When thinking about eating healthy, it’s easy to envision a heft grocery bill—from exotic fruits and vegetables to protein powder and superfoods. However that doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re cooking from scratch and are going about things the right way, eating healthy genuinely can be tasty and cheap. Regular seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as meat are both fine.
If you don’t know how to start eating healthy on a budget, consider some of the tips below:
Utilize Lower Cost Supermarkets
Shopping at a lower cost supermarket is likely to massively slash your grocery bills. Lower cost supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl are fantastic for getting general shopping done; if you want to buy things like herbs and spices, consider finding an Asian market near you. Most cities and suburban areas have one close by. Going to a weekly farmers market during the warmer months will also save you money when it comes to fruits and veggies.
Definitely avoid the grocery stores that are branded as being more luxurious—even their basic store brand is a lot more expensive than the stores mentioned above. If you like the produce at those more expensive stores, consider going to a weekly farmers market in your area. The produce is local, and the fruits and veggies tend to be way more affordable than at the grocery store.
Another good piece of advice is this: only go to a grocery store if you have a list with you.
That way you won’t be easily swayed when you see discounts on things you don’t need.
Buy and Cook in Bulk
Buying in bulk will almost always work out cheaper, big packs of vegetables and large chunks of meat for example will cost less than when they’re put into smaller packages. Take advantage of this and use these bulk ingredients to bulk cook, make large meals, then split them into individual portions and freeze them.
Not only does this save you money, but time too. We’ve all been there, after a busy day you get home and realize you have nothing planned for dinner and ordering takeout becomes really tempting. Eating take out gets very expensive, especially if you’re ordering the healthy dishes.
This way, you have a stash of different healthy, tasty, and home cooked meals in the freezer that you can just pop in the microwave.
Learn Some Cupboard Recipes
Cooking with fresh ingredients is great, there’s nothing better than fresh meat or seafood such as this recipe from The Mediterranean Dish to get your tastebuds tingling. However, if you’re between a grocery trip and don’t have a lot of fresh ingredients, then it’s worth knowing what meals you can cook from the cupboard.
These tend to be cheap and fairly easy, think pasta or rice dishes with canned sauce, beans, herbs and spices, and whatever else you have laying around. It can keep you going for a few more days if you don’t want to go to the supermarket (or don’t have time).
How do you eat healthy when you’re on a budget? Let us know in the comments below!