Healthy Eating on a Budget

Becki Andrus

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Who says you can't eat healthy foods on a budget? This has been the chief complaint of many people who wants to eat healthy but couldn't. Is eating healthy really that expensive? Well, some foods are truly expensive, like fresh yogurt and some fruits like kiwis and strawberries. Look on the bright side, there are other foods that are healthy but are easily accessible and cheap.

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The problem with healthy eating is that you have to prepare it yourself. Why? Restaurants and fast food chains do not serve healthy foods or healthy alternatives. One reason for this is that it is easier to deep fry chicken, rather than mixing up sauces and chopping vegetables for your healthy garden salad. Grease and oil also help in making the food easier to prepare, and they greatly enhance the flavor of the food. These are the main reasons why fast food chains only serve greasy food.

How to eat healthy on a budget? It is easy. First, you have to know what healthy foods are. Then, you must incorporate these foods into your daily diet. Come to think of it, healthy foods are in plain sight and are readily available, not to mention accessible. The following foods can be found in your local fresh market: fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, lean meats, and other natural foods, as these can be very cheap.

Making these healthy and delicious at the same time it is all about how you prepare the ingredients. Avoid deep frying and using a lot of unhealthy oils, and avoid using sauces that are high in sugar and salt. It is how you cook the food that makes it healthy. Also, eating a lot of fresh fruits and veggies that are readily available in the market is one of the ways to eat healthy.

The secret in buying fresh fruits and vegetables that are cheap is to make sure that the fruit or vegetable you are about to buy is natural and in season. If the fruit or vegetable is in season, you can make sure that it is natural with no fertilizers added, since the fruits or vegetables are in the prime of their growth. When these foods are in season chances are the market will be filled with them. With the law of supply and demand the prices are going to drop like a rock. It is just a matter of choosing the one that is in season, and you are in for healthy, delicious and cheap meals.

The following are some foods that are healthy, cheap and delicious.

Brown rice - if you eat white rice, then brown rice is a healthier alternative. It may be a bit more expensive compared to white varieties, but brown rice contains more fiber, which will keep you full longer.

Whole wheat pasta - this is a very good alternative to pasta, and it contains added fiber.

Whole wheat bread - white bread has about as few nutrients as you can think of, but the whole wheat varieties contain more protein and fiber. There is also not much different in taste compared to white bread.

Frozen vegetables - frozen vegetables are not much different than fresh ones. The nutrients are still there, and the protein and fibers are still present.

Follow these tips for healthy eating on a budget.

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  • I think these are all wonderful tips on eating healthy! I love a good smoothie.
  • Rata says
    I think you do have to be inventive when eating healthy! So the tips are a great springboard to getting ideas and incentive.
  • I'm constantly shocked by the state of some overweight customer's trolleys at the supermarket. Fill of white bread, coke, pies, blue milk, chips etc. It is hideous. How much effort to change to brown bread, diet coke (if needs must!), fruit, trim milk etc. Little changes can make a big difference. Their poor kids are doomed.
    • jea525 says
      There's absolutely nothing wrong with Blue milk in fact if anything it is healthier for you despite what some diet plans say. We need natural fats in our diets, our entire body and cell matrix is made of lipid (Scientific term for fat), we need them for cell regeneration to name only one example and diet coke is worse for you then normal coke as unnatural sugar substitutes cause cancer and have been proven to be worse for you then sugar. Apart from that I agree with your comment.
    • ama2008 says
      For the price of a combo at any leading fast food place, you could easily buy for example, a can of tuna, several pieces of vege/fruit, some rice or pasta and bread...with something left over for a sweet treat or fruit juice. definietely a better choice!
    • shopping says
      Man after reading this I am so happy that I live rural and we are able to have a large vegetable garden and our own meat. We have takeaways around once a month which shocks some people lol. When we lived in town a few years ago we fell into the trap of buying alot of takeaways and picking during the day on not so good foods and since living here and living pretty much off the land you notice a huge difference to your apperance and confidence also, I dont think I could ever go back to living that way again. This article is very interesting read that would be helpful to many.
    • jea525 says
      Agree you can eat healthy on a budget glad to see these tips, I'm as broke as broke can be and can't afford to eat unhealthily if I want to so it annoys me when people say that its too expensive to eat healthily and eat junk food all the time. I would actually starve and could only afford potatoes if it wasn't for my local farmers market. Meat however is too expensive, I'm not a vegetarian by choice :(
    • Heidi says
      I think one point that was missed in the article is that if you want to shop cheap and healthy you should buy your fruit and vege from a fruit and vege shop or a farmers market instead of the supermarket. It's generally a bit cheaper and if you buy from a farmers market it will often be fresher. Same goes for meat, if you go to the butcher the meat is usually cheaper and if they are having a discount on certain products you can buy extra and freeze it so you have meat for a few weeks.
      Other than that though this has some good points. There really is no reason people have to eat rubbish all the time.
    • jewellnz says
      yes it really is not that hard to eat healthy, and make lifestyle changes, sometimes it can be cheaper to buy your fruit at the orchards,especially if you want to pick berries and have fun doing it as well,pop them in the freezer for later use or whip up a healthy smoothie or some low fat muffins,shopping around is the way to go,you can still enjoy your treats, just find ways to omit the amount of sugars and fats and make alternative recipes, which taste just as good,you can use lite custard instead of sour cream, to make muffins,there are limitless ways to enjoy healthy food options.
    • KH says
      Good tips that we all need at the moment I'd say!

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