Make Ramadan Colorful on a Budget

Whatever our budget, there’s always a way to put color into your Summer (or Winter- for our friends halfway across the world) Ramadan. Whether you’re eating indoors or out, look for things like these wicker plate holders, which can be found in bright colors or you can paint yourself. It makes for a fun and … Read more

5 Tips for Eating Well During Tough Economic Times

tIt’s no secret that many people are suffering right now as a result of unemployment, rising costs of food and just about everything else. We’re bombarded with news and information about the fluctuating economy and told time and time again that it’s wise to save money, while at the same time we’re given so many horror stories about what’s in our food. It can be really overwhelming to figure out how to be healthy without going broke at the same time, which is why I came up with these five quick tips on eating well when the economy isn’t so healthy:

1. Buy in Bulk

Most people know the likes of Costco and Sam’s Club for purchasing food in bulk, but did you know that you can often times speak with a farmer or vendor at your local farmers market and purchase organic seasonal produce the same way? It helps to know your farmer so get out there and talk to one to find out what his bulk prices are. Even quality halal food companies like Crescent and Saffron Road give shoppers the ability to order their products in bulk. If the quantities are too high, share the costs with family, friends or neighbors.

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2. Grow Herbs Indoors

Fresh cut herbs packaged in plastic and labeled organic are quite expensive at most grocery stores, especially during the winter. Try getting a glass cloche to grow them indoors. Many garden centers sell them, but they can also be found online  or at places like Marshall’s and TJ Maxx for rock-bottom prices, though always hit or miss.

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3 Simple Steps to Eating Quality Food on a Budget

While a health movement has swept the nation, inspiring people to eat organic products and cook with “pure” ingredients, high quality food is still extremely expensive. Even cooking easy meals with organic ingredients is costly and going to a restaurant with all natural ingredients may simply out of the question. Whether you’re concerned about nutrition … Read more

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