Residents of Elysian West in Las Vegas live fast-paced lives, so healthy eating is important. Traditionally, that has meant grabbing a carrot instead of a cookie, but it turns out how that carrot is grown may make it no better for you than the cookie. While eating more fruits and vegetables is healthier, eating organically grown food in general is even better. However, identifying truly organic products can drive a person over the edge. Hopefully, the following tips will keep your sanity, and your health, intact.
1. Grow Your Own
Even in an apartment, there are options for growing your own organic produce. Patios and balconies are perfect places for container gardens. Tomatoes, lettuces and herbs and spices such as basil, oregano and rosemary are easy to care for and are an inexpensive organic food source.
2. Visit a Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday morning, a Farmer’s Market is open somewhere. These are great locations for organic shopping because the sellers have often grown the goods themselves or know the farmer’s that grew them personally. These products are often fresher and cleaner than grocery products and are grown using far fewer chemicals than factory farms.
3. Buy Local
While locally grown produce can be found at the Farmer’s Market, locally sourced meat is available from many area butcher shops. Not only can you choose individual cuts of meat from organically raised livestock, you can purchase in bulk for less than what you’d pay for the same amount in a regular grocery outlet.
It’s important that you don’t succumb to an “all or none” mentality. Finding completely pesticide free food is virtually impossible, but you can get pretty close with a little common sense, like knowing where your food is coming from. The farmer’s markets near Elysian West are great sources of information on organically grown foods, so go local instead of loco.