Eating healthy on a budget doesn’t have to be difficult. Actually, learning how to eat healthy on a budget can be fun and rewarding.
Just use the 12 tips below to keep both your finances and your eating healthy on a budget this way you can lose weight without losing your wallet!
Here are your cheaper by the dozen tips for healthy eating on a budget:
1. Plan your menu ahead.
Impulsive buying and eating can cost extra money, calories and your health. Make a weekly menu and shopping list that includes good seasonal and shopping deals. And never ever shop on an empty stomach!
2. Buy unprocessed foods.
Most processed packaged foods are higher in fat and sodium and cost more than whole foods. So shop mainly on the outer perimeter of the store and spend the bulk of your money on fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, low-fat dairy and whole grains.
3. Compare frozen prices.
Frozen produce is often less expensive than fresh. Plus it’s picked at the height of ripeness, flash frozen to retain nutrition and flavor and can stay frozen until ready to use.
4. Be selective with protein.
The costliest part of your food budget tends to be protein. Since beans and whole grains, like brown rice, combine to make balanced, less expensive protein, use them in dishes to fill in the cracks when you can cut down on costly animal protein. Also do not think the lowest price per pound on meat is your best bet – check out the fat content first! You want to be paying for actual lean protein – NOT fat!
5. Look for things on sale & check out your weekly coupon flyer.
Stores often have coupons or foods on special. But make sure it’s something you can use, store or freeze. Stock up on items when they are on sale &/or you have coupons.
6. Start a health food co-op.
You can usually get great prices with a well organized food co-op. Just find some like-minded people, a good place for delivery (like a church or business), a health food store distributor and someone willing to be in charge (for an extra discount).
7. Buy more foods in bulk.
Whenever feasible, buy enough to get case or bulk discounts. Just make sure you store all foods safely.
8. Pack your own snacks.
Nothing ruins your health and budget faster than a hunger-attack when you’re out and about. Always carry snacks, like sliced veggies, whole grain crackers or cheese and an apple. A bag of apples & almonds can stay in your car safely for more than a few weeks so if you are on the road a lot, make sure your car is also a healthy-have so you are not tempted to hit the drive-through.
9. Dine at home more often.
Home cooking is not just healthier, it’s also cheaper. When you’re too busy, buy a rotisserie chicken and add side dishes. If you do eat out, downsize to a healthy “kid’s meal”.
10. Cook double, freeze half.
Prepare food in large batches and freeze meal-size portions for when you’re too busy to cook. This will prevent you from calling the pizza delivery guy on busy evenings.
11. Grow your own organics.
Instead of other landscaping, plant apple trees and blueberry bushes. During the growing season, save money with a “victory” garden. And grow fresh sprouts indoors all year long.
12. Eat healthy low calories.
Many studies show that a healthy low calorie diet (no lower than 800 calories) is best for your health. So eating less is one of the most important tips for eating healthy on a budget.
Now you know these cheaper-by-the-dozen ways to how to eat healthy on a budget, it’s time to make eating healthy your financially sound business