Wellness doesn’t have to be overly expensive! As I started learning more and more about superfoods, I decided I had to find a way to try things out without breaking the bank. Turns out there are some easy hacks to lessen the load on your wallet. Here are my top four.
Shop in bulk
I love shopping from my local herb shop because I can buy small quantities to try something out, or larger quantities at a discount if it’s something I love! Also, they are super knowledgable and can help me find exactly what I need. For example, I use functional mushrooms in my morning elixirs daily. While at first these may seem cost prohibitive, at my local herb shop, one ounce is only $3.50, which lasts me nearly a month! If you are based in NYC, my favorite herb shop is Radicle in Brooklyn, and I also like Flower Power in the East Village. If you’re not local to NYC, you can shop online in bulk at Mountain Rose Herbs and Frontier Coop, or check out if your local health food store has an herb section.
Find superfoods at discount shops
One of my favorite places to bargain hunt for superfoods and wellness-y food products is at discount stores like T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods. They often have a plentiful supply of coconut oil, chia seeds, and lots of other goodies! I have often spotted superfood mixes for smoothies, protein powders, and a whole range of superfoods including ashwagandha, spirulina, acai powder, and more. When shopping at discount stores make sure to check out three things— firstly, the expiration date, secondly, the ingredients (make sure there are only clean, pure ingredients and no added sugars or chemicals!), and opt for organic.
Trader Joe’s has a growing number of superfoods and health foods including organic, fair trade raw cacao powder, maca powder, coconut oil, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and a wide range of nuts (though they are often not organic). They also sell Komboucha and frozen acai packs! Once again, check the labels to make sure there are no added surprises.
I am in love with Thrive Market because it’s like a local health food store but with discounts! I order from Thrive every couple of months to stock up on all my pantry staples. Some of my favorites include Paleo crackers, collagen powder, adaptogens, chickpea pasta, and more. They have many of my favorite brands for 25-50% off! I found that my membership has paid for itself, and I also love that the company has a mission to give memberships to those who cannot afford them and need access to healthy food. My only gripe is the amount of packaging that comes with my order— sometimes things are unnecessarily packed in plastic.
With these tips I am able to make my morning superfood elixirs for less than 3 bucks— cheaper than a coffee at your local coffee shop! It requires a little patience and time, but once you’ve found your spots, you get into a groove. Questions? Other places I missed? Let me know in the comments!