6 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget
Eating healthy on a budget just makes good $en$e. You may wonder how eating healthy foods which cost a little more can fit your budget. Let’s explore why eating healthy is possible, preferable and 6 helpful tips to do so.
Highly-processed, sugary, gooey, crunchy, chemically-preserved and artificially-colored food and beverages seem like budget bargains. But, they create constant cravings, make candida spread like rumors of celebrity break-ups, and cause your energy to crash. Quality organic whole foods, on the other hand are filling and nutrient dense. They help you to handle stress better and prevent illness. You’re not seeking and paying for symptomatic relief. You may also save your co-pay, deductible and frequent office visit charges. Wellness equates to big savings, and feeding your family the healthy way is a major contributor to it.
Here are the 6 tips to help you eat for health and stay within your budget:
1. Shop at Local Farmers Markets For Healthy Food Savings.
Traditional local farmers markets offer fresh produce and other food products, and the growers are usually more environmentally conscious. Local growers sell direct to consumers. This means fresher food of higher quality and less cost than supermarket prices. Food always costs more when it goes through the usual distribution channels, hauled long distance to final retail outlets.
Local growers take pride in the bounty they bring. You’ll usually find home-made products such as fresh-baked artisan breads, cheese, jams, preserves and other prepared foods. Compare vendors by engaging them in their growing habits, and you’ll be able to readily determine the ones who are providing the healthiest choices. You’ll often get great bargains as closing time approaches, too. Food is not hauled back and kept in the cooler until it eventually sells.
You’ll encounter both novice and pro gardeners alike. If you’re looking for organic, ask them how their produce is grown. They may not be certified organic due to the cost of certification, but by their knowledge, passion and fluency you’ll know how much care they’ve taken to produce quality.
2. Cook at Home– It’s Cheaper Than Eating Out.
Busy folks argue that they don’t have time to cook, so going to a restaurant or routinely ordering take-out saves them time. We’ve really bought into instant gratification. As comedian Brian Regan states: “If you need to zapfry your poptarts before you head out the door, you might want to loosen your schedule.”
Cook at home, and you’re the quality control. You know what you are eating. Having a severe case of food poisoning from eating out is no picnic. (You’ve probably seen some of the horrendous conditions on TV’s Kitchen Nightmares.) Besides missing work, you pay unexpected expenses not factored in your budget. Most restaurants use highly processed foods, so you’re getting unhealthy quality at higher prices. While dinner out for two can easily bring a $40.00 tab, your groceries for that same amount will make you several meals.
Preparing delicious, healthy meals is an art, well worth the time and effort. You’ll save money with quick and easy recipes, knowing your family will benefit health-wise. Bring back the family togetherness and fun in the kitchen and reduce stress, too.
3. Plan Your Meals Ahead of Time To Keep Within Your Budget.
By planning your meals, you can decrease food spoilage which is very costly. Impulse buying can easily cause you to exceed your budget. Don’t make it a big chore; think of what the family enjoys and plan out the menu. This exercise should only take you about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes each week. And, if you take advantage of sales, that will also determine what you’ll be serving.
4. Watch for Sales at Your Market To Get The Healthiest Food at the Best Price.
Here’s some simple ways to make the most of sales and save even more money.
– Check sales and coupons in your local Sunday paper, flyers, and online suppliers. Whether you have a local Mom and Pop health food store or big retailers like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, they all have specials and sale items. Stock up on those products you use and enjoy. Many geographic areas have access to a coupon book with savings on popular brands. You can also check for coupons on the websites of your favorite brands.
– Ask your grocer for the best sales dates. Believe it or not, most people won’t do this. You might want to engage some like-minded friends and buy in bulk. The grocery or produce manager will often accommodate case ordering at a discount, passing along the additional savings to you. You can also join or form a local co-op to pay less for good food.
– Use a Smart Phone app to help you shop. You can find healthy recipe ideas. You can quick reference and identify non-Gmo foods and get the pesticide ranking for produce.
5. Grow Your Own Food For Maximum Budget Savings.
It may sound like a lot of work, but growing your own food is rewarding and a great way to save on your food bill. Even if you don’t have a huge back yard to make a garden, you can use pots and other containers on your porch, balcony or patio. In these planters, you can grow great organic herbs, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables.Though there will be an initial expense, the money you will save will be recouped easily. With your garden established, seeds and seedlings can be purchased inexpensively for a high return on investment.
If you need help with organic gardening, check organic gardening websites and grow your own food. You can learn more about organic gardening or check out how to grow organic food in containers for starters. Enjoy the experience and save big on your food bill.
6. Get Your Body In Balance To Eat Healthy For Less.
There’s no doubt about it. When your body misses quality nutrients to feed your cells properly, cravings soon become your master. The grocery cart becomes full of items laden with sugar, artificial flavors, dyes and other chemicals. The treats individually may not seem expensive; however, the empty calories and addictive ingredients have you in a perpetual spending and eating frenzy. When the body is getting the proper optimal fuel, even missing a meal is not a big deal. You have stamina and staying power.
There’s no excuse not to eat healthy. You change how and what you’ve been buying with a big payoff in better health. You’ll be grateful for that along with the obvious savings and increased personal productivity.
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