Eating healthy does not have to break the bank. Here are 10 ways to eat healthy on a budget.
- Cook your meals at home and be creative with recipes. Eating out can break the bank and your waistline. Try cooking the majority of your meals. Also, If one ingredient is really expensive, look for affordable substitutions. There are many online recipes, tips and tricks — search and bookmark some recipe websites.
- Pack your own lunch to save money and help you to make sure you are eating healthy foods. In addition to your healthy lunch, you can get more savings by making your own single-serve snack bags. You can also bring leftovers from dinner — that way, you are not wasting food or time preparing meals.
- Shop smart by making lists and using coupons! But, make sure that the coupons you use are for nutritious foods. If you find some coupons for processed foods or empty calorie snacks, do yourself a favor and leave them home! There are now apps like Ibotta and Favado that let you do couponing from your smart phone and you can see all deals and store
- Buy frozen or canned vegetables and fish. These can be much affordable and just as healthy as fresh.
- Focus on getting your nutrition from the food you eat, not supplements. Place more emphasis on food, rather than nutrients. By choosing whole foods which are naturally high in nutrients, you should be able to get your daily needs from food alone. Supplements can be expensive (and sorry to say, a waste of money).
- Spice things up with spices from your spice rack. The right seasoning can make all the difference for a light but flavorful meal. Spices last a long time and are healthier than dressings or marinades.
- Replace some of the meat in your recipes with canned beans in order to stretch portions, reduce cost and boost the nutrition. You can also save by skipping meat all together once day per week — opt for “Meatless Mondays.” Other inexpensive protein options include eggs, quinoa, greek yogurt, cottage cheese and peanut butter.
- Bake at home. Store bought baked goods can be expensive and may contain preservatives or unhealthy ingredients. There are a ton of healthy baking recipes all over the internet and Pinterest.
- Buy in bulk and freeze foods or share with your friends. This is really great for items like chicken breasts and some vegetables.
- Buy generic grains and pastas and canned foods. For most things, there is no difference between the store brand and the branded ones – except the price.
If you are looking for something new, there are also some great deals on healthy meal services. Check deal sites for meal services like Plated, Blue Apron and Hello Fresh. These services provide you all of the fresh ingredients and recipes. Living Social, Gilt and other deal sites have offered great introductory pricing for these.
They help you save time, too!
Erica Agran is a health IT professional by day and blogger and deal finder by night. Erica started Erica Finds after years of connecting friends to deals, new websites, new people and new ideas. Her blog helps readers to find things that they don’t have time to find on their own. This includes deals, health and fitness tips, travel information, running tips and much more. Erica is an avid runner, bargain shopper, fitness and health buff and traveler. She loves to share her passions with her readers. Visit her online at ericafinds.com, or onTwitter or Facebook.
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