Healthy eating can be expensive. It becomes expensive when we get caught up in the latest health trends, diets and superfoods. However, it’s not as complicated as it seems. All you have to do is concentrate on eating wholefoods. Wholefoods are foods in their natural state or as close as possible to their natural state. Great wholefoods include fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, legumes, grains nuts and seeds. Here are my top tips to eat healthy on a budget:
Meal planning – prepare a weekly menu and write your shopping list accordingly. This way, you eat exactly what you purchase. If you need an example, my Conscious Cleanse program contains a 7 day meal plan with recipes and a real food shopping list to get you started.
Shopping list – take your shopping list to the supermarket/farmer’s market, tick each item off and stick to it. My top tip is to shop straight after a meal to ensure you’re not hungry or tempted by extra purchases. You can find a copy of my shopping list here.
Reduce packaging – don’t pay for packaging. Food without packaging is often less expensive so aim to purchase in bulk and source wholefoods. Remember that foods without packaging are also some of the healthiest foods.
Food prep – once you get home from the farmer’s market/supermarket, prep and store your food accordingly to ensure it lasts and it’s easily accessible. You can pre-cut your vegetables for dinners or you can make smoothie packs ready for breakfast. Simply throw everything you need to make a smoothie (excluding the liquid) into a small container or zip lock bag. This way, you can have breakfast ready in 2 minutes each morning.
Cook up – have a monthly cook up day where you prepare hommus, veggie patties, bliss balls, chocolate, milk, trail mix, raw cheesecakes, bread, cereal, muesli, vitamin water, smoothies and green juice and freeze or store for later use.
Shop seasonally – purchase in season (and local) fruit and vegetables to ensure your produce lasts longer. You don’t have to buy organic food. Read more here.
Eat each meal twice – make it once and eat it twice. Every dinner I prepare, I also eat as leftovers for lunch the next day.
Avoid processed food – it may appear inexpensive, but nothing is cheaper than wholefoods. Stock up on fruit and vegetables. The cost to your health when you consume processed food is far greater than any initial ‘savings’.
Nutrient value – consider the nutrient value of the food you purchase. A well balanced meal will ensure you remain satiated for 3-4 hours. An unbalanced, processed meal will have you snacking throughout the day.
Do you have any other tips to add to this list?