Monday, March 6, 2017

Eating healthy isn't as expensive as you think!

But, I can't afford to eat healthy!
Sound familiar? I am sure that you already have a good idea that "cheaper" foods are those of little to no nutritional value. Think chips, soda, fast food etc. It's fast easy and convenient, none of which you want your body to be comprised of. So if you think eating healthy is too expensive, it's time you learn the tricks of the trade! I am all for eating healthy on a budget so let me teach you some things !
Tip #1
Buy frozen veggies and fruits where you can. Of course there are some things that you need to get fresh like mushrooms, lettuce and your potatoes but you can get away with some veggies frozen! Personally, I get my broccoli, green beans and cauliflower frozen each week to grill. Did you know that frozen foods can actually have more nutritional value because it is frozen until cooked unlike fresh, which can sit for days before consumption.
Tip #2
As tempting as getting everything pre cut is, try to stay away from it. Pre-washed and cut vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, zucchini, onions, etc. may be much more convenient but are also much more expensive. They are more expensive due to time to have to cut them. Get in the habit of coming home and cutting things yourself.
Tip #3
Go for the sale items, this also means the generic version of some products. There is usually nothing different about the generic product vs. the original. If you compare the ingredients, you will see that often the generic is the exact same, just without the recognizable brand. By buying the store version of the same item, you will save an incredible amount!
Tip #4
Buy some things in bulk.You get charged for convenience and packaging, so when an item is prepackaged and doesn’t require you to “serve yourself” there will be an added expense.You will save so much by bagging your own bulk items. A few items I always buy in bulk and save big on are oatmeal, oat bran, beans, seeds and nuts.
I hope these six tips help you save dollars and show you how you, too, can make healthy eating affordable and realistic for you and your family!

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