Eating healthy on a budget doesn’t have to be rocket science. You aren’t stuck eating ramen noodles and cereal for weeks on end. Here are six ways to eat healthy without breaking the bank.
Eat Seasonally: Buying fruit that is out of season can be very expensive. Consider buying fruit in bulk when it’s in season and freezing the fruit that you don’t eat. That way, when you’re craving blueberries in the dead of winter, you don’t have a pay an arm and a leg to get them.
Buy Generic: The packages might not look pretty, but compare the nutrition facts and you’ll see that generic foods are made of exactly the same ingredients as name brand food. For foods such as cereal, bread and frozen veggies, buying generic will save you money without sacrificing nutritional value or taste.
Employ Supermarket Strategy: The more healthful foods are located on the outside aisles of the grocery store. Stick to these areas for fresh fruits and veggies, meats and dairy products. The inside aisles are packed with snacks, sugary sweets and carbonated drinks. By committing to only shopping on the outer edges of the grocery store, you’ll resist the temptation to stock up on chips and candy.
Don’t drink you calories: Soft drinks, juices and teas are packed with sugar and calories. You’ll do your wallet and your body a favor by sticking with good old tap water. Tap water has some nutrients, such as fluoride, that are not in bottled water, and it’s virtually free.
Prepare for preparation: Be willing to do a little manual labor with your food and you’ll save money. For example, rather than buying precut baby carrots, buy full carrots and cut them down to bite size pieces. The little bit of labor that goes into the preparation will be well worth the money you’ll save.
Go vegetarian once a week: Some types of meat can get pricey, but they provide a lot of important nutrients such as iron, protein and vitamins. For one night a week, give up the ground beef or pork chops. Instead, eat a meal full of legumes and whole grain. You’ll save money by skipping the meat, but still get all of the essential vitamins.
With these tips, you don’t have to sacrifice quality or flavor just to save a buck. These recipes will help you mix up your menus without going broke.
What are some tips you use to eat healthy as you save money?