10 Tips ~ How to Eat Clean on a Budget

Updated: Dec 21, 2021


Fast foods appeal to many people. They are cheap, filled with tasty flavors, & fit in today’s fast-paced world where many people hardly have enough time to cook their own meals. But those burgers, fries, pizzas, donuts, & soft drinks come with a hidden price – your health.




Fast foods are often loaded with too much sodium, extra sugar, saturated fat, & harmful chemical preservatives. When you factor in the cost of managing heart disease, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune & gut issues those meals don’t seem to be much of a bargain, do they?


Most people eat junk food because they believe that eating healthy doesn’t come cheap. However, with the right strategy, you can easily eat right without a hefty price tag. Here are 10 tips you can use to start eating healthy on a budget.


1. Buy Frozen Fruits & Vegetables

Buying frozen fruits and vegetables can be a great money-saving option. Frozen foods usually have a longer shelf life and this makes them cheaper than their fresh counterparts. Since good vendors pack their frozen fruits & vegetables right from the farms, many of the nutrients are locked in, thus ensuring that the frozen produce retains its nutritional value.

You can even save more by buying healthy frozen fruits & vegetables in bulk when they’re on offer, then store them in your freezer. That way you don't have to worry about the food going bad.


2. Don’t Go Shopping When You’re Hungry

I’m sure you’ve done this once or twice, I know I have. But, you’re more likely to succumb to the temptations & buy expensive foods, snacks, & other junk foods when shopping on an empty stomach.

Having a meal before you shop for food will actually help you to avoid impulsive spending & stick to healthy choices while you shop.

If you don’t have time for a full meal, a filling healthy snack will still work to help you avoid overspending.


3. Drink Plenty Of Water

I’m sure you’ve heard this from me before. Water is the best beverage to keep you hydrated. It contains no calories and best of all, it costs nothing (or at least very close to it). Drinking enough water each day helps to promote weight loss, flushes out toxins, improves skin complexion, boosts immune function, & relieves fatigue.

Water also helps keep you full on less food. The less you eat, the healthier you are & the more money you save.



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4. Fill Up on Fiber-Rich Foods

Fiber provides a feeling of satiety since it metabolizes slowly in the digestive tract. This in turn curbs hunger cravings, allowing you to eat less & spend less.

Fruits, leafy greens, & whole grains are some of the best sources of fiber. These foods are also packed with nutrients & generally are low calories, making them a great addition to any healthy diet.


5. Freeze Your Leftovers


Studies have shown that the average family of four in the US throws away about 40% of the food that they purchase every year. However, these leftovers can easily be frozen & reheated. By doing this, you’ll avoid wasting such large quantities of food that would otherwise end up in the garbage & therefore you'll spend much less at the grocery store.


6. Go for Fresh, Lean Meats

While processed meats such as burgers and fried chicken are tempting, they’re neither healthy or a good value.

If you purchase fresh, lean cuts of meat such as chicken breast or turkey breast, you’ll pay as little as $0.50 per serving. You’ll also supply your body with the essential nutrients it needs without filling up on harmful trans-fats or chemical preservatives.

The best part is with a few spices, you can crank up the flavor of these meats and make them taste even better than their processed counterparts.


7. Look For Special Offers

Before heading to the grocery store, take the time to look for discount deals. There are many sites online which provide great deals on local healthy foods which are constantly updated.

Local daily newspapers are another excellent way to find discounted healthy groceries in your area. Also, make sure to keep your eyes peeled when you’re in the grocery store, as there are likely to be lots of promotions running while you shop.


8. Try Homemade Sauces (or other items)

Making and canning your own homemade sauce can save you money. You can use many locally sourced fruits and vegetables for the ingredients and these will cost a fraction of what you’ll end up spending on 1 bottle at the store.

The best part about making your own sauce is that they taste so much better than the processed sauces. Plus, there are many free recipes on the internet that can help you get started making your own sauces instantly.



9. Prepare Your Healthy Meals In Advance

A sure way to overspend is by heading to the grocery store unprepared & tossing whatever looks good into your shopping cart. Instead of doing this, plan your healthy meals in advance & write a shopping list for the week ahead. This will allow you to control how much you spend on groceries preventing you from going over your budget.


10. Take Advantage of The Grocery Store Clearance Rack

You can cut back on your grocery bill by checking for discounted foods at the clearance rack. Some stores mark down the price tag on perishable goods that are stacked on shelves when the expiration date is nearing.

Take advantage of these deals. You can enjoy discounts of up to 75% on a range of tasty and healthy foods. Many of the foods on the clearance rack can be frozen, so even though you’re paying a fraction of the price, you don’t need to eat them right away.


Summary

If you want to eat healthy but haven’t found a way to do it while sticking to your grocery budget, these 10 tips can be used to slash your shopping bill while increasing your intake of healthy foods.


So start implementing them right now and see how much money you save. Head over to Bekka's Natural Health Lifestyle Group and let us know what you’re starting with. See you there.


Until then Get Healthy, Be Happy, and Herbal on






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