Eating healthy is a goal for most people out there. Whether you start eating healthy due to some medical problems you’re facing or simply because you want to change your lifestyle, a low budget should not stop you from reaching your goal.
I’m not saying is easy to eat healthy on a low budget, but it’s possible if you’re paying attention at what you buy from stores. The first thing to do is to stop complaining about your budget and learn to incorporate healthy foods into your shopping.
Here are some useful and practical tips on how I manage to eat healthy on a low budget:
1. Forget about costly brands! Buy generic or store brands. Most of them taste the same like your favorite brands, but the difference is that you’re saving a lot of money. Don’t fall for the ones that have a nice packaging.
2. Buy “on sale” items. Most stores will reduce items which are almost expiring up to 90% in most of the cases. Usually stores reduce items late in the evening, therefore shop as late as possible.
3. Buy in bulks! If you find healthy products on sale you should buy in bulks and store them up. This way, you will save a lot of money.
4. Buy frozen vegetables and meat! The biggest advantage of buying frozen vegetables and meat is that they are cheaper and last for months. Contradictory of what people think about frozen vegetables, I’ll have to say they still have all the nutrients that the fresh vegetables contain.
5. Buy cheap protein! You should always try to buy cheap protein instead of expensive one. Eggs for example are absolutely cheap and offer the optimum daily protein intake.
6. Buy whole food, not processed junk! On one hand whole food are much cheaper than processed food, and on the other hand much healthier. Processed food (like chicken nuggets for example) are not cheap and surely not good for your health, therefore never spend money on junk.
7. Buy seasonal fruits and vegetables! Seasonal fruits and vegetables cost less and you should always add them to your shopping list.
8. Shop in your local market! Supermarkets are not always the cheapest, so go to your local market and look for the products they have on sale. Usually, local markets have cheaper and fresher products in comparison to the big supermarkets.