Eating Healthy While on a Budget
Many people think eating healthy is sticking and that it won’t fit within their budget. Well, I’m here to bust this myth. It’s definitely possible to be budget conscience and find food that will fit your diet.
Have you started with the source aka where you shop? A vegetable is a vegetable whether you shop at Whole Foods, Fresh Thyme, Kroger, Aldi or the farmer’s market. You don’t have to go to the high-end stores to buy your veggies. Compare prices online or from advertisements and go to the store that offers them the cheapest.
Or better yet, grow your own veggies! This could be a fun stress-relieving project for you, a teaching moment with your kids or a new adventure with your spouse. If you provide your veggies with the correct environment, you’ll have more fresh food than you know what to do with (which is where freezing and canning come into play).
Fresh berries can get expensive, especially out of season. Instead of buying fresh and then throwing out the rotten ones (which is like throwing your dollars straight in the trash), buy frozen berries. They are just as nutritious and last much longer.
Vegetable chips may be delicious but are more expensive AND way more calories than making your own. Grab some kale, slice it up, add some sea salt and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. At only 50 calories per cup, you’ll love how they treat your wallet and your waistline.
Instead of paying a lot to get fresh fish, try going back to canned tuna. You still get your omega-3s, it’s friendly on your budget and they make convenient lunches.
By combining these tips in addition to being proactive with your budget and grocery list, you will quickly find that eating healthy and saving money go hand in hand.