Do you want to eat healthier but can’t figure out how you can afford it? Although healthy eating can cost a little more in the short term, long-term benefits can be gained from eating better, and these include being easier on your wallet.
Here are ten money saving tips to getting a healthier diet:
1. Eat organic, but buy on sale. Organic produce is seasonal like traditionally grown produce. If you check your neighborhood circulars, sometimes you can find a 10 pound bag of organic oranges on sales for cheaper than non-organic citrus.
2. Shop with a friend. If you don’t want to have to look all over town for the best deals in organic foods and grains, ask a friend to keep an eye out and pick up an extra bad of apples, or another pound of quinoa when it is on sale. If you do this for each other when you see a great sale, then you will both cut down on your grocery bill and your waistline.
3. One of the cheapest healthy foods is whole grain rice or brown rice. You can find coupons in the Sunday paper or check your local big box stores like Costco and Walmart or Sam’s club for large bags of brown rice. Make sure to store it in an air-tight container and use it as a foundation for healthy soups, casseroles, stir fry and other nutritious and delicious meals.
4. Buy multigrain pasta as the same type of inexpensive meal base. At around $2 a box, you can’t beat it.
5. Non-fat Greek yogurt is not only full of protein which will keep you from snaking all day on potato chips and chocolate, but it is also inexpensive if you buy large containers instead of individually sized portions. It is also full of healthy bacteria which aids in digestion.
6. Old-fashioned, steal cut oats can be used plain, with yogurt and fruit, or in recipes for muffins, breads and cakes, and costs about .30 per serving if you buy it in bulk.
7. Russet potatoes are actually a powerhouse of nutrition and very cheap. You can find an entire bag sometimes for about $5. Just bake them instead of frying them or make oven-fries to keep them nutritious instead of fattening.
8. Beans are cheap and fabulous. Every kind of bean imaginable has been the cornerstone of a nutritious and inexpensive meal in every culture for eons. Learn a good chili recipe or how to make lentil soup.
9. Don’t buy more than what you can make and eat in three days. Stop throwing away good food due to spoilage and you can save a pretty penny on the nutritious things you already buy.
10. Drink water. Water is free and even if you buy it, it is still less expensive than soda and much more healthy.
Healthy eating doesn’t need to be expensive, you just need to be creative. What other ways have you found to achieve healthy eating on a budget? Share in the comments below.