clean and cut them up into serving pieces. I like to put them in Tupperware and store in the refrigerator. I find they keep best that way.
Having them ready to eat also means that we are more apt to eat them. When it’s time for a snack, if the veggies are ready, it’s easy to grab some. If we have to bother to get them ready…well, then, we don’t always bother.
Same for having them as a side dish with meals. When we have raw veggies ready, we often eat them with lunch or dinner. If they aren’t convenient, then we’re more likely to grab the bag of chips.
And speaking of chips.... When comparing the cost of fresh produce to chips and processed snack, fresh veggies are the bargain. I can get a five pound bag of carrots for less than the price as a family size bag of chips.
We know fresh vegetables are good for us. We usually buy what is in season or on sale. We eat them, and none go to waste. Following this tip – to clean them and have them ready to eat – makes them an extra frugal choice.