We are all trying to cut costs somewhere in this day and age. However, nutrition should NOT be one of those areas. Sure, you might argue that organic/healthy foods are expensive, but the way I look at it is, it is an investment in your healthy future. The better you eat and the better you take care of your body (i.e. exercise, plenty of sleep, drinking plenty of water, etc.), the less time you spend being sick and unable to enjoy the life you want to lead. Below are some examples of how you can eat nutritiously on a budget:
- Shop on the Perimeter – choose foods located on the outer walls of the supermarket. This is where you are going to find your lean meats, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. The only exception to this rule is whole grain pastas and brown rice.
- Cut Out Processed Foods – This includes chips, muffins, cookies, soda, and sports drinks. I am all for eating treats in moderation and not depriving yourself, but they should not be a part of every day life.
- Make a Meal Plan – try to plan 7-10 days worth of meals at a time. More importantly if you pack your own healthy lunch, you will be saving not only calories, but also a lot of money!!
- Buy Frozen Fruits and Vegetables – when you buy frozen foods, you don’t have to worry about foods spoiling and you will get more of the nutrients that your body needs.
- Buy in Bulk – this is a good way to create a lot of portions for you family and you can freeze them for convenience when you are short on time.
- Cut Coupons – keep an eye out for online coupons as well as those found in magazines and newspapers.
- Use Your Own Water – save more money and reduce waste by using a water-filter pitcher or a device that can be attached to your water faucet and a stainless steel water bottle.