Eating Well On A Budget

If you are reading this you're probably looking for some ideas about how to eat well economically. You may have told yourself eating well is expensive. Truth is it can be, but it doesn't have to be.

Why Should We Eat Well

There are many benefits to eating healthy. Living a long life with little to no health issues is a big one. Weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight is another. Feeding your body whole food provides it with the proper nutrients which leads to improved mood, memory, gut health and a good night’s sleep. So how can we eat healthy food affordably?

Ideas To Fit Healthy Food Into Your Budget

 Eat in season. Seasonal food is the least expensive.

 Avoid canned food. Even the high end brands are found to use BPA in the can lining. Frozen options are often cheaper and healthier.

 Eat less meat. All animal products are expensive. When you do eat beef grass fed is the best for you. Stick with a portion that is the size of your palm. Look for sales and then buy in bulk, portion it out and put it in the freezer. Add other protein sources to your diet like eggs, seeds especially quinoa and greens which are usually less expensive per portion. Broccoli actually has more protein per calorie than steak and quinoa has 14g of protein per serving.

 Eat more fiber, less refined sugars. Refined sugars and hydrogenated oils increase our appetite and therefore our spending on food. Fruits, veggies and nuts however are packed with fiber therefore filling us up and ultimately decreasing our spending on more food. Look for stores that have bulk veggies at a good price like Costco or Sam’s Club. In those two stores alone you can get enough organic lettuce to feed 2 people for a week under $6. There is also Aldi’s, Save-A-Lot and WINCO.

 Pack your lunch! Always cheaper and healthier than a restaurant.