Okay so you’ve heard it here first, I’m UPSET. It’s safe to say that I now understand why more than two-thirds of the American population is overweight or obese.
Do anyone else ponder as to why salads cost at least $12, where you could easily buy 12 hamburgers from McDonald’s for the same price?
Hm.. what’s wrong with that picture. I hate to say it but, money makes the world go ‘round. I’ll be honest, I do indeed strive to eat healthier because I don’t want to gain weight. But, I also don’t want to empty my pockets from purchasing a bowl of lettuce and a few condiments that hardly fills me up.
Fit Fact: Many people believe that in order to eat healthy, you have to spend more money. They’re wrong. There are ways to eat on a budget!
Educating ourselves on these topics really go a long way. After taking some time and doing some research, I’ve been able to apply some tips and tricks when I do my weekly food shopping.
Heathline.com shares some clever ways to eat healthy while considering your budget:
1. Plan your meals
3. Stick to your grocery list
5. Cook at home
7. Cook larger portions and use your leftovers
9. Stop buying junk food
2. Buy frozen fruits and vegetables
4. Pack your lunch
6. Buy in bulk
8. Appreciate less expensive foods
10. Buy generic brands
These tips really make a difference for me while I do my food shopping. Prior to going to the store, I try and write out a list of the things I actually need. The hard part comes in when I’m in the store and I see something else that attracts my eye; and my appetite. But that’s where sticking to your grocery list comes in. We tend to buy things we WANT instead of things we NEED. A lot of us, including me, are guilty of that ugly habit.
One of my favorite pleasures of healthy eating are the fresh produce. Frozen produce definitely has its advantages. You can use them for cooking, making smoothies, and you’re able to use them multiple times without them spoiling. OH, and they’re less expensive.
Fit Fact: Frozen fruits and vegetables are usually just as nutritious as fresh ones.Also – not everything with a higher price tag means the quality is better. You can spend less money on generic brands and get the same product.
Also, not everything with a higher price tag means the quality is better. You can spend less money on generic brands and get the same product.
I am so guilty of NOT doing #4. I used to be worse when I was younger. I always wanted to eat out and never bring my lunch to work or school; probably because I thought the food that I bought out, tasted better than what I’d bring. However, my pockets begged to differ.
I learned to get creative when it came to my meals and snacks. The more creative I get the less urge I have to want to eat out. Bottom line is, you don’t have to break the bank to eat will.
There’s always a way to eat healthy even being on a budget. Meal prepping is always a great option too! I would say it’s probably the most affordable when it comes to weight-loss diets. If you’re someone who doesn’t mind eating the same thing for a few days straight, I would definitely encourage you to try it.
Something I’ve learned when it comes to finding a balance to what I eat and my budget is understanding that I can never put a price on good health. Even if eating healthy was more expensive, which in all reality, it doesn’t have to be; it’s still worth it down the line.
Yes, fast food may be more convenient than having to stand in the kitchen for what could feel like hours of cooking a healthier substitute. But, if you’re committed to a healthier lifestyle, you’ll do whatever it takes. It’s always been said there isn’t enough time in a day. If you want it that bad, you’ll make time.