Feeling broke? It doesn’t mean you can’t still eat healthy. While health conscious restaurants might be charging a million dollars for a locally grown, organic vegan raw bio-fancy tomato, you don’t have to spend that much money to eat well and feel great. Kate shares some simple tips for eating healthy on a budget so read on!
Whole foods: Eating plant-based foods like fresh fruits and vegetables is the best way to stay healthy. Luckily it’s also the best way to keep your food bills low. Bring on the apples and kale!
Frozen fruits and vegetables: Buying in bulk can save you major dollars, but no one is going to eat 6 boxes of berries before they all go bad. Buying frozen items saves you money because you get more for less and they last way longer. Pro tip: Better yet, if the fruits and veggies you love are on sale, buy a lot of them and freeze it yourself!
Eat cheaper protein: We all love a good steak but not if it means we have no money left to shop. Find protein sources that are healthy but don’t break the bank, like yogurt, chicken and tofu.
Vegetarian: The glow that vegetarians and vegans have is half from their healthy diet and half from not having to worry about spending so much money on food! Sure it’s possible to spend a lot on fancy products but if you do it right you can save a lot by buying chick peas, lentils and tofu at a fraction of the cost that meat would cost you. Try going vegan once or twice a week to cleanse your body and save some bills.
Eat local: Fruits and vegetables that didn’t need to be imported tend to be cheaper than things that had to take a boat to make it onto your dinner plate. Eating in season is also a health trend because it is more natural for your diet to follow the seasons.
Look for sales and plan your meals accordingly: When I lived in Manhattan, the only grocery store with fresh fruits and vegetables that was close to me was a Whole Foods. I planned my meals in advance to make sure I only had to buy food that was on sale and managed to keep my grocery bill low and still eat nutritious food.
Cook at home: Eating out is majorly expensive and doing it often is a serious drain of money. You can make more food for less money at home and it’s always healthier because you know exactly what’s going into your food. Restaurants tend to add salt, oil and all sorts of unhealthy things to make your food taste better.
Eat your leftovers: Food going to waste is exactly like throwing money in the trash. A good trick is making double of what you’ll eat for dinner and eating the rest for lunch the next day. Not only does this ensure you’ll be eating a healthy meal the next day but it also means your food won’t go to waste.
Keep a clean fridge: We’ve all been guilty of buying things twice (or three times) because they get lost in the back of the fridge. Keep your fridge clean and organized so you don’t end up with 11 bottles of organic ketchup.
Healthy filling grains: No meal is complete without carbs but all carbs were not created equal. You could eat a stack of pancakes and be hungry an hour later, or go for healthy whole graisn like oats, brown rice or sweet potatoes and be full for hours. Most whole grains are inexpensive and will keep you energized until your next meal!
Pssst! These tips all apply when giving your mom your grocery list!