How to find LOW COST, HEALTHY options.
Are you trying to eat healthy, but it's just so expensive?
You want to eat nutrient dense foods in a nation where a salad is $7-10 and a big mac and fries is $3.
Every time you order nutrient dense meals, the bill is like double, triple what it normally is.
I can help you with this.
Healthful eating doesn't have to be expensive. You have control over your spending. You just don't know yet.
Here are 3 tips on how to find low cost healthy options:
STOP buying every "healthy" item ready-to-eat, or easy to prepare.
Foods (nutrient dense, or not), are more expensive when they are convenient. You are paying extra for convenience. For example, gardein nuggets are about $3 for a serving that i can easily eat in one sitting, whereas, something similar like tofu bites that you cooked yourself with oats at the coating would be a third of the price. I love gardein nuggets, but I know that if my significant other and I are trying to save money, I don't buy them.
In the grocery store, buy your items least processed as possible. This kills 2 birds with 1 stone. Not only are you saving money, but you are also controlling how much your food is processed and how this way.
2. Eat out less.
A meal that you prepare at home is a fraction of the price of eating the same meal at a restaurant. Again, you are being charged extra for convenience. The restaurant is profiting off you. They have to make money too!
For example, a greek salad (yummmm) is about $9. I have made this salad myself with servings being less than $6 for a larger serving.
3. Buy groceries from the local fresh markets instead of Wholefoods.
Don't get me wrong. I LOVE wholefoods! But what I also know is that their prices are totally inflated. They aren't the only store like this, just a good example. Another good is example is Publix (if you don't live in Florida you may not know this one).
Basically, a store that sells foods more expensive because of convenience, very nice
customer service, a reputation of having "healthier options" or aesthetics of the store. You may not be able to find EVERYTHING you need at the farmers market, but you can definitely find many, or most of your groceries there and work your way to a less expensive supermarket (ex: Aldi's).
There are also grocery stores that sell "defective" food items that are perfectly fine, however, they may not "look" as pretty. The packaging might be ruined, the food may be close to expiring, the fruit may not be as bright. These stores are called salvage grocery stores. Find one local to you! This can be super helpful when balling on a budget.
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