Eating Healthy While on a Budget

Eating Healthy

 

Sometimes eating healthy can put a hole in your wallet. But there are ways to get the most bang for your buck! Learn these savvy money saving tricks and best foods that will keep your mouth watering and your grocery bill low!

Eat at Home

Eating at home is beneficial for two reasons. First, it significantly cuts costs. The same amount of money could be used on one meal at a restaurant or a handful of meals at home. Choose wisely and plan your meals in advance. Second, it puts you in control of what you’re eating and how it’s prepared, helping you eat healthier. It’s easier to incorporate the healthiest budget friendly foods when you’re preparing your own meals.

Go For Protein and Fiber

Use whole grains. Most health food stores have an array of bulk foods filled with essential nutrients. You can get a lot and only spend a little. Try using quinoa or faro to substitute for rice or potatoes. They contain more fiber, flavor, and protein for one dollar per serving. Beans are a great and inexpensive source of protein and fiber, and can be used in many different types of meals. Use hearty beans in a soup, as a side dish, or as a delicious, filling additive to the main course.

Do This, Not That

Opt for healthier and less expensive alternatives to satisfy your hunger. Instead of pre-packaged desserts, make your own cookies, cakes, muffins, and breads. Instead of ready-to-eat snacks, buy your own ingredients like crackers, peanut butter, and cheese, and make individual portions. Instead of sugary cereals, have oatmeal with raisins or a smoothie with yogurt and fruit. Use what you have—don’t waste.

14 Healthy Foods Under Two Dollars

Brown Rice

Whole-Wheat or Multigrain Pasta

100% Whole Wheat Bread or Pitas

Nonfat Greek Yogurt

Oats

Frozen Vegetables

Russet Potatoes

Fresh Spinach

Canned Beans

Canned Tuna

Canned Marinara Sauce

Frozen Edamame (Soybeans)

Dried Lentils

Farmer’s Market Produce

Tips for Saving Money—Even on Organic Foods!

• Buy in the bulk section. These foods usually include different types of rice, cereals, beans, oats, dried fruits, and nuts. When you buy in bulk, you get more for your money. Plus, it lasts longer in your pantry.

• Watch for sales. Clip coupons and utilize featured advertisements. You can save a lot, when the time is right. Some stores may even double (or triple) coupons!

• Compare everything! Different grocery stores can be competitive with pricing. Try fresh, frozen, dried, and canned foods. See what you like best and keep your options open.

• Purchase food that features its own brand. More often than not, store brand items cost less than name brand items. That includes organic store brands too.

• Start your own organic garden. Look for a community garden. Or try a few vegetables on your porch/side yard. Happy planting!

• Shop at your local farmer’s market. You can buy the freshest foods for less, while supporting your community.

• Plan your meals around the season. Focus on fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season. They will be fresher and cost less.

• Use a list to buy the things you need. Sometimes you forget, sometimes you buy more than what you really need. Stick to your list and put needs before wants.

• Shop alone. When you grocery shop with others, sometimes they talk to you into what they want to eat.

Being healthy doesn’t have to cost as much as you think! Stretch your budget by using these helpful tips. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy eating the best while saving the most.

 

Resources:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/tc/quick-tips-healthy-eating-on-a-budget-get-started

http://blogs.webmd.com/tasty-easy-healthy/2011/10/eating-well-on-a-budget.html

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/how-to-eat-organic-foods-on-a-budget

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/cheap-healthy-15-nutritious-foods-about-2-dollars

 

 

 

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