Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive! In fact, with a few simple tricks and some planning, you can make healthy living affordable for your entire household. Here are my go-to tips:
Create a plan.
I create a general meal plan for the week so I know what I’ll be eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner most days. This way, I’m only buying what I need. Creating a meal schedule really helps you stick to this because you know what you’ll want to have on hand and nothing will go to waste.
Make a list.
In the same sense, having a plan before you go to the store will help you stay on track. It can be easy to fall victim of clever marketing, so having a list and sticking to it will keep you focused on what you really need and in turn keep your bill low.
Try doing the majority of your shopping around the perimeter of the grocery store. The perimeter is where you’ll find the fresh fruit and vegetables, and often the bulk section where you can stock up on whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds. The aisles are where you’ll find processed and prepackaged foods that are often not necessary nor good for your health.
Visit farmers markets.
Farmers markets are often a great place to find fresh produce at a cheaper price – and you’ll know exactly where it’s coming from. Organic produce that has had to travel thousands of miles may not only be more expensive, but also not as fresh.
I always make extra dinner to have on hand for lunch the following day. Not only does it save time, but it saves money too! Food is much more likely to get eaten, there is less waste, and that makes it a winner all around.
What are your healthy eating tips and tricks? I include lots of easy, affordable healthy recipes here on my blog!