Many people say that they don’t eat healthy because it is so expensive. To me this is just an excuse to not do it! The Fitnessista was asking for a little help in giving some tips to a student in her business school, and I started leaving an insanely lengthy comment, so I decided to turn it into a post!
Eating healthy while also saving money.
If you all remember, for about 4 months I did a weekly market recap where I posted the amount I spent buying groceries. It was a great experiment and taught me a lot. Throughout all of those weeks I didn’t use any coupons, although I did casually look for things on sale. I wanted it to be as accurate as possible in terms of every day shopping.
I will say that a lot of us spend a decent amount of money on the grocery store because we like gourmet things… almond butter, goat cheese, fancy greek yogurts, raspberries out of season, etc. You can still eat well without those items.
I did a post about eating well on a budget back in January, focusing on your actual market experience. Now I tell you how to do it at home.
Here are my tips to eating healthy, while not spending too much money:
1. Don’t buy the packaged stuff. No Larabars, fancy almond butter, etc. Shop the perimeter of the market. As we all know, the healthiest stuff is there, and it is cheaper/makes more meals than the middle aisles. Bulk foods fall into this category.
2. Eat a little less. If you buy really good quality fresh foods, smaller portions are just as satisfying!
3. Make big pots of meals and then freeze them into portions for a later date. That way you don’t waste half that onion or whatever it is you don’t use up to make your small portion.
4. Have 1 vegetarian meal a day. For most of the U.S., this is a challenge. Other places in the world… it is the way of life. Which leads me to number 5…
5. Experiment in the kitchen! There are lots of great ethnic meals out there that don’t cost too much to make!
One example that utilizes all of the above…
Cost of ingredients:
1 16-oz bag of lentils = $1.50
1 28-oz bag of brown rice = $2.69, you will use 2 cups app. $0.19
1 onion = $0.99
olive oil, salt, pepper, cumin, water = app $0.10?
According to my calculations, it will cost you $2.78 TOTAL to make 6 huge servings!!!! That’s $0.47/serving.
Let’s say to that meal you wanted to add a huge salad with all the veggies in the world… Even if that cost you $3.00 (which is an extremely HIGH estimate), your entire meal just cost you $3.47.
Is that expensive?
**Please note that I am heading to Indiana to visit my best friend Lynne for the weekend! She just moved there! We are going to a fancy cooking lesson tomorrow and I will be sure to tell you all about it! Meanwhile, PB is in New Orleans for his bachelor party weekend.
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**Thanks for all the great feedback on my last post! You all rock! Happy Friday!