Eating a consistently healthy diet is hard enough without monetary restrictions, but some of us have crazy tight budgets we need to stick to. If you’re on a shoestring budget, but still want to eat healthy check out these key tips.
Buy In Season
Food that’s in season is cheaper, more nutrient dense and better tasting than food you’ll find out of season. As we approach fall, look for apples, squash, pears, sweet potatoes, dates and, of course, pumpkin.
In a perfect world, we could plan out our meals and then go to the store to find that exactly what we need is on sale, but that’s not realistic. Instead of planning your meals first, check to see what healthy ingredients you can find on sale and then plan your meals after you’ve seen the sale items.
Opt for Lentils and Whole Grains
These staples are typically cheap, healthy and very filling. Start adding wild rice, quinoa and beans to your dishes to add fiber and protein, while keeping the cost down.
Make the Most of Leftovers
If you’re one of those people who can’t stand leftovers, there is another option. Instead of tossing the extra food, make it into a different dish. Leftover meat can be added to a soup, sandwich or even salad for lunch the next day. There’s no need to toss perfectly good food, just get creative.
The Freezer is Your Friend
Some people think that frozen fruits and vegetables aren’t nearly as healthy as the unfrozen kind, but that’s just a myth. These foods that are frozen soon after they’re picked are packed with nutrients and they’re almost always cheaper than the “fresh” stuff. Pick up some frozen fruits and vegetables to save on prep time and to save some money.