How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
Welcome to The Girls on the Big Blue Couch™ Show Episode 25. Health and finances are two topic areas that go hand in hand so today we are going to dive right into the subject of how to eat healthy on a budget! Listen in, take mental or actual notes, and apply these easy tips today!
#1 BE CREATIVE
The key to eating healthy on a budget is to get creative! There’s a huge misconception that eating healthy has to be more expensive, but many people are throwing away the food they have and not realizing it.
Learn how to use up your leftovers instead of throwing them – if you have leftover salmon, get creative and make fish tacos with it the next day for lunch or dinner. Cook up a batch of quinoa and keep it in your fridge as an easy filler for meals or snacks.
#2 EAT LOCAL & COOK AT HOME
Visit local Farmer’s Markets for better deals on produce. Lettuce from the farmer’s market will last longer if you keep it in an airtight container. Do not wash it before hand. Wash it as you use it.
Cut up veggies and keep them in airtight containers to cut down on cooking time and make salad making easier.
Determine to cook at home more than you eat out. Having a meal plan helps cut back on cost drastically!
Also consider growing your own food with a garden or a Tower Garden by Juice Plus+. It’s a hydroponic growing tower and works great for apartment living!
#3 SET A GROCERY BUDGET
Take some time to comb through your finances and see where money might be wasted on things that don’t matter and then redirect it toward healthier eating. This is something that won’t happen over night, and it will take lots of practice, but you can do it!
For instance, my husband and I spend about $80 a week total for 2 people on groceries depending on what we make. We always keep things like frozen chicken, quinoa, frozen fruit, grapes, apples, spinach, garlic, onions, frozen green beans, peanut butter, whole grain tortilla shells, olive oil, coconut oil, almond milk, and eggs on hand. You can make a bunch of meals/snacks out of these items so keeping them on hand is something we always do! We don’t have to buy these items every week – usually once every month or two. (Quinoa we buy in bulk at Costco and we go through 2 bags in 6 months. It’s much cheaper this way!) My husband also hunts and knows people who fish so we sometimes get free food from people who are overstocked.
Bottom line: when you pay attention to where your money goes and how much you spend going through drive thru’s for “cheap” treats and meals, you discover where your money is wasted and then you can redirect it to eating healthier! Be a good steward of your money and your food and you will notice that both your physical and financial health grow stronger over time!
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