Eating Healthy on a Budget
Posted by Sarah at 10:13 pm in Great Deals

Going to the supermarket can be such a drag! Unless you want to subsist on HoHos and potatoes, you may find that you need to spend more than expected to buy healthy food. Unfortunately, as worldwide crop demand increases and as farmers dedicate more land to the lucrative biodiesel market, you may find that food prices will go even higher. That said, there are some things you can do reduce your food expenditures.

Start a Garden

Starting your own garden has an enormous number of benefits. In particular, if you want to eat healthy, organic produce, this is one way to ensure that you won’t be exposed to the many chemicals used in commercial farms. In addition to saving money, you’ll also be eating some of the best organic foods available. You may even want to purchase some canning jars and learn to preserve certain foods so that you’ll have access to cheap, healthy produce year-round.

Do Your Own Cooking

Regardless of how busy your schedule is, you can take a few hours to cook healthy foods for the rest of the week. For example, you can cook a roast and slice it up for sandwiches that you can take to work for several days. You may also want to try making soups, breads, and other items that freeze well and can be prepared ahead of time. Best of all, you don’t even need to go and buy a cook book in order to find easy, tasty recipes – just search online for recipes, and you’ll have access to a wealth of feedback left by individuals that have already tried each recipe.

Meat Protein Swapping

There’s no question that the cost of meat is outrageous. Even if you only want one or two pieces of meat a week – or some meat each day – you may find that you just can’t afford it. At the same time, eating cheap tuna fish or other mercury-filled seafood products is simply not an option.

That said, some studies indicate that beef is the only meat that contains all of the proteins you need in your diet. In addition, if you do your research, you can find nuts, beans, and other items that contain the majority of these proteins that will supplement your beef intake. From there, you may find that you can easily cut your meat consumption down to one serving of beef per week, and still get all of the proteins that you need to stay healthy.

Sales and Discounts

While many people tout the money-saving benefits of coupons, they won’t help you save on the fresh fruits and vegetables you need. In addition, it’s important to remember that these items have a limited shelf life, so you’ll need to plan your purchases carefully. For example, bananas will only last a few days after they ripen. Consequently, many supermarkets offer produce at deeply discounted prices either at the end of the day or at the beginning. If you watch the employees in the produce department carefully, you may be able to find some good deals when they put these items out for quick sale.

Even though the price of food is likely to go higher, you don’t need to go hungry or force yourself to eat foods that are filled with starch, preservatives, and agricultural chemicals. In many cases, if you a little extra research and follow some simple guidelines, you should be able to cut your food bill by a significant amount. Chances are, you’ll find this gives you a much healthier diet, as well as a more affordable one.

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