Written by the author of The Wellness Doer
I often get asked how one can eat healthy on a budget. I know that eating healthy can get expensive at times but if you know your way around it you can keep some extra cash in your pocket and less calories in your belly. Here are some simple ways to stick to a budget and stay healthy.
You Don’t Have to Buy Everything Organic. Buying organic is better for our health and the environment, but I can understand that if you are on a budget buying organic might not always be an option. Stick with the Dirty Dozen list. It is a list of everything to buy organic.
Add Spice. Herbs and spices are a really cheap way to add nutrition and flavor to your food. Some good herbs to have around: basil, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, cumin, fennel, and garlic.
Canned Foods. On a budget they can be a good alternative to buying fresh. Avoid buying anything with added salt… we are trying to stay healthy here, not add a bunch of unneeded sodium to our diets.
Frozen Produce. Buying frozen produce keeps your costs down but nutrient levels high. It also makes life easier when it comes to preparing meals in a jiffy. Good ones to keep on hand: spinach, carrots, zucchini, and peas. Avoid frozen meals. I know they are tempting but they are not good for you.
Beans and Rice. When beans and rice are combined, they create a “complete protein.” A complete protein is one that has all the amino acids your body needs to function at its best. The combo is also high in fiber, meaning you’ll stay fuller, longer. Use brown rice, choose beans that you love and add veggies. It’s a cheap meal but super good for you.
Buy in Bulk. Buying foods in bulk saves you on packaging costs. Stuff like nuts, seeds, oats, quinoa, rice, beans, lentils, and cereal can usually all be found in bulk bins at health food stores. Stock up, store in a cool dry place and save yourself a little cash.
Eat with the Season. Foods in season usually are cheaper because of the abundance of them. More supply = cheaper cost.
Stop Eating Meat. Meat is expensive, the meat industry sucks and in the long run it’s just not that good for you. So you can always cut out meat or at least cut back… it will do your health wonders and save you a ton of cash!
Generic Brands. Usually the store brands are just as good as name brands.
Buy Local. Simple… the less it has to travel and the less packaging it needs the cheaper it is.
Avoid Impulse Buying. The best way to avoid impulse buying is to prepare yourself before you go to the store. Eat beforehand and make a list and stick to it.
Now armed with ways to save cash, check out what to avoid: Crap Healthy People Don’t Eat