Healthy eats on a budget

A nutritious diet is crucial to good mental, emotional and physical health, but some people believe that maintaining a wholesome diet can be expensive. It’s not.

Shop with a strategy

  • Make a meal plan with healthy dishes and develop a shopping list from that.
  • Take advantage of sales. If you have freezer or refrigerator space stock up on foods that you usually buy when they are on sale.
  • Shop the perimeter of the store. Foods around the perimeter include produce, meats, dairy that are healthier and often cheaper than the processed foods that are found in the center isles.
  • Don’t food shop while hungry. Shopping while hungry makes it harder to stick to a list and leads to impulse buying and cravings for snacks.

Think large

  • Preparing large portions of food and eating them over multiple meals can save you time, money, and energy. Cooking once and eating multiple times throughout the week, especially if the portions can be frozen.
  • Don’t throw away leftovers. You can get creative and make new dishes with them. Soups, stews, or stir fries can create a base for new creations.
  • Experiment with combinations. Never forget about how many combinations you can create with whole grains, salads and vegetables that produce many different flavors and go well together.

These are all examples of ways to not only get more out of your buying experience, but to help you create a new norm for yourself and your family that will enrich your lives. Start today with these examples and create multiple ways of loving yourself by edifying your life with beautiful food choices and creations.

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