Healthy eating on a budget
You know how they say, “healthy eating is expensive”, well, that’s kinda true. Of course when you’re earning enough, you won’t mind spending a few extra dollars every day. However, if you are tight on the budget, saving even a dollar or two daily can mean a lot. Fortunately, there are 10 ways through which you can eat healthy while also staying under the budget.
Meal Planning Is Crucial
Planning is important no matter what you are doing. When you are going out to buy grocery, you can end up buying so many unnecessary items. This is why planning your meals and making a list ahead of your next grocery tour will save you from storing and ultimately wasting so many items in the fridge.
Watch Out For Sales
You love to buy items on sale then why not buy fruits and veggies on discounted prices?
Almost every store has shelves with discounted items including fruits, nuts, veggies and frozen berries. It’s because they are near their expiry date. So if you are going to consume them in a week or so, it’s a nice chance to eat healthy without poking out a hole in your wallet.
Harvest Your Own Herb Garden
You don’t even need a lot of place for that. You can use one pot and create your very own DIY herb garden. Parsley, thyme, basil, mint, and dill can be expensive when bought dried. Instead you can get fresh herbs from your very own garden without spending any extra bucks.
Stick To Cheaper Protein
Protein is the most talked about part of the healthy diet but again, meat is expensive, especially if you are planning on eating it daily. The good news is meat is not the only source of protein. Legumes, beans, pulses, and chickpeas, all are rich in protein and are way cheaper than meat. So don’t compromise on protein, pick your protein wisely, that’s all!
Buy Frozen Too
Berries and tropical fruits can go bad really quickly and are often expensive. The best way to store them and use them in smoothies and oatmeal, is by using the frozen ones. Frozen berries taste just the same in smoothies and desserts, maybe even better.
Imported produce is often expensive. But if you go on and visit your local farmer’s market, you’ll find all the seasonal produce, fresh and way cheaper. The best part, you’ll find a wider range of items there. So always shop local whenever you can.
Make Use Of Leftovers
Turn your leftover wrap fillings into a salad. Use your leftover sautéed mushrooms and veggies for your lentil soup. Add your leftover salad to your sandwich fillings. You don’t always have to throw stuff away, there are plenty of ways to get creative while making new dishes from leftover food.
Buy in Bulk
Items that go a long way and you can buy them in bulk are the items you should definitely go for. Spices, nuts, seeds, whole grains, organic items that are available in the bulk section of most stores so it’s best to visit the aisle.
Focus on Your Health Goals
When trying to lose or maintain weight, your long term health goals should always be at the top of your mind. You’d be surprised how you can replace junk food with healthier and cheaper alternatives.
A banana and almond butter smoothie is cheaper better than a packaged dessert. With added sugar and preservatives, they can spike your blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
Keep Things Simple And Organized
The more you keep your things in place, the less likely you’ll need to go to the supermarket. When you have everything in plain sight, you’ll know how many things you need and you won’t be buying extra.
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