Do you know that you do not have to break the bank to eat healthy? Often times, people think that healthy foods are expensive but in reality that is not the case at all. Here are some tips that can help you eat healthy while on a budget. ASKDAMZ, the wellness and nutrition expert!
1. Plan your weekly meals
Meal planning helps save time and also money spent. Meal planning helps to create a realistic and reasonable shopping list. By knowing exactly what you need, you will not be buying unnecessary things thereby putting your budget in check.
2. Make a shopping list and stick to the list
Going to the market or grocery store without a list can lead to impulse buying; making you spend more than you intend to and sometimes you end up buying things you don’t need. Try to stick with the list you have made, you can do this by setting a price limit of the amount you are allowed to spend. Also learn how to read labels for the price tag of items before putting them in your shopping cart.
3. Cook in bulk and meal prep
When food is bought in large quantities you are most times in luck of getting a good discount. This allows you to prepare your meals for the week and store it thereby helping you make healthier meal choices because you aren’t caught unawares when hunger strikes.
4. Buy vegetables and fruits that are in season and on sale
Produce in season are way cheaper than those not in season. Use what you can, prep the remaining or keep them refrigerated or in conditions best for their preservation. For example, in seasons where tomatoes and peppers are cheap, you can prepare them, keep them canned and store them in cupboards.
5. Buy frozen fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are perishable goods and end up in the trash if not used up on time. You can limit wastage of fruits and vegetables by buying frozen fruits and vegetables, they are frozen at peak ripeness so do not lose their nutritional value, they will be good for months.
6. Reduce the frequency of eating out
It is less expensive to cook your meals at home than it is to eat out. Most times, you are not always 100% sure of what goes into the meals when you eat out. Are they always healthy ingredients? Food for thought!
7. Don’t go grocery shopping when you are hungry
Shopping when hungry is most likely going to make you stray from your shopping list and buy things on impulse. Studies show that we tend to buy more food and choose higher calorie items when we are hungry.
8. Stop buying junk
Cut out unhealthy snacks from your diet. You will be surprised how much money you are spending on junks like soda, cookies, chocolates and processed meals. Instead plan healthier snack options like fruits, yogurt that are less expensive than junk.
9. Buy non or semi-perishable food items in bulk
Buying food items and ingredients in large quantities is less expensive than buying them in units and they can be stored in airtight containers. Food items such as grains can be purchased in large portions and stored for future use.
10. Grow your own produce
If you can, grow your own vegetables. Home gardening is a great way of reducing the cost of meals. Seeds can be gotten at a reduced cost and research has shown that home grown vegetables taste better than store bought vegetables. Having a continuous supply of vegetables at home helps save money spent in markets and grocery stores.