I often hear people say they can’t afford healthy food. That’s a myth! With a little effort, you can become a pro at buying real, nutrient-dense foods at great prices. Here are some tips for eating healthy on a budget:
1. Plan your meals and snacks for the entire week. Avoid impulse purchases.
2. Include real (unprocessed) foods that fill you up and will make you feel full longer (foods packed with protein, fiber, and good fats). Examples: nuts, seeds, veggies, fruits, eggs, lentils, beans, brown (or wild) rice, steel cut oats, popcorn
3. Make your shopping list from your meal plan. Never shop when you are hungry!
4. Shop for sale items.
5. Buy produce that is in season.
6. Buy in bulk.
7. Visit your local farmer’s market.
8. Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
9. Shop online discount sites. My favorite is vitacost.com
10. Eat at least one meatless meal per week.
11. Grow your own food.
12. Cook from scratch.
13. Eat more meals at home.
Prime-Time Health by William Sears, MD*