With so many factors to consider, it can be difficult to eat well when you're on a tight budget. However, there are many ways to eat healthy, affordably.
Here are 5 simple ways to help you eat healthy on a budget.
1. Buy fresh produce when it's in season, freeze and/or store properly.
Generally, buying local produce that is in season is cheaper. It's usually at its peak in both nutrients and flavor.
In the winter I typically stock up on butternut squash. Storage Tips: Even though they seem pretty solid, squash continue to ripen once they’re picked. Slow down the process by storing them in a cool, slightly humid environment (like, say, a basement or cellar). Under the right conditions, squash will keep for up to three months.
Most local grocery stores provide a weekly publication of sale items. Instead of shopping for groceries based on your weekly meal plan, consider planning your meals around what's on sale.
3. Stop buying junk food
You're paying a hefty penny for prepackaged meals and processed foods. Not just with dollars, but your health! Remember: You have no control over the amount salt, sugar and fat in processed food but you do have control over what you to choose buy.
Despite the fact these kind of foods offer very little nutrition and are packed with unhealthy ingredients, they are also very expensive. By eliminating processed and unhealthy foods, you can spend more of your budget on higher quality, healthy foods.
4. Buy in bulk.
Buying some foods in bulk quantities can save you a lot of money.
Grains, such as brown rice and oats, are all available in bulk.
They also keep for a long time, if you store them in airtight containers. This is also true for beans, lentils, some nuts and dried fruit.
These are all staple foods that are relatively inexpensive and can be used in a variety of healthy meals.
5. Cook Large Portions and Use Your Leftovers (read it here).
Cooking large meals can save you both time and money.
Leftovers can be used for lunches, in other recipes or frozen in single-portion sizes to be enjoyed later on.
Leftovers usually make very good stews, stir-fries, salads and burritos. These types of food are especially great for people on a budget.