Fast food is super cheap which can be attractive when you’re on a budget but the long-term price you pay is not at all worth it. Here are some tips on how to eat healthy on a budget.
Buy produce when it’s in season and freeze it.
When produce is in season it’s not as expensive. When you find a good deal consider stocking up. Better yet, get out and pick berries for free when they’re in season and freeze those!
Look for cheaper cuts of meat.
Look for bone-in, skin-on, tougher cuts of red meat and organ meat. All of these are cheaper and still super nutritious. For tougher cuts of meat prepare them in a slow cooker to make them less tough. Also, buying a whole chicken rather than parts works out to be cheaper per meal and you’ll get quite a few meals out of one chicken.
Buy beans and whole grains.
Beans are super cheap. I recommend buying the dried ones, as opposed to canned ones, and soak them yourself. You can really bulk up a chili using extra beans which allows you to use less meat.
Quinoa and brown rice are also inexpensive and great way to bulk up a meal. You can even pre-cook them and freeze them so you have something to add to salads and soups.
Cook large portions and freeze the leftovers.
Cook up large batches and then portion them so you have meals for your week. This not only saves money, it also saves time and insures that you’re eating healthy food that you made and not grabbing something quick on the go.
Buy in bulk.
Go to your grocery store’s bulk section and stock up on what you need.
In season fruits and vegetables
The Choice Is Yours
You may have to look around a bit but there are cheap healthy foods out there. Don’t be drawn in by the cheap unhealthy foods that might be more convenient. In the end your health is your choice. Make it a priority.