You might have heard before that eating healthily can be expensive. Well, that’s not entirely wrong, there are so many food products labeled as ‘healthy’ that are more expensive than ‘normal’ food products.
I want to tell you that you can’t fall for that marketing tactic. Eating healthy shouldn’t be expensive, anyone can have a healthy diet without spending too much.
That’s why I’m writing this article for you. I have some awesome tips that can help you eat healthily without breaking the bank.
1. Make a grocery list and stick to it
The number one problem that causes people to spend too much is temptation. Like when people are going to the supermarket and they see all these food products on the counter, they get tempted to buy more than they need. That’s why it’s common sense to not shop while you’re hungry.
To circumvent this, I recommend you create a grocery list. Write all the stuff you need to buy and don’t buy anything else not on the list. This way you won’t get sidetracked and tempted to buy more stuff.
Another thing I want to tell you is to start from the perimeter of the store first. This way you’ll start by filling your cart with whole foods. The further you go to the middle, the more processed and unhealthy foods you’ll find. When you see your cart is already filled with a lot of healthy foods, you’ll more likely to stop putting in more stuff.
2. Cooking large portions
This tip is great for people who are short on time or want to use their free time for something else other than cooking. By cooking large meals, you’ll save a decent amount of money and time each week.
The leftovers can be used for lunches, re-cooked or used in other recipes, or frozen to be eaten later on. Make sure to portion the leftovers before storing them in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to eat them, just reheat and eat one portion for each mealtime.
3. Get whole foods
As I’ve already mentioned before, always start with whole foods when you’re shopping for groceries. Furthermore, whole foods are often cheaper than processed foods. I said cheaper because buying whole foods is an investment.
Some whole food like a block of cheese, for example, is outright cheaper than shredded cheese. Whole grains are also outright cheaper than most processed cereals. The main point is I want you to stop believing the myth that healthy foods are more expensive than unhealthy foods.
4. Stop the habit of buying junk food
Many people don’t realize how much they spend on soda, cookies, processed foods, and other prepackaged meals. Junk food is addictive, people who have the habit of eating junk food don’t realize how much they eat in a day. You know things are bad when you don’t realize how much you’re eating.
Not to mention that, no matter how much you eat junk food, your body actually gets very little nutrition. That’s why your body will get hungry quickly and make you eat more.
Cut your junk food consumption immediately and you’ll notice how much you can save by eating healthily. With the money you save, you can use it for something else or buy more healthy foods.
5. Create a meal plan
Knowing what you want to eat a few days in advance can help to cut your food expense by a lot. Spend a few hours of your day to plan your meals for the upcoming week. Make sure that you write delicious and affordable meals with easy to get ingredients. From the plan that you’ve created, now you can create a grocery list.
You can also plan your meals depending on what you already have in your fridge. This way you can save up even more money by using what you already have. You could surprise yourself by doing this, perhaps you already have almost everything you need. And remember the previous tip: stick to your list.
Apply these tips and live healthily
I hope you can achieve a healthy lifestyle and save up with these tips. Self-control plays an important role here; without it, you won’t last long. Making a list and plan your meals are a great way to help you stick to the rules. And don’t give up, I know you can do it.