Want to eat healthy? Concerned about the cost? With a little bit of planning, you can have a healthy diet without breaking the bank. Here are four tips to help you handle this:
Consider Frozen Fruits and Vegetables
Did you know most frozen fruits and vegetables contain the same nutrients as their fresh counterparts? While you cannot substitute everything—e.g. lettuce for a fresh salad—you can go frozen for many things. Consider smoothies, for instance. Heating the fruit in the microwave briefly ensures you don’t damage your blender’s blades, and you still get the same nutrients from the fresh fruit. But buying frozen also lets you take advantage of a tip coming later while also ensuring you do not waste food by letting it go bad.
Watch Grocery Flyers
Your grocery store flyers are officially one of your two best friends when trying to eat healthy on a budget. Always consult the flyer before you shop and make a list of what healthy food is on special. This will help you decide what you will eat during the week. It will also add variety to your food, since the flyers will put new food on special each week.
Embrace Your Freezer
Your freezer is the second of your two best friends. It is perfect for storing your frozen fruits and vegetables, mentioned earlier, and also lets you buy meat in bulk. Meat is notoriously expensive, which is why grocery flyers are key to finding good specials on chicken breast, ground beef, et cetera. With your freezer on your side, you do not have to limit yourself to what you can eat before the expiry date. You can portion the excess into freezer bags and store them until a later date.
Shop In Season
When produce is not in season, the prices automatically go up. Thus, always shop in season as much as possible (e.g. berries in the summer months), so you can save as much money as possible. This can even apply to some frozen fruits and vegetables, since supply could go down if the fresh variety is not in season, meaning there is less to freeze.