Eating Healthy On a Budget
Maintaining a healthy diet does not have to be something that breaks the bank. Too many people use the excuse of not having enough money to eat healthy but contrary to popular belief, you can eat healthy and still stay within your budget? Here’s how.
1. Keep it simple
It seems every other week there is a new fad in the diet and nutritious world. If you try to keep up with them all you’ll find yourself not only wasting valuable time but also valuable dollars. Stick to 3 or 4 simple meal variations and rotate them throughout the week. Your meals don’t have to be extravagant as long as you are getting all the macro and micronutrients you need. Don’t be afraid of going back to the basic with things like canned tuna and turkey sandwiches.
2. Buy Ingredients, Not products
In other words, refrain from buying processed foods. A rule of thumbs is, “if it comes in a box, it’s probably not healthy.” Of course, it will take a bit more time to prepare your meals, however, in the long run it is both cheaper and healthier. Plus you have full control of what is going into your foods.
For example instead of buying potato chips, just slice up some potatoes and bake them on your own. Buy oats, instead of cereals, tomatoes instead of spaghetti sauce and so on.
3. Cook and Pack Your own Meals
Not only does eating out add up very quickly but healthy options can be hard to come by when eating out. The average meal cost between $8-15. Even eating out once a day will cost you somewhere between $56- 105.
It is so easy to cut this figure at least 3 or 4 times by just simply cooking at home. If you are on a busy schedule like most of us, meal prep in the beginning of the week so you don’t have to worry about it during the week. If you absolutely have to eat out, pack your own drink and side such as an apple or veggies which will spare you a few dollars.
4. Buy Frozen Fruits and Veggies.
Despite the stigma, frozen fruits and vegetables can be really healthy if frozen right. Of course, they won’t work for all recipes but if you can find a way to make use of them, it is definitely a viable option for meeting your daily fruit and veggie requirements! They are significantly cheaper and they have a longer shelf life so you don’t have to worry about them get spoiled before you even get the chance to use it.
5. Buy in season
If you absolutely insist on buying fresh fruits and veggies, make sure to buy them in season. “In-season” just simply means that it’s in a season where they are known to thrive and become ready for harvest very quickly. This means that there will be a greater supply and if you know anything about economics, this would mean that the prices naturally drop. When you shop out of season, the product is relatively scarce which means they have to charge a higher price for them.
6. Shop with a list
And stick to it. Creating a list will help you put into perspective everything that you will need instead of just going to the store and picking up whatever looked good at the time. This will also avoid impulse buying or buying things that you really don’t need. fINALLY SHOPPING WITH A LIST MAKES YOU LESS LIKELY TO FORGET ANYTHING, WHICH MEANS FEWER TRIPS TO THE GROCERY STORE, AND FEWER TIMES OF HAVING TO FIGHT TEMPATIONS.
Editor at Christian En Vogue
Kesha Dorisma is the visionary behind Christian En Vogue. She is deeply and utterly in love with Jesus Christ and she is passionate about sharing his love to the masses of this world and making his name famous! Outside of writing she is also a photographer and she loves fashion, singing and dancing, and working out before eating sushi and pizza!