HOW TO EAT HEALTHY ON A BUDGET
10 TIPS TO EATING HEALTHY WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK
1. COOK AT HOME
Okay, I know you already know this, and it's the most basic tip ever, but here's your reminder: EAT AT HOME. Not only does eating out add up insanely fast, but eating at home can actually be a LOT healthier. When you cook your own meals, you not only know what specific ingredients you're using, but also how much of each you are consuming.
2. FIND RECIPES THAT WORK FOR YOU
Instead of buying packaged food items like premade meals, cookies, granola bars, etc., find recipes that look yummy (and do-able) for you! This will be cheaper than brandname health food that's already prepared and packaged, and it'll also be healthier!
Check out my PINTEREST for ideas: @LittleLanieLu
3. MAKE A PLAN, then a list
Try to think ahead! Nothing is more annoying (and a bigger waste of money) than a bunch of produce you bought (trying to be healthy) and ended up wasting because it went bad! And DON'T go grocery shopping mindlessly. When you make a list (and include a few indulgent items on it), you'll be less likely to throw a bunch of stuff you don't need in your cart.
4. BUY WHOLE FOODS (AND BUY THEM IN BULK)
Packaged items are in the center of the grocery store. The outer aisles are filled with whole foods like greens, vegetables, nuts, etc. that are both cheaper and better for you! The truth is, vegetables, grains, nuts, etc. can actually be WAY cheaper than packaged food if you buy in bulk! Think of a Buddha Bowl (a bowl of whole foods including each macro): Add a grain, greens, nuts, seeds, beans or lentils, and a little lemon/dressing/sauce (made of whole foods of course) or avocado, and some spices, and you're good to go!
Buying the items like rice, quinoa, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, and spices (the items that have a longer shelf-life) in bulk will be cheaper and can last you a long time, meaning your week-to-week grocery bill goes down! Pro-tip: Bring your own containers for an even more Earth-friendly doing!
One more thing... SKIP THE PACKAGED WHOLE FOODS. I'm talking pre-chopped onions, pineapple, etc. Yeah, maybe it's convenient, but not only is it way more expensive, but it's a waste of plastic! Ditch that and chop your own fruits and vegetables at home!
5. SHOP SEASONALLY
SEASONAL PRODUCE TASTES BETTER. And taste matters (Duh). Eating healthy starts with you wanting to eat healthier, and this not only requires motive and drive, but taste. Seasonal produce is not only more flavorful, but also cheaper because it's abundant! Seasonal produce is usually more energy efficient, too, if it traveled less distance! Look at you - Saving the world and your health!
6. SHOP AT FARMER'S MARKETS
THE LAND OF SEASONAL PRODUCE! Check out your local Farmer's Market for the best local fruits and vegetables, to support local farmers, and also to just have a really fun (and instagrammable) outing!
7. Check out the frozen foods section
Okay, the frozen foods section is totally underrated. It's SO much cheaper!!! Many people don't know this, but frozen fruit and vegetables are also typically picked and frozen RIGHT after harvest, which means they're not only delicious, but packed with their vitamins and minerals! Also, frozen items have a much longer shelf life than fresh produce (again, here's where your week-to-week grocery bill goes down)!
8. PICK PLANT-BASED PROTEINS
Plant-based proteins are a lot cheaper than meats (they can also last a lot longer, too). Beans and legumes (more food items you can have in bulk) are super cheap, high in fiber and nutrients, and add loads of satiety to a meal. Fun fact: 1/2 cup of lentils is 9 grams of protein, while 1 ounce of beef is 7 grams of protein.
9. focus on leafy greens
Leafy greens are some of the most nutritious, least expensive items in the market. Kale, chard, collards, spinach and broccoli are a few examples.
10. make your health a priority
Sometimes, choosing the healthier option is more expensive (and if it's not, it's almost definitely more work), BUT you have to remind yourself that health is an investment. Sure, you're putting energy and money into these healthier foods, but what you get out of it is priceless. (Not to mention the money you'll save without extra medications, hospital trips, etc.)
BLOGS THAT ARE ALL ABOUT BUDGETING
Check out these blogs that focus specifically on eating healthy on a budget!
I hope you guys got some good tips from this list, and also find the linked blogs useful and enjoyable!
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Thank ya'll so much for reading!
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