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Healthy Community Healthy You – Eating healthy – Making the cost budget friendly

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Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough – All too often people say that eating healthy is more expensive. They say healthy foods cost more versus other snacks and options. This can depend upon what a person defines as being “healthy”, but generally this is considered eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and leans meats. There are ways to cut the cost of these items using shopping tactics. In the long run, eating healthy may actually save money.

  1. Cook your food at home – Eating out and eating prepackaged foods/meals is more expensive. The ingredients for meals cost far less than one meal at a restaurant, and much, much, less if there’s more than one person to pay for. You also don’t have to tip and/or pay for the delivery.
  2. Deals and sales – There are coupons and discounted costs all the time. You can plan your menu that way. Stock up when you can on these items, and you can freeze them to make them usable for later.
  3. Buy in bulk – This method can equate to a lower cost overall. This only applies to food that have a longer shelf life. Examples would be grains and nuts.
  4. Meal plan – You can find recipes that have similar ingredients to cut the cost of having variety with your meals. You can also find recipes with fewer ingredients. Part of planning can be using the leftovers for other meal options, so again, you are saving.
  5. Buy frozen fruits and vegetables – This is a great alternative to fresh, so they don’t go bad before you eat them. They do have the same nutritional content as fresh. These are versatile and can be used in smoothies, in yogurt, for baking, and even to top salads and/or items like oatmeal.
  6. Buy generic brands – Often times these are less expensive than brand names with almost no difference. You still need to read the nutritional facts and ingredients to double check this.
  7. Write a list ahead of time – Stick to the list. You are more likely to stick to your budget that way too. No need to get items you don’t need but caught your attention. You know your meals and what you need so obey that plan.
  8. Don’t shop hungry – When you’re hungry, you are likely to make more impulsive choices based upon your cravings and desire to eat something soon.
  9. Store food properly – Little tricks like lining your refrigerator doors with paper towels can help absorb moisture which helps fresh items last longer. Freezing meats helps them last longer and dairy products should be kept in the main part of the refrigerator, not on the side doors. Keeping pasta and rice in an airtight container in a cool place will also help them last longer.
  10. Eat more plant-based proteins – Items like beans and lentils cost less than meats. Although meat is good for the diet, sometimes it is good to try other options. These can also be incorporated into other recipes like casseroles, stir-fry’s, soups, and salads.

Simple and easy tips make eating healthy manageable and budget friendly. People steer towards convenience and what is fast. That is money wasted. You will pay much more to just to have it now. Keep driving until you get home and stay to the original plan of what you shopped for and prepared for. Hunger is a feeling, but it passes. Nourish your body, don’t just give it what it wants right away. That’s like caving into a child’s temper tantrum. Your mind and body will appreciate the healthy foods and your wallet will appreciate the savings.

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