Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive! You just have to learn a couple of tricks and stick to them! Eating healthy on a budget is possible! Once you start paying more attention to what you are buying, what you are cooking, how much you are spending, you will be healthier and a lot less stressed. Not to mention the extra money in the bank…
Now, the way people over-spend when they eat healthy is when they buy Asparagus in December or buy ‘healthy’ labeled packaged food or ready meals. This will hit your bank.
Obviously, to eat healthily, you tend to buy mostly raw uncooked whole food, which means you will need to cook some of your meals.
Now, not everybody likes or has the time to cook, so it can be expensive to buy pre-cooked vegetables or anything that’s been pre-made for you.
The thing that frustrates me a lot, is pre-cut vegetables in a plastic bag. Like seriously! They are so expensive and they are simply cut! Not even cooked!
That’s where people get it wrong. It’s the convenience, but unfortunately, convenience costs money!
Let’s have a look at a couple of ways to eat healthy on a budget:
1. Buy Frozen Vegetables!
You would be surprised, but frozen vegetables may even be healthier than fresh ones!
The reason for this is, the fact that they immediately freeze the vegetables after the harvest, which means they are actually fresher!
You never know for how many days this head of broccoli has been standing on the counter in the supermarkets, with all the chemicals they spray to make them look fresh. I am not saying buying fresh vegetables is bad, but what I am trying to say, is that if you buy frozen, you will pay a lot less, and the quality may actually be so much better!
2. Buy Food That’s In Season
Now, I understand the temptation is real when you see shiny red strawberries at the store in January…but this will cost you…a lot!
It’s essential that you buy fruit and vegetables that are in season in order to save money and eat better! I am sure you have noticed the difference…a strawberry from Egypt eaten in January tastes so bland. But try some strawberries when they are in season and they are so sweet and juicy! They don’t have to travel hundreds of miles before they reach your palate.
3. Cook, Cook, Cook!
Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive if you cook your meals! it’s really important that you cook some of your meals, or pre-pack your lunches for work. It will save you tons of money.
As we mentioned earlier, pre-made healthy food will cost you twice as much as any other unhealthy food.
You don’t have to spend hours and hours in the kitchen, there are a couple of ways of doing it quick and healthy:
1. Make Buddha Bowls!
They are so easy to make! Some of them don’t even require any cooking or anything, you just assemble together a couple of vegetables, tinned beans ( which are already cooked ) lettuce, tomatoes, hummus.
If you do want to go the extra mile, you can simply roast some root vegetables, like sweet potato, carrots, parsnips.
Cook up some rice or quinoa quickly, serve that with some avocado, lettuce, tomatoes and some black beans and there you go!
2. Spend One Sunday Afternoon To Batch Cook For The Week Ahead! It won’t take you more than 2 hours!
Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive if you batch cook! You will save tons of money, and you can eat even healthier. You can also adjust the seasoning and everything to your own taste! Like it spicy? add some heat!
Having a pre-cooked meal waiting for you, will leave no room for temptations, or buying expensive takeaways.
3. Buy Tinned Vegetables!
Now, don’t completely rely on tinned vegetables because of the potential BPA (BPA is a chemical that’s often used in food packaging, including tins. BPA in tinned food can migrate from the tin’s lining into the food it contains.) , but it’s a good idea for beans and chopped tomatoes for a sauce. They are so, so cheap! And they are already pre-cooked for you!
You can make super quick meals out of tinned food!
Wanna make a quick high protein bean salad? Just mix some butter beans, dice an onion, add some broad beans and some lettuce, a bit of lemon juice and olive oil and there you have it!
Want to make a quick filling vegetable stew? Simply sweat down an onion and some garlic in a deep pan, add a tin of chopped tomatoes, some diced potatoes, green beans, cover and cook on low until the potato is tender. Right at the end add a tin of drained tinned beans of your choice, season and there, boom! A super easy meal.
4. Try To Stop, Or Limit Buying Takeaway Coffee/Tea, And Lunches
Simply make your own at home! And the chances that nobody is going to put dairy milk by accident are seriously reduced since you are the one making it!
Same goes for food really, try to pack your lunches, rather than going out to eat every day. It will save you so much money, and you will know what’s in your food and how many calories there are if you are watching them!
5. Try To Stop Buying Mock Foods
Like, Vegan sausages, burgers, cheeses and ice-creams. They can be very pricey. Obviously, if there is a craving, or you just fancy them, do buy them, but in moderation. Your bank will thank you! And these foods are normally not healthy, they are highly processed with a lot of added artificial flavors and fats.
6. Watch Out For Deals At The Stores
Make sure you keep an eye on the deals at the stores or anything that’s reduced. Sometimes, they reduce the price of fruit or vegetables, because they are out of date on the package, but that doesn’t mean it’s uneatable. Normally, if you do buy reduced fresh vegetables, simply try to cook them on the same day.
The Bottom Line
Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive! You just gotta be smart! I know it can be very convenient to just buy something that’s label healthy and get it over with, but seriously, this will hit the bank big time.
For me, the number 1 saver is cooking! Batch cooking especially. I cook ahead for 4-6 dinners, and they normally cost me less than a £1 per meal! Not to mention the fact that I get at least 2-3 of my 5 a day.
Just try it, your bank and your health will thank you!