I don’t know about you, but I love food! I just don’t love the cost of food. Like many people, you may feel like these costs are keeping you from reaching your health goals, but have no fear. Today’s article is all about eating healthy on a budget. I will admit, it’s not always easy, and you will have to put in a little work. Work? I know, right? But just ask yourself, “Am I really worth it?” If you value yourself, the answer should be “YES!” I know we all have bills, kids, etc. But saving money by eating things that are not good for you (think processed and boxed or frozen meals) could cost you more in the long run when they start effecting your health.
So how do we avoid unhealthy food choices, while on a budget? To be honest, it is easier than you think! And no, that does not mean you have “stay away from the middle aisles” at a supermarket like some people suggest. Instead, try incorporating some of these ideas.
· Visit your local farmers’ markets. This way you can save money on your produce/meat/dairy purchases. Farmers’ markets items are generally priced lower than supermarkets because they are not going through “the middle man”. Most of the food sold at farmers markets comes from local farms.
· No access to a local farmers market? Look over the weekly ads in the newspaper. Almost every supermarket has weekly deal flyers so don’t miss out on savings.
· If organic fruits and vegetables cost too much, purchase a fruit and vegetable wash. This will not make your produce as healthy as organic, but you will enjoy them more knowing the chemical residue on the outside was washed off.
· Instead of buying fruit juice, purchase a water infuser pitcher. Simply chop up a few of your favorite fruits (or veggies), and infuse into the pitcher full of water.
· Need to save on meat? Meat markets have great prices on meat, or buy in bulk, and separate the meat into smaller portions to freeze. If there are no meat markets in your area, find a club store like a Sam’s Club, Costco, or BJ’s Wholesale.
· Another way to save money on meat, is learn the correct serving sizes. Purchase a weight scale, and learn about measurements in ounces to know protein, fat or calorie content, and follow those serving guides.