Eating healthy doesn’t have to break the bank! These 10 tips will teach you how to eat healthy on a budget and still have food that tastes amazing!
I’m constantly asked by people how to eat healthy, when healthy food is so expensive. But trust me, when money is an issue there are always ways to cut cost and save as much as you can. Many times, when you want save money, it just takes a little bit more planning, really paying attention to what you’re buying, or using grocery sales to your advantage.
I put together some of the best tips I’ve learned over the years to teach you how to eat healthy for CHEAP!
10 Tips for How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
Go Frozen – Frozen veggies are fresher and more nutritious than standard produce. This is because frozen produce is usually blanched, frozen and packaged right after harvest, while conventional produce must be boxed, shipped, unpacked, and shelved before you eat it. More nutrition AND cheaper? Yes, please!
Shop Locally – I love going to my local farmer’s market and picking up fresh and local produce. They’re a great source for bargains because there’s no shipping costs for the farmer/seller. Your produce will also be fresher here than produce found in stores because what the farmers are selling have usually been picked only a day or two earlier. For the best deals, shop in season and look for specials at the end of the day when farmers are trying to sell off their goods. (Check out some of my other farmer’s market tips for more ideas!)
Eat Less Meat – Eat more legumes and beans instead of buying expensive meat for your protein. Beans and legumes add heaviness to a meal, are super inexpensive, and pack a powerful nutritional punch. Maybe try doing a “Meatless Monday” for you and your family. I promise, they’ll start to love vegetarian cuisine!
Buy in Bulk – When you can, buy in bulk! Things such as legumes, grains, pastas, dried fruits, nuts and flours have a long shelf life. Load up on frozen produce when you notice it on sale. I love Costco for great deals on healthy pantry staples like nuts and organic coconut oil, and even on healthy refrigerator staples like Ezekiel bread and Greek yogurt! While it seems more expensive in the beginning, you will save BIG in the long run. (Check out this ULTIMATE Clean Eating COSTCO Shopping List to help you save BIG!)
Buy Produce in it’s Simplest Form – It is much less expensive to buy produce in their simplest form. “Pre-cut, pre-washed, or ready-to-eat” produce costs more than regular produce. It’ll take a few extra minutes to do the prep yourself, but you’ll save cash.
What’s you favorite budget-friendly healthy tip? Let me know in the comments below!