we live in a world where processed food usually costs less than healthy food. not all healthy foods are prohibitively expensive and eating healthy on a budget can be done.
- Plant your own produce
if you can grow some of your own produce year-round, join a CSA (community-supported agriculture), or buy your fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, then go ahead and do all three. The more creative you get with your approaches to healthy eating, the less money you will spend.
- Plan Ahead
Perhaps the biggest budget-busting culprit is impulse buys. You can make sure that you stay within your budget by making yourself a list of the foods you’re going to buy and sticking with the list. Also, planning and making as many of your meals in advance as possible will help you spend less money and waste less food.
- Eat Dried Beans
Dried beans like black beans and chickpeas are also great sources of fiber and low-fat protein but they require soaking before cooking. If you don’t want to have to pre-prepare, consider including more lentils and dried split peas into your diet. They don’t require soaking, but they are still inexpensive and nutritious.
- Buy Frozen Vegetables
Replacing some of your fresh vegetables with less expensive frozen vegetables can save you money. Frozen vegetables contain as much, if not more, of the same vitamins and minerals found in their fresh counterparts.
- Buy Eggs
Eggs are lower in cholesterol than previously believed. Eggs are low in saturated fat and are an excellent source of protein, nutrient-dense, and relatively low in calories.
- Buy “Generic” Brands
Most of the time there is little difference in taste between generic food and their name-brand counterparts, but there is a difference in price, so start buying generic items with pride – some products include oatmeal, whole-grain bread, and whole-wheat pasta.
- Don’t Buy Precut Fruits & Vegetables
Spending a few extra minutes cutting your fruits and vegetables will save you a lot of money in the long run. Besides, precut fruits and vegetables tend to lose nutrients faster than uncut fruits and vegetables. Cut produce also loses a lot of flavor, so stay away from things like garlic that’s already been minced and precut salad greens.
- Eat Less Meat
Eating less meat is a great way to save money. For less expensive protein sources, eat more beans, eggs, and tempeh.
- Buy Cheaper Cuts of Meat
You should consider eating less expensive cuts of meat. Instead of chicken breast, buy skinless chicken thighs. Also try less expensive cuts of beef like skirt steak and flank steak.
- Eat Foods That Fill You Up
Dried beans, lentils, and split peas are just a few examples of foods that satiate your hunger for longer periods of time. Other examples include sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes and brown rice instead of white rice.
- Buy in Bulk
Sometimes buying items like meat, beans, and pasta in bulk can save you money. Meat and cooked beans can be frozen and pasta can be stored indefinitely as long as it’s kept in a cool, dry place. Just make sure that you do a price comparison between bulk items and regular-sized items because bigger doesnt always mean cheaper.
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