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Finding it hard to eat healthy while sticking to a budget?
Sometimes it seems that all healthy food is expensive. Health food= a lot of money. But it does not have to be that way! You can eat healthy and you can stay on a budget.
It’s easier than you think!
It’s hard to eat health food on a budget. Health food is expensive but you don’t need to eat health food to be eating healthy. And you don’t need to buy expensive foods to eat healthfully.
I try very hard for myself and for my kids to encourage and promote healthy eating. Its good for us and I hope it keeps us out of the doctor’s office. Obviously, I want us to be healthy but also medical debt is no joke! Even just taking off work for minor illnesses can really make a dent in a family budget. Is it terrible to say that? Obviously, saving money is not the reason to eat healthy and I don’t know that eating healthy will keep us healthy but it is definitely worth a try! I am not perfect in this area and I do have to balance my budget with my desire to keep only healthy food around. My sanity is also at play here! Sometimes there are things that only chocolate can fix (for me and my children!) Anyway, here are some of the ways that I try to stay healthy on a budget.
I also don’t really meal plan I use Building Blocks to help me always have food in the house and reduce the need for takeout or unhealthy, processed, prepared foods.
Here are some tips to help you Stay Healthy on a Budget:
- Cut down on animal-based proteins. Anyways it is healthier. Dr. Greger has a great book called “How Not to Die” which I love! It explains why eating proteins that are not animal-based are so much healthier for you. I don’t follow his book and diet very strictly- I’m not a vegan but I have started cutting down tremendously on animal-based proteins and moving towards plant-based proteins. It’s much healthier, better for the planet, 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.
- 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. Start every main meal with a simple vegetable soup. This will fill you up and keep your budget down.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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Do you have any more tips on how to eat healthy on a budget? What do you do to keep your budget down while still being healthy?