Wouldn’t it be great if omega 3 rich salmon and a fresh, organically grown salad were the same price as a McDonald’s combo meal? Well, this is never going to happen, but there are several ways to eat healthy without blowing your grocery budget.
Buy in Bulk
If it won’t go to waste, buying in bulk can save you a significant amount of money. There are a lot of healthy food choices you can buy in bulk and even freeze. For instance, nuts, which can be expensive, are extremely healthy in smart portions. If you buy them in bulk can be stored in the freezer in a tightly sealed container for about a year.
Preparing and cooking more substantial quantities of your favorite recipes is an effective way of saving money, particularly when it comes to using organic, fresh food. In other words, if a recipe demands a half a bag of potatoes, but you know you don’t have an immediate use for the rest of them, double up the recipe and freeze a portion. Not only will you save money, you’ll end up with convenient, healthy meals in the freezer for those nights when you don’t feel like cooking.
There’s Nothing Wrong with Frozen Veggies and Fruits
Although fresh vegetables and fruits are preferred, the frozen options can be equally as nutrient rich. An added bonus is that you won’t need to worry about your produce spoiling.
Take Advantage of Seasonal Foods
Seasonal produce is typically a lot less expensive, so plan your meals around what’s readily available to you now. You can usually save money on organically grown products at your local farmers’ market because they’re typically cheaper than grocery stores and the produce always seems to taste better.
Keeping it Simple
If you keep it simple, day to day meals can actually be inexpensive. Stock up on basic staples like beans and brown rice, make some hummus, eat a variety of greens, roast some fresh veggies and eat oatmeal topped off with organic blueberries, banana’s etc. for breakfast. These examples are healthy and inexpensive.
Have a Green Thumb? Grow Your Own Organics
Grow your own fresh, organic salad greens. You can buy a packet of mixed salad green seeds for about the same price you’d pay for a bag of salad these days (around $3.50), and you don’t need a lot of space to grow them. If you’re up for it, you can plant your own full-fledged organic garden and a lot of neighborhoods these days even have community gardens that you can plant in a designated spot.
Plan Out Your Meals Ahead of Time
One of the biggest mistakes grocery shopper’s make is impulse buying and/or buying more than they actually need at the grocery store. Most healthy, organic fresh foods have short expiration dates which can lead to a lot of waste. It’s easy to avoid this mistake by making a grocery list before you shop, covering your meals for the week if possible. It’s always better to buy less and to stop back by the store if need be than to buy too much, wasting both food and money.
While healthy eating is frequently associated with a higher price tag, it’s actually a lot cheaper in most cases than all of the “bad for you” processed foods on the market. It just depends on what you buy, when you buy it and a bit of smart menu planning. The most important thing to keep in mind is that all your efforts will be rewarded by optimal health.