Healthy Eating On A Budget
Eating healthy is not expensive. I hear this excuse constantly and the thing is - it's just not a valid argument. Vegetables and fruit don't cost all that much depending on what you buy.
Eating heathy can be easily affordable so long as you stick to a few key points.
Plan ahead. "Fail to plan, plan to fail." Take the time to plan your weeks meals before you go to the supermarket. Last minute decisions will find you at the shop more often and spending more money then is necessary. I am personally pretty prone to last minute decisions and often find myself at the store trying to get something for dinner. Planning ahead will save time and money and you can avoid buying things you don't really need.
Prep your meals. If you sit down and plan what you will be eating for the week then you can incorporate similar ingredients into your meals to minimise the amount of different products bought. Which in turn will reduce costs. It is ok to eat the same meal more than once in week!
TIP: Before embarking on your trip to the supermarket, write a shopping list and stick to it. Straying from your list will mean you buy unnecessary items and it will result in your spending more money on things you don't need.
DO NOT GO TO THE SUPERMARKET HUNGRY. Under no circumstances, ever. Eat before doing the grocery shopping or you will come home with a whole lot of naughty foods that you don't need!
Go out less. Going out for meals may be enjoyable but it is a costly exercise. Try reducing the amount that you go out. Instead try inviting friends and family to your house for a healthy home cooked meal instead. You'll easily save a few $$$.
TIP: If you eat out often and want to keep costs low without eating naughty foods. Try choosing a selection of vegetable based side dishes and a starter. This is often cheaper than a main and you get the extra perk of having a selection of dishes.
Eat Simple. Superfoods are expensive and are not absolutely necessary for your diet. Forget the superfoods and instead opt for your run-of-the-mill veggies and fruit. So long as you try to have a varied and colourful diet you should get all the nutrients you need.
Simple meals don't take a lot of ingredients and are thus affordable and still delicious. Try dining on simply steamed, fried or roasted vegetables . They are easy and quick to make and satisfying, without being expensive.
I really enjoy simple snacks. An apple sliced with peanut butter, a cup of frozen blueberries or even a cup of frozen peas (I'm not sure why I like them but they are yummy, give it a try!).
Reduce your meat intake. Meat in general is more expensive than fruit and veg produce. Reducing how often you consume meat and embracing concepts like 'Meat-free Monday' may help reduce your weekly grocery costs. If you need a protein with your meal try opting for some eggs instead!
Base meals around cheaper produce. Instead of basing meals around things like mangoes and avocados which are usually a bit more expensive than other produce, choose things like zucchini, potatoes, bananas, apples, oranges and other fruit and veg that is cheaper all year round. Save the mangoes and avocados for special occasions and treats.
TIP: Eating healthy and affordable will likely differ from country to country, investigate down at the supermarket and see which fruit and vegetables are the cheapest and then adjust your meals accordingly to take advantage of that.
Load up on complex carbs. Complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, bread and pasta are filling, cheap and easy to prepare, they give you energy, fill you up and are cheap
Eat whats in season. Eating fruit and veg that is in season will save you a lot of money as often whats in season will be cheaper than the products that are not in season. Alternatively you could buy frozen produce when it is off season.
For Example. Fruit like berries and mangoes are often cheapest when bought frozen, although they may be affordable fresh when they are in season.
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