Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a burden on your wallet.
Although there might be some trendy health foods with a hefty price tag don’t be fooled, eating a healthy diet filled with whole foods can be done on a budget.
By making some simple changes to the way you shop and spend your money you can not only stick to a budget but also save money while eating healthy.
Cook Your Meals At Home
The first thing you can do to eat healthy on a budget is to start cooking at home more as on average, a healthy home-cooked meal for 4 people can cost the same as a meal for 2 when dining out.
Cooking at home is much cheaper than eating out, and you also have the added bonus of controlling what ingredients are going into your food, so you always know it’s a healthy meal.
Of course, not everyone has the time or energy to cook a fresh healthy meal every night so, if you find yourself lacking enough time to cook your meals then meal prepping will be your best friend.
It’s as easy as doubling the size of your recipe when you do cook and packing away the leftovers for another day so you can ensure you always have an option besides takeaway on those busy nights.
Shop Seasonal Produce
Sure, broccoli is a great healthy ingredient to include in your diet, but if it’s $9 a kilo in summer it might be a budget breaker.
Instead, when you’re planning your meals, consider what fruit and veg are in season and try to find recipes which use that seasonal produce or adjust your favourite recipes to use what’s in season.
When you buy produce that’s in season, not only is it cheaper, but it’s also at its peak in both nutrients and flavour so it’s a win-win situation.
For added savings, try to buy your produce from a local market or green grocer as often locally sourced produce is much cheaper than chain supermarkets.
Stock Up On Sales
If you have favourite healthy staples that you use frequently, stock up on them when they're on sale so you don’t find yourself paying full price when you run out next time.
Just make sure you’re only stocking up on food you'll definitely use. It’s no use to buy a kilo of quinoa if it will sit unused in your cupboard for months.
Don’t Shop When You’re Hungry
Repeat after us, never shop on an empty stomach.
We’ve all been there, it’s been a long day, you stop by the shops on the way home to pick up a few things for dinner and somehow end up filling a trolley with food you didn’t need.
When you’re hungry it's very easy to get side-tracked at the supermarket and end up making snap decisions which can lead to unintended, expensive purchases.
By simply having a healthy snack at least 30 minutes before shopping or choosing to shop after a main meal you can help eliminate those unnecessary hunger-induced purchases and stick to your budget.
Plan Your Meals Ahead Of Time
If you’re the kind of person to stock up on tons of fresh produce and protein with no real plan for how you're going to use it, there's a good chance most of it will go bad before you get around to cooking.
That’s why the number one tip to eat healthy on a budget is to plan your meals ahead of time so you know exactly what to buy when shopping.
When you know what ingredients you need, your weekly shop stops being a guessing game and you can make sure the food you’re spending your hard-earned money on won’t go to waste.
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