Isn’t eating something we all love to do? I know I certainly do! 🙂
But alas, it seems people can’t stop complaining about how, “Healthy food is so expensive.”
If your normal diet consists of frozen chips and baked beans, I suppose healthy food would seem like a pretty big stretch.
But, if you value your health in any shape or form, I honesty don’t think it’s too much to ask that you add a bit more fresh produce into your diet.
So, how can you get smart and start taking control of the food coming out of your kitchen on a daily basis?
Well, a little creativity and lots of self-control will go a long way–you’ll finally get the hang of healthy eating on a budget:
1. Avoid junk food
Junk food is expensive–period!
So, rather than scoffing this junk morning, noon and night opt for fresh, whole foods at each of your meals and snacks, and eat them in smaller portions.
To add extra bulk to your meals without increasing the cost too much, go for cheaper healthy foods such as dried beans, peas and lentils.
2. Drink water
Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day, rather than going for unhealthy expensive drinks such as sodas, energy drinks, and store-bought coffees.
If you’re eating out don’t be tempted to part with your hard-earned cash to fill your body with these sugar-laden beverages, remember plain old water is so much more refreshing, healthy, and absolutely free.
3. Plan ahead
This is my ultimate, number one, ‘bestest’ (not a word, I know!!), most useful tip for healthy eating on a budget!!
When we first moved to Australia back in 2007 we found it was time to think about cutting back on our grocery spending.
And, planning ahead is the main way I managed to cut our shopping bill by around 40%.
I think one of the main reasons planning ahead helps is because it stops you having to shop multiple times each week.
This means you don’t end up picking those unnecessary extras, and can remain focused knowing exactly what you need at the supermarket.
So, here’s what you need to do:
- Plan a weeks worth of meals and snacks
- Factor in a leftovers night and/or cook meals that will last for two nights, i.e. ‘cook once, eat twice’
- Buy only those items you need to prepare each of these meals – this prevents wastage
- Look out for bargains in your local newspaper etc, but remember it’s only a bargain if it’s something you actually need
- Surf the net or newspapers and look out for quick and easy healthy meals you can prepare on a budget
There are so many ways to eat healthy on a budget without depriving your body of the nutrients it needs.
What are your top tips for healthy eating on a budget?