As much as we would all love to eat healthy all the time, there’s no denying that eating healthy can be expensive. When you have a tight budget, it can be difficult to make the healthier choice.
We’ve found ways to work around a tight budget and will be sharing them with you – eating healthy doesn’t need to be an expensive habit.
10 Tips For Eating Healthily While On A Budget
The easiest way to manage costs is to plan what you will be eating. Take a look at what you have in the fridge and pantry while doing so do prevent unnecessary costs and make a list of what you will need in addition to that. Be sure to check the sell-by dates so that you don’t end up having to throw away food before you’ve had a chance to prepare it.
Don’t deviate from the list
Once you’ve planned your meals and created a list – stick to it! Don’t get sidetracked by anything else in the store – we know that the temptation will be there. Avoid the processed food section and try to stick to the whole foods and fresh produce sections.
Avoid eating out
Cooking your own meals will be a lot cheaper and prevent you from overspending and overindulging while out.
Larger portions will mean that you can eat from the same dish multiple times – leftovers can even be used to create additional dishes if you’re creative enough. You can even freeze food to reheat and eat at a later stage.
Avoid shopping when you’re hungry
As if avoiding temptation wasn’t hard enough, try doing it on an empty stomach. Eating a snack before shopping will help to keep you on track and focused.
Try house brands
Instead of buying expensive name brand foods, give the house brand a shot. They’re often the same quality, just in less fancy packaging and at a fraction of the price.
Junk food is not your friend
This should go without saying but avoid buying junk food. Not only is it expensive, but they often carry no nutritional value.
Keep track of sales and discounts
When your favourite products go on sale, stock up – within reason, of course, it will save you money in the long-term and reduce time spent in grocery stores. Just make sure that the products you buy can last and not go off.
Substitute meat with other protein
Meat, especially fresh meat and fish, can be quite expensive. While you can buy cheaper cuts, there are other protein options available. Legumes, eggs and canned fish are all great alternatives.
Buy frozen foods
Frozen foods are often cheaper and have a better shelf life than other products. You can also buy fresh produce and freeze it for later use.
There are several ways in which you will be able to eat healthily while on a budget – you just need to plan your meals and find ways to stock up on your favourite products. It does not have to set you back an absolute fortune if you know what you’re working with.
The starting point for eating healthily is knowing what type of food choices to make. Sign up for our Specialised Nutrition Course to find out what these are.