Flower Child offers organic foods, tips on shopping and eating healthy

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- It seems like everyone is trying to eat healthier these days. And for many people, that starts with organic food.

On Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona, we got some tips on how to eat organic on a budget. Heidi Goitia was live at the new Flower Child restaurant on 44th Street and Camelback.

The restaurant offers plenty of dining options, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free items.

But you can also create some healthy items at home. One suggestion? Bring a measuring cup to the grocery store. "It's easier to just know what you need," says Flower Child Chef Zach Wethington.

He also says you can save money by not buying the pre-washed produce. "There's always that special area that has pre-washed produce and veggie in bags," says Wethington. "That can be something that's a waste of time, a waste of money. An extra step. It's nice to get in touch with your own produce and wash it yourself."

You can also often swap out meat with organic beans. "Protein is a big part of everybody's diet," he says. "Swapping out beans for meat, the price point is a lot lower, and you're going to save a lot of money in the long run."

Why not grow you own herbs at home? A window garden can offer freshness and taste. You can also help preserve freshness in the fridge by lining fridge drawers with paper towels. "A lot of produce sweats when it's in the drawers," says Wethington. "When it sweats, it breaks down faster. So if you line it, it absorbs some of the moisture and will stay fresh for a lot longer."

Flower Child offers delicious dishes like the Chicken Curry Plate, Quinoa Salad, and Raw Veggie Salad. The wraps are also big sellers.

Flower Child:
5013 N 44th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85018

Open Daily
11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Visit: iamaflowerchild.com