Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive, the truth is it can actually save you money! There are lots of ways to enjoy the benefits of healthy foods and still stick to a budget. Here are some ideas to keep your costs down while making healthy food choices:
1. Do your grocery shopping once a week. Every time we go to the store for just one or two items we usually end up walking out with a cart full! By going only once a week, you eliminate the possibility of spending more money!
2. Plan Plan Plan! Come up with some meal and snack ideas for the week. Make a shopping list based on those meals and then stick to the list! Don’t be tempted by impulse items once you are in the store. Having a list and buying just the items on it will help a lot.
3. Make meatless meals one day a week. On those days you can easily get your protein from beans, nuts, seeds and grains.
4. Make meals at home. Cooking at home can be much healthier and cheaper than eating out. You are in control of the ingredients (like salt and sugar amounts) and you’ll probably end up with leftovers for another meal! Getting the whole family involved with preparing a meal whenever possible is also a great way to spend some time together!
5. Try growing a garden. You don’t necessarily need a big garden space you could start with some planter boxes or even just a small herb box in a windowsill! Your city might have a community garden that you can take part in. Gardening is a really great experience for kids!
6. Famer’s Markets can be a great place to get your Rainbow of produce! You are supporting your local farmers and getting fresh produce that hasn’t had to travel for miles and miles. I’ve heard that if you go to the market towards the end of their day you can sometimes get an even better price because they are very interested in getting rid of their stock…just something to consider!
7. Freeze big quantities of seasonal produce. In the summer months we buy huge flats of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries then we freeze them and use them in smoothies and other recipes during the winter months. It’s much cheaper to buy produce in season!
8. Buy Bulk! When shopping for items like flour, spices, pasta and rice can be less expensive if you purchase them from the bulk bins! It’s also better for the environment due to less packaging so it’s a win-win situation.
9. And finally…Never shop on an empty stomach!
Happy Healthy Eating!