How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
Even though eating healthy may seem like it costs more, studies have actually shown that people who eat the healthiest diets only spend about $1.50 more per day than the least healthy ones. You don’t have to shop exclusively at Whole Foods to eat nutritious food — here are some tips that you can start using today to eat healthy on a budget.
Skip the Take-Out
It’s no secret that take-out food is typically less healthy and more expensive than cooking at home — especially when you factor in those delivery fees. One of the best ways to save both money and calories is to cook most of your meals at home. This doesn’t mean you have to go gourmet and learn how to cook fancy things — you can learn how to make just a handful of simple meals to put into your weekly rotation. Plus, switching from storebought to homemade in things like salad dressing and pasta sauces can also create healthier, less expensive meals.
Pass on Pre-Cut Options
Although they are convenient, pre-cut fruits and veggies are always going to cost more than their whole-food counterparts. Taking the extra time to prep and cut them at home will save you money.
Buy in Bulk
If you have the space, buying bulk in items that have long shelf lives or can be frozen can save you both money and trips to the grocery store. Good items to buy in bulk include nuts, seeds, jerky, nut butter, beans, pasta, and canned goods. If you have freezer space, you can stock up with frozen berries or other fruit, vegetables, meat, and seafood
Maximize on Meatless Meals
Meat and seafood can often cost more than plant-based meals. Try having at least two nights per week be vegetarian, with the protein star of your meal being beans, lentils, tofu, or eggs. Plus, eating plant-based can help the environment, too!