8 Tips To Eat Healthy On A Tight Budget
A lot of people are trying to stay and eat healthy by eating more fruits and vegetables. They
often choose to go for organic meat and pesticide-free greens to get the best out of what they
eat. However, the thing that is keeping them from continuing this habit is their budget. Often
times, they find it hard to make all of their purchases fit within their budget.
Here are tips to eat healthy on budget
1. Grocery shopping- if you’re out grocery shopping, you have to, of course, choose the better
options. Rule is to get tons of color on your plate and to balance everything out, so make sure
you get tons of fruits and vegetables, enough carbohydrates, protein etc. Also, avoid shopping
with an empty stomach. This will have you craving for everything you see including junk food;
and of course, the more you add to your basket, the more money you’ll spend. The best thing to
do is to write down the things that you need to buy to stay within your budget and to keep
yourself from purchasing unhealthy food.
2. Less meat- You may choose to buy grass-fed, pastured, organic and hormonal free meat but
it will really cost you a lot. But if you can’t go vegetarian, you can get organic meat but eating
less of it will help you balance the costs.
3. Eat more legumes and grains- these two are inexpensive but they are very nutritious and
good for you. It can also make you heavier faster; you want have to load up on the meat just to
feel full. Include legumes and grains especially if you work out regularly because it is packed
with protein and good carbohydrates.
4. Buy in bulk- buying in bulk can help you save money, transportation expenses, and effort.
Buy dry ingredients such as pasta, grains, dried fruits, nuts, rice etc. in bulk. Buy an amount that
works for you or for your family.
5. Clean non-organic purchases well- a lot of people can’t afford to eat healthy all the time as
well as purchase organic food all the time. Also, organic products are not available just
anywhere and the prices are usually really high. You can still purchase non-organic products to
cut down on the costs but just make sure that you clean them well to rid it of pesticide. Mix white
vinegar with water to wash off the products because pesticides stay on products even when it’s
6. Local products- ask your local market on how they grow their products and learn whether
they are really organic or not. Also, buying food that was grown abroad will of course cost more.
Buying products during their peak season will help you save so make sure you when they are
coming out. Stock up on these products or you can even preserve them to save it for the next
7. Grow your own- if you really want to what’s in on what you are eating; you might as well grow
your own. A little patience is required for this one but what’s good about this is that you’ll know
what’s in your food and it will cost you much less than frequently buying in the market.
8. Bring your own food- most people spend more when they’re at work because their tendency
is to go out to eat in restaurants which is actually more expensive and there’s guarantee that the
food you’re getting are organic or fresh. Pack your own lunch at home and bring it to work.
You’ll be sure that you’re getting only the freshest ingredients and you won’t have to spend
anything anymore. Bring a few snacks in case you get go hungry or crave for something.
Now that you know how to eat health on a budget, you can now save more money and refrain
from using your credit. If you do use your credit, make sure to do a credit check. Get a copy of
your credit report regularly to be able to monitor your credit rating. Also, don’t forget to pay off
your bills on time to avoid getting marks on your report.
These tips will surely help you save money whilst staying healthy. It wouldn’t hurt to ask
questions if it means that you’ll get the best and freshest products for you or your family.
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