Eating Healthy on a Budget

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Eating
food that’s good for you is admittedly tougher than just grabbing a frozen
pizza. You have to plan, budget and cook. But it’s not impossible! With a few
quick tips, you can plan nutritious meals that taste good without breaking the
bank.

Create
a list

No
matter how short your grocery list is, it is easy to spend more money and time
than originally planned at the grocery store. Many of us are guilty of going to
the store with the intention of buying one item, and an hour or two later
leaving with a full cart and an empty wallet. To avoid getting trapped into
strolling the aisles, create a grocery list to stay on task and on budget.

Protein
swaps

When
shopping for protein-rich foods, try to switch up on your traditional meat
product purchases. Rather than paying for the premium 90-percent lean ground
beef, spend less on the 80- or 85-percent lean ground beef. Both options offer
the same amount of protein and iron for a lesser value, just limit consumption
of the less lean beef to once a week. To replace meat completely while still
receiving enough protein, try substituting beans. Beans are high in protein and
are often a better value than meat.

Shop
the frozen aisles

Make
the freezer your friend! Not only can frozen foods be cheaper than fresh,
frozen fish and produce carry as much, if not more, nutrients than in a fresh
state because the nutrients are preserved when frozen. Whether you’re making a casserole,
stir-fry, pasta, soup or smoothie, all of these dishes can be enhanced with
frozen fruits and vegetables. Watch for your favorite fresh produce – like blueberries
– to go on sale and freeze them yourself.

Try
a new recipe

Get
creative with what you have. You
will be surprised at how you can improve an omelet, soup or fried rice by
adding ingredients you have in your fridge. Consider cooking up your vegetables
to extend their life. After cooking, store your vegetables in sealed containers
in your fridge to enjoy for at least a few extra days in salads or pastas.

Grocery shopping and cooking can be tedious tasks that make it easy to fall into routines. Routines that are not always good for your health and bank account. Get creative and have fun with your eating habits. Not only will your taste buds thank you, but you and your wallet will stay full and fit as well.

This information is presented for educational purposes only. It is not intended as, nor should it be construed to be, legal, financial or other professional advice. Please consult with your attorney or financial advisor to discuss any legal or financial issues involved with credit decisions.

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