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The first thing that comes to mind when I think of healthy eating is money – healthy food can be expensive. Eating healthy can pose a serious threat when you are on a budget, but just like most problems that exist, there is a solution.
Here are my favourite tips that can help you eat healthy on a budget.
1. Planning your meals
Meal planning plays a pivotal role in a healthy diet and the benefits are bountiful. For instance, you will not be wasting any food for you’re certain you will only buy what you will consume. Another benefit is that it prevents you from eating out which is more expensive than cooking at home. So carefully planning your meals will help stretch your budget.
2. Cook large portions.
Everyone is an individual and will thus have different opinions regarding this one. Regardless, I am a firm believer in cooking large portions for the entire week and refrigerating them. Doing so will save you both time and money. You can put the left overs to good use by making your own lunch when you go to work, or use it to make other recipes like stews and stir-fries. This is great for people on a budget.
3. Buy generic brands.
Generic brands are often significantly cheaper than name brands. Most generic brands are made from the same ingredients as their name-brand counterparts, which is a bonus when you are health and budget conscious.
4. Bulk buying.
Buying food in bulk can save you incredible amounts of money. Bulk products cost significantly lower in comparison to those packaged in similar quantities. Foods such as brown rice, barely, oats, lentils, beans and nuts are all inexpensive and lasts for long without going to waste. In addition, bulk buying means fewer trips to the store, you will be saving time and gas from frequent visits to the store.
5. Cut down on junk food.
Without a doubt, it is not easy to cut out junk food in your diet. Sodas, cookies, sweets, chocolates including prepackaged meals are not only expensive but are not good for your health, for they carry little to no nutritional value. Therefore, discipline is required in this aspect.