If the cost of fresh produce has you doing a double take, don’t fret. It IS completely possible to eat healthy without wondering where the money from your hard-earned paycheck disappeared to. Missy from Graceful Little Honey Bee and Jessi from The Budget Mama share their top tips for eating a well-rounded healthy diet while on a budget.
Plan, Plan, Plan
Not only does planning help with meal prep, but it’s also a great way to save some dough. Missy recommends taking a peak in your pantry before you start planning out your meals for the week so that you’re able to use up what you already have. Jessi also loves this method because you cut down on food waste. You can also take a look through grocery store flyers to help plan your meals around what is on sale. Check out Missy’s free printable meal plan to help you organize a weak’s worth of frugal meals at a time.
Choose Frugal-Friendly Foods
Opting for a couple meatless meals per week as well as limiting more expensive foods like dairy and out-of-season produce can help to cut down on your grocery bill. More frugal proteins like beans, chicken thighs, eggs and tuna will be your best bet. Missy also recommends stocking up on oats, cabbage, carrots, and in-season produce. Jessi is also a fan of stocking up on frozen produce. Not only is it cost effective, but also allows you to have a go-to veggie for those busy evenings.
Missy recommends making as many items at home as possible to help cut down on costs. Her favorite healthy go-to’s? Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Thighs. You can also avoid purchasing pricey seasoning mixtures and sauces by making your own, like Missy’s Taco Seasoning Mix. The bonus is that you get to control exactly what your eating, cutting down on additives like sodium. While cooking a healthy dinner every night can be overwhelming, Jessi says you don’t need to go all-out to eat clean. Try her Chicken and Corn Chowder or Homemade Beef Stroganoff.
Make Slow Yet Lasting Changes
Jessi points out that it can be really overwhelming to make drastic changes to your buying and eating habits, which can cause you to revert back to old habits. She recommends starting by incorporating a few healthier swaps, like choosing brown rice over white rice. Jessi also encourages you to stick with the healthy things you do enjoy. For example, her and her family have tried quinoa many times but they’re just not a fan – so instead, she swaps in the brown rice her and her family do enjoy.
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