Eating Healthy on a Budget
In a previous blog, we talked about the impact financial stress can have on our health. And we all know that what you eat is a key to our physical health. But many people believe that eating healthy means spending more money. However, with just few changes, you can eat healthy without straying from your budget!
One way to eat healthy on a budget is to prepare your meals instead of eating out. First, plan your meals for the week and build your grocery list. Before you head to the grocery store, be sure to grab a snack – shopping while hungry can lead to impulse purchases.
While shopping, be sure to stick to your list! Buying extra items can add up and make a dent in your wallet. And don’t be afraid of frozen fruits and vegetables. Produce is usually frozen at their peak ripeness, which is also their peak nutritional value, making for a cheap way to get the most out of your fruits and veggies. They also last longer, so you don’t have to worry about wasting them. Meats can get expensive, so you can also try to incorporate some other proteins such as eggs, lentils, beans, yogurt or cheese, to cut down your grocery bill.
Another way to eat healthy on a budget is being mindful of your portion sizes when you do choose to eat out. Many restaurants offer large portions, so eat half of your plate at the restaurant and take the rest home – that’s two meals for the price of one!
There are many more ways to get the most bang for your buck while continuing to live a healthy lifestyle, so stay tuned for additional tips and check out these additional resources created by our Coaching team: