Help! I Want to Eat Healthy on a Budget
We’ve all been there or know someone that has: “I want to eat healthy, but it’s so expensive.” Sure, you may need to spend a little more on some fresh fruits and veggies than you would on a five-pound bag of potatoes and salty ramen noodles. However, with some careful planning, you can create a healthy menu on a budget. Here’s how:
- Buy produce in season and freeze it. Not only does seasonal produce give you “more bang for your buck,” but it also tastes better. After all, how great could a pale red tomato be purchased in the middle of winter? Especially when it costs about four times as much as it does in the summer.
- Focus on Fiber. Fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains are super healthy – and cheap. Want the best deal on beans? Buy them dry instead of canned – they are a fraction of the price.
- Go Generic. In some cases, certain generic-brand and name brand items contain the same ingredients – and they may even be manufactured in the same location. It’s worth noting that buying generic doesn’t always save you money, but there are a few staples you should consider:
- Milk and juice
- Spices, flour and sugar
- Buy in bulk. Buying in bulk may be a hefty investment at first, but it can save you quite a bit in the long run. The price per piece / per pound can, compared to smaller packages, is typically less when you buy in bulk. Plus, you won’t have to add these items to your list as often!
- Replace meat with other forms of protein. Try having one to two days a week where you incorporate other forms of protein into your diet, such as: legumes, eggs or canned fish. These are all very inexpensive, nutritious and easy to prepare and have a long shelf life.