4 Simple Tips To Keep You Eating Healthy On a Budget

Posted October 1, 2012 by in Health + Fitness

There’s no denying it: it’s typically cheaper to live off of pizza than it is to eat kale, quinoa and tofu. There is a way to eat healthy on a budget — you just have to work a little harder (but only a little)! Below are four tips that’ll make your wallet and body happy.

1. Eat More Protein

According to research from Purdue University, following a high protein diet which had 25% of calories from protein was associated with greater feelings of fullness during the day, less desire for late-night eating as well as less preoccupation with food. Go tuna! Great sources are:


Canned Tuna, which is usually under $2 a can, tastes excellent on top of arugula and balsamic vinaigrette dressing!

Beans, which are also high in fiber make the smart, healthy and nutritious buy!

 4 Simple Tips To Keep You Eating Healthy On a Budget

2. Go Shopping Every Other Day

Have you ever tried to be “smart” and shop for a whole weeks worth of food just to find 2 rotten tomatoes and black basil in the fridge on Friday? When the budget is tight, it’s better to buy vegetables for only 2 days at a time.

Beefsteak tomatoes, for example, are usually sold by the pound, and more often then not will cost less than 99 cents/lb.

Btw! Keep the tomatoes AWAY from the cucumbers (in the fridge)! The tomatoes will release “vapors” which will make the cucumbers rot faster. That means money in the trash.

 4 Simple Tips To Keep You Eating Healthy On a Budget

3. Buy The Store Brand

It could save that “ouch” feeling from your wallet…seriously!

 4 Simple Tips To Keep You Eating Healthy On a Budget

4. Buy Big

Buying a 20lb bag of rice for 10.99 (about the size of a toddler) might be a heavy lift (workout anyone?) but could be a healthy, fast delicious way for carbs compared to spending $4 on only a pound of rice.

Try adding dried herbs/spices like turmeric or rosmary to give it a little more flavor. Both herbs go amazingly well with chickpeas and garbanzo beans which will make a great meal filled with protein! Typically when I do this, the 20lb bag of rice last me about 2.5 months.

 4 Simple Tips To Keep You Eating Healthy On a Budget

What tips do you live by that help you eat healthy on a budget? Share them with us in the comments below!

About the Author: 

Tzahalla Kessari is a certified gym trainer from the Wingate Sport Institute in Israel. She decided to follow her dreams in the Big Apple recently and is now an actress who’s a part of the Project Girl Performance Collective based in Manhattan. To stay in touch, follow her on Twitter!