At this time of year, we are totally thinking about food. What are we going to feed our guests – what is it that I can take to my friend/relative’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.
Even though it’s that time of year that we tend to indulge ourselves, we can still add many healthy and delicious options to our menus. Of course, when it comes to eating healthy, we often think twice about buying the healthiest options at the grocery store because of the price.
I can’t express to you how many times I’ve heard the sentence, “I can’t afford to eat healthy foods.” This couldn’t be further from the truth — there are so many ways to enjoy healthy foods without spending your entire paycheck. In fact, the pre-packaged, processed foods that aren’t improving your health are more expensive. They cost more per serving, and they certainly cost more in the long run if we’re factoring in your long-term health and doctor bills. The good news though is with a few tricks up your sleeve, you can make healthy eating happen, and for much less than you think.
Here are 6 tips that will have you eating healthier without straining your budget…
Buy frozen berries. Berries are notoriously expensive, even when they’re in season. With the frozen ones, the nutrients are locked in at the peak of freshness. They don’t spoil, and you can toss them in with spinach and fresh bananas for a simple smoothie.
Go for quick oats. Morning breakfast can still be fast without those pre-packaged oatmeal packs which have additives and sweeteners. Pour boiling water on your quick oats and breakfast is done. You can also toss in some of those frozen berries for good measure.
Make use of kale. Most people only use lettuce to make salads. And those same people, despite their best intentions, become tired of those salads a few days into the week. Instead, buy kale which is less expensive and more nutrient dense. You can make it into salads, bake it into chips for a fantastic snack, or even sauté it like spinach.
Buy fresh from the farmers. Check out the produce from your local farmer’s market. Often, the fruits and vegetables you’ll find there are considerably less than those you’ll get at the supermarket and much fresher too. Plus, many local growers will discount bruised produce even further. Don’t be afraid to check it out and score an even better deal.
Plan your meals in advance. This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you’re not planning your meals for the week, then you’re going to be throwing money away. Sit down and get organized, prepare for leftovers to be incorporated and stick to the plan. You’ll find you’re saving a lot more if you do!
Incorporate seasonal items. One area where you can and should be flexible is with incorporating seasonal items. If a recipe includes asparagus, but it’s not in season or costs too much, replace it with something that is in season and costs less.
If you look around your kitchen, you’ll likely find even more ways you can save on eating healthy the next time you go grocery shopping. Try out these tips, and you’ll be well on your way!
Do you have any more tricks up your sleeve that I didn’t mention here? Comment below and let me know, I’d love to add any tips to my list.