Friday, December 15

Eating Well on a Budget

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Eating healthy on a budget is not a myth meant for supermoms and bargain hunters. No, anyone can eat healthy on a budget if they follow a few guidelines. By picking up fresh food, you avoid the salt that is in most prepared food at the supermarket. Though eating on a budget is easy, it does take planning on your part to make it come together.

1. Good food is on the outside of the store

Most of the pre-prepared foods are on the inside aisles of the store, where the produce and the dairy is on the outside. You might look at the frozen dinners in the frozen section, believing that you are able to get something great. Unfortunately, you are paying quite a lot as well as getting more than your daily allowance of salt.

2. Leafy greens and salad is cheaper than prepared

With frozen dinners, you get only one meal per person. Each frozen dinner costs around $4, and you are subject to the tiny portions that you are given. When you shop around the outside of the store, you might find that you can make a lot of food and then freeze or can the rest. You will essentially be paying around the same price, but getting more meals. So, frozen dinners for two people would cost $8. A healthier meal with greens and salad costs around the same, but you get two meals for two people.

3. Junk food costs more

Look at the bags of potato chips, peanuts, and other snack foods. With a little bit of effort, you can get a five pound bag of potatoes for the price that you will pay for a bag of potato chips. Snacks that have been prepared at home cost dramatically less and have less calories than their commercial counterparts.

4. Farmers markets are great

If you are concerned about the prices of vegetables within the grocery stores, take a look at the farmer’s markets. They offer seasonal vegetables at prices which are usually quite a lot less than the grocery stores. From there, you can find fruits and vegetables, leafy greens and honey that you wouldn’t normally receive at the supermarket. Collard greens and turnip greens are healthier than fried foods.

5. Cook for leftovers

Make larger meals that you can use for leftovers. You might start the week with a lot of vegetables that you can prepare in advance. Designate a weekend day as a cooking day, where you can get as much food prepared as possible.

There is so much healthy food on the market, you can make lots of stir fry or gather other greens, or chop fruits for snacks. Take the time to shop for more healthy items in the supermarkets. They can be found around the perimeter of the store, and are usually cheaper than the high sodium prepared foods that you can find in the middle aisles. Take the time to make your own food, including oatmeal and breads. You and your family can eat healthier for less.

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