How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

19.03.2015
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How to Eat Healthy (1)There are a million excuses people use to not eat healthy, some more understandable than others, but “it’s too expensive” should not be one of them! There are tons of things you can do to eat healthy without breaking the bank.

Here’s how:

Quality over quantity

  • In terms of meat, seafood and cheeses/specialty items, the better the quality, the better for your health and budget
  • Talk to the meat butchers and fishmongers etc.; they recommend quality products and give you exactly what you need
  • A little goes a long way—not to mention if you fill most of your plate with fruit, vegetables, whole grains etc. your meats and cheeses will last you much longer

Stick to frozen produce

  • Frozen produce is picked at peak ripeness and immediately frozen to lock all the nutrients in
  • It’s cheaper and already cut up for you to make your veggie stir fry or morning fruit smoothie

If you need fresh produce—in season, local is best

  • If you shop local, farmers are able to provide it to you at a lower price due to little transportation costs
  • It not only benefits you, but also benefits local farmers and the environment

Buy in bulk

  • Buying whole grains in bulk allows you to choose how much or how little you want, and avoids the cost of packaging
  • You can even bring your own containers to limit waste

Make a list

  • This will help you avoid impulsive purchases to stick to the plan and budget

Now find what works for you at the grocery store and in your home! If you still need some convincing, just remember, eating healthy and living an active lifestyle can prevent chronic disease, and that’s a real money saver!

Kristina LaRue
Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD is a registered dietitian and sports nutritionist for Tara Gidus Nutrition Consulting.

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