You’ve all heard the excuse or even said it yourself that, “eating healthy is too expensive”. At times it can be more expensive yes, but there are ways to shop more efficiently and break even. I’m going to provide you with some ideas and tips on how to save a couple bucks and keep to your routine budget while improving your diet at the same time. Even if you were to go over your typical budget, keep in mind that thinking long-term you are more likely to stay healthy and as a result save money for cutting healthcare costs. Not only that, you will look and feel better because at the end of the day you are what you eat!
1) Swap fresh berries for frozen berries. Since they are frozen they hold the same nutritional value as fresh berries, they last longer, and you do not risk the chance of having to throw out rotten food. Therefore, you reduce the chances of having to throw money away too.
2) Buy Quick Oats instead of Instant Oatmeal. Not only will you save money but you also skip the unnecessary amounts added sugar included in most Instant Oatmeal packets
3) Forget potato chips or even veggie chips for that matter. Just spray washed kale with cooking spray, season with sea salt, and bake at 350° for about 15 minutes. They taste just like potato chips and are less than 50 calories per cup.
4) Buy canned fish instead of fresh fish and you will still get your Omega-3s.
5) Instead of buying pricey Whey protein give Tofu a shot to keep your protein intake high.
6) Plan your meals for the week before going to the grocery store.
7) Check to see what you have at home before making a list of what items you need.
8) If an item you eat often is on sale then take advantage of it and stock up on it if possible.