Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget
January 14, 2015
The media has misled people into believing that healthy food is expensive. The truth is healthy food or a healthy lifestyle does not have to be expensive at all. In fact, going healthy in the kitchen could mean curbing your budget for groceries. The secret is to be in control of your menu.
Here are quick tips.
1. Stop buying junk food.
2. Stop buying alcohol and soda.
3. Reduce trips to fast food chains.
4. Limit sweets.
5. Watch what you eat.
Check your grocery expenditure after a month. You will notice how much you have saved nixing all unnecessary fattening, sugary, and unhealthy stuff. Plus, you will see less clutter and trash in the kitchen. You see, eating healthy, in fact, will make you spend less.
Start by learning to cook your food.
You don’t need to be a culinary arts graduate to learn how to cook. Simple recipes that are healthy are available everywhere. By doing your own cooking, you control what you put in your food. You control the amount of sugar, salt, and fat you put in it. You control your intake of the macro-nutrients–carbohydrates, protein, and fat. When you buy prepared food, you don’t know how much trans fat or simple sugars you’re consuming.
Prepare your weekly menu.
Plan your menu for the entire week. That includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you have little time cooking food during weekdays, look for easy-to-prepare recipes. There are easy meals that require just a few ingredients and are healthy. One of your assignments now is to search for easy to cook recipes.
Stock ingredients for cheap, quick recipes.
Quick recipes are usually cheap. They require just a few common ingredients, and you can cook them in 10-30 minutes. No lavish preparations are needed. No waiting for several hours. These recipes are great when you are preparing quick breakfasts or packed meals for lunch. What are the usual stuff for these recipes?
1. Eggs. Eggs are great. You can boil them for 5 minutes, and you have a nutrient-rich meal good for breakfast or for snacks. You can eat them alone or with brown rice. Omelets are quick breakfast choices too. Just use olive oil.
2. Rice. It doesn’t matter whether you choose white or brown. Both are good choices. Some say brown is healthier, but research has debunked that. Both are excellent sources of carbs, which you need as an energy source. Just eat a cup per meal, and you should be fine. You can mix them with veggies and green peas if you want to be more creative.
3. Beans. Another cheap ingredient for quick recipes are beans and lentils. You can never go wrong with these protein rich goodies, which can complement rice and veggies.
4. Veggies and fruits. Vegetables are excellent sources of fiber and micronutrients. They should be part of your meal. They are very cheap, so you have no excuse for skipping them. Fruits are excellent alternatives to junk food as snacks.
5. Lean meat. Lean meat should be part of your grocery budget. It’s your excellent source of protein, B-complex, and iron. Meat can be grilled or stewed. Look for inexpensive cuts.
6. Fish. This is another excellent source of protein, plus good fat. Buy raw and cook it yourself. Look for simple recipes online. Fish dishes at restaurants are much more expensive.