eating healthy

If we’re going to improve our eating habits, we need to eliminate any barrier that may stop us short of our goal, and one of the most frequently reported barriers to eating fruits and vegetables on a regular basis, is cost. Eating more plants doesn’t have to break the bank. By simply planning ahead one can improve diet quality without increasing cost. The following tips can promote healthy eating on a budget.

  1. Do NOT shop hungry – Have a healthy snack before you get to the store and plan by creating a list.
  2. Learn to read ALL the labels – Use the shelf tag for the cost per unit as a resource to determine which item gives you the most bang for your buck. Sometimes a 32oz container of yogurt is cheaper per unit ounce than individual 6oz containers.
  3. Reduce waste – Don’t buy perishable food in bulk if you don’t have a plan to use it all before it may spoil. Utilize your freezer to store some fruits and vegetables to extend shelf life. Buying fruits and vegetables already frozen can be just as good as buying them fresh.
  4. Get your protein – Eating more plant-based proteins like beans, legumes, tofu, and nut butter is a cost-efficient way to stretch your money. Also consider buying canned meats like chicken, salmon, and tuna.
  5. Keep it simple – Don’t over complicate your recipes with a ton of ingredients. Stick to your favorite sauces, herbs, and spices that are versatile in many different types of recipes. Repurpose leftovers by tossing them in rice bowls, for example.
  6. “Health” foods allowed, but not required – Organic junk food is still junk food. Don’t go crazy on buying “superfoods” like goji berries or matcha powders if you can’t afford it. A well-balanced diet is more important. But if all does not work for you, then try this here

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