Despite what some may say, changing your lifestyle to adopt a healthy diet is no walk in the park. Furthermore, how is it fair that a Big Mac and fries is less than five bucks and that gluten-free, low carb, cauliflower pizza you whipped up cost about $15 for ingredients AND required a good amount of time to prepare? It’s not. But I can tell you one thing: it takes dedication and will power to drive past McDonald’s, grab groceries and cook a healthy meal! And that feeling afterward that you’ve done something good for yourself and your body is, in my opinion, far more gratifying.
So how do we eat healthy when we’re on a budget? Finding healthy foods doesn’t have to be as cha-ching as you think. Here are some tips!
- Make a list of what you need before you go. This way, if you can’t remember if you have garlic or not, you don’t end up buying more than what you need.
- Making two or more trips is okay. If you know the bananas are cheaper at Supermarket A, but the organic section at Supermarket B is always better, take the extra trip! It’s up to you to decide what’s worth it or not.
- Buy in bulk. Foods that don’t spoil quickly such as honey, nuts, seasonings and oats are great to buy in bulk and last for a few months.
- Eat before you shop.
Practice makes perfect. Once you get into a routine, you’ll be able to get in and out of the food store with everything you needed and nothing that you didn’t. Which foods do you include on your shopping list? Stick to the walls of the store. This is typically where all the whole foods are – fruits, veggies, meats, etc. Processed foods tend to be in the middle.
Here are some other wholesome foods to have as a snack or to go with your main protein source.
- Sweet potato
- Oatmeal and granola
- Greek yogurt and kefir
- Bell peppers, carrots and celery
- Hard boiled eggs
- Cottage cheese
- Rice cakes
- Bananas, apples and berries