Organic, fresh ingredients can be used to prepare healthy beverages and meals. Use the budget-friendly guidelines below when shopping at your neighborhood health food store. 

Use Ingredients To Make Big Batches

Health food stores may feature grocery cases that contain individual bottled drinks and single-serve salads and entrees. These specialty products may appeal to you but could be rather expensive.

Before you head to the health food store, prepare a list. Add ingredients that can be used to prepare large volumes of a beverage or big batches of a food item that interests you. When shopping, compare the cost of single-serve products against larger quantities of a particular ingredient. The cost per ounce that is listed for a particular health food item will help you determine which products will yield you the most savings.

Choose In-Season Products

In-season products are typically sold for less than off-season products. Fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season are plentiful. This drives down the cost of the products. Suppliers strive to sell their stock on a consistent basis. This strategy is reflected in the cost of the items. Plan on buying seasonal products whenever you shop for healthy foods. Research various recipes that highlight the seasonal produce that you plan on purchasing. Then, use those recipes to guide you during your shopping trip.

Explore Discounted Items

When organic and non-organic health foods don't sell by a specific date, a retailer typically marks the items down. This ensures that the seller is able to unload as many of their products as possible. Discounted items may be featured within the meat cases, frozen food cases, and produce stands. Take your time to explore all of the discounted items during each shopping trip. If any of the items appeal to you, but have an expiration date that is coming up, purchase the items and use them at your earliest convenience.

Make Bulk Purchases

Bulk purchases can be used to make meals for several weeks. Purchasing a large slab of meat or a large bag of vegetables may necessitate that you freeze some of the items. Portioning ingredients and storing them in your freezer will ensure that the foods stay fresh.

You should always use a label system to identify the products that are stored within your freezer. Blank labels and a permanent marker can be used to label plastic storage bags and freezer containers that will be used to store foods.

Visit a local health food store, such as Southtown Health Foods, to learn more.