Don’t listen to people that say you can’t afford healthy food. Here are some tips to eat healthy without breaking the bank.
1. Eat at home
Plan meals for the entire week and then shop with a list and try to stick to it. Eating out, whether it’s at a restaurant or picking up fast-food, is much more expensive than eating at home. But, if you don’t have the food at home it is much easier to just go out to eat. So, plan those meals!
2. Buy food in season
Fruits and vegetables are much less expensive when they are in season and growers have extra food that they need to sell quickly. Also, they usually taste better then, too! Whether it’s strawberries in the Spring or sweet potatoes in the Fall, it will help you mix up what you eat and keep your taste buds and your wallet happy.
3. Buy on sale
Look at the advertisements from the grocery stores and pick out the healthy items that are on sale. Again, it takes planning but will save a few extra dollars each week.
4. Buy in bulk
This works especially well for family packs of chicken, fish and meat. You can freeze what you don’t use or double the recipe and have leftovers. That can save a lot of time during the week because you’ve already done most of the work.
5. Plant your own
Growing your own fruits and vegetables can be fun and cheap! A little effort pays off financially and nutritionally. You can even just start with a potted tomato plant in the Spring and see where that takes you.
6. Go meatless (or at least less)
Consider using other sources of protein such as beans as your source of protein for a meal. Even reducing the amount of meat or chicken you use can really reduce the price of a meal. For example, you can find healthy chicken vegetable soup recipes that require much smaller portions of chicken per person than other chicken meals.
7. Tips for eating out
Just because many of the recommendations above involve eating at home, sometimes it is just fun to eat out! Here are a few tips when you eat out:
- Try to find 2 for 1 coupons that many restaurants offer
- Take advantage of early bird specials
- Choose water instead of ordering a soda and save a few dollars
- Split a meal. Many meals have large portions and sharing a salad and main course with a friend is usually plenty of food for both of you!
They key to achieving all of the above goals is to Plan, Plan, Plan!! It does take a little effort to eat healthy on a budget but it absolutely can be done. Go for it!
In Good Health,