How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

 

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It is no news to everyone that with today’s food increasing prices, fast food has become more popular (and convenient) than ever. Buying and cooking fresh food may seem quite expensive and time consuming, and let’s face it, not all of us are chefs, nor have the time to slave in the kitchen (enter Shakeology – which is a part of my daily nutritional regime!!)

But, we need to chew our foods for majority of our meals, so here is the key to how to eat healthy on a budget:

WHAT and WHEN to buy.

Often, vegetables and fruits that are in season are a lot cheaper than the ones that are not in season. They are not just inexpensive, but they also better perserve their nutritional properties, given the fact that the time it takes from harvesting them to your table is shorter.

If you MUST buy something that’s not in season, try getting them from the frozen goods, they are a little less expensive than fresh ones, and yet have their nutrients well preserved.

Support Local Farms.

When fortunate enough, support your local Family Farm’s (I recently started using a local delivery service called Pacific Coast Harvest), as you’ll be assured to be getting top crops without all the inflation and 99% chance it will be ORGANIC!!!  Win-Win!

Buy in Bulk or Generic.

Also, you can try buying generic, store brands or in bulk, instead of commercial brands. Yes, they may not be as flashy as commercial ones, but you if you read the label and compare, you’ll see they are likely just as good. If you don’t know what fruits or vegetables are in season in your area, you can try this seasonal ingredient map.

Stick to the Outsides of the Aisles.

Shop on the outsides of the grocery store, as the processed foods and junk tend to exist in the middle aisles.  Yeah, you know the ones that have the pretty, oversized displays on the end cap.  Rule of thumb – stick to the outskirts of the store and check out my article on the TOP TIERS TO EAT WITHIN!

As you know, this is only a part of your daily diet. The most important thing to keep it is your own self control and managing your portions. You can help yourself by dividing what you eat into more portions to eat daily. You should also drink water when you’re feeling hungry when it isn’t necessarily a meal time.

Drink Water.

Drinking water may help you keep your hunger at bay, as well as helping you burning some calories. Another good rule of thumb to drink at least an 8 oz glass of water first thing in the morning and before each meal.

Exercise Regularly.

As always, you should exercise regularly. Find a workout buddy or workout program that meets your current fitness level and get you to your goals.  Get accountable and find a measure that will keep you accountable.  Believe it or not, staying accountable, will keep you on track with your goals, thus keep your food bill down, as you’ll avoid those splurges or unnecessary meals.  Go ahead, get your FREE Account here. You can also find more information about finding a program and guidance with nutrition in my blog.

In summary, here’s your quick tips:

  • Buy in season fruits & vegetables.  If not in season, buy frozen.
  • Support your local family farms, save some money and give back to your community!
  • Buy in bulk when shopping for cereal, oats, flour, etc.
  • Buy the generic store brand of ancillary items.
  • Shop the OUTSIDE of the grocery store.
  • PORTION CONTROL!!
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Find a workout buddy or get started on a workout program.

Stick with these basics and you’ll being a clean eating machine, on a budget!

Your partner in fitness and health.

Comments

  1. Wonderful List!  Thank you so much!  To support your local farms look up CSA in your area.  That stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Lots of options should pop up for you.

  2. choose2befit says:

    Glad you found use of it! I do what I can to support our local farmers! Just got our box of fresh organic fruits & vegetables delivered this morning from Pacific Coast Harvest. Good stuff!

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