Eating Healthy on a Budget
It’s hard to eat health food on a budget. Health food is expensive! But you don’t need to buy expensive foods to eat healthfully.
Here are some tips to help:
1. Cut down on animal-based proteins. Anyways it is healthier. Dr. Greger has a great book called “How Not to Die” explaining why eating proteins that are not animal-based are so much healthier for you. And other proteins are usually MUCH cheaper. Beans are super, super cheap and quinoa is cheaper than meat, fish or chicken. Try to step away from the need to have meat, fish, or chicken at every supper and look for alternative proteins.
2. Bulk up the sides. Side dishes are usually cheaper than the main dish. So make your main dish smaller. But instead of going hungry, make more side dishes. Eat one piece of chicken breast and a lot of rice and salad. This will fill you up and keep your budget down.
3. Snack on fruits and vegetables. Buy what’s in season or on sale and keep it stocked. Dried fruit are expensive but fresh usually are not. Get in the habit of eating apples instead of fancy snack bars. Keep fruit and vegetables near you at work to give you something to eat and thereby resisting the vending machine temptations.
4. Shop online. Amazon (Jet and Walmart too) sometimes have sales on healthy food that you can buy in bulk or get delivered. Keep a running list of how much things usually cost so that you can make sure you’re getting a good deal. And when a good deal comes along- snag it! Buy two and keep some in your pantry.
5. Cut out pre-packaged snacks and drinks. This one is a basic one but is worth repeating. Stop buying pre-packaged snacks or food. They are usually high in sugar, salt or chemicals and add up really quickly. The low-calorie or “healthy” snacks are usually expensive and not so healthy! Make your own food, eat fruits and vegetables and cut down on drinks that aren’t water. Water isn’t free but it sure is cheap! Juice, soda, diet drinks- these are all pricey and not so healthy. Cut some fruit or vegetables into your water and drink that instead!
Have more tips on how to eat healthfully on a budget? Hit the comments!