“I know I need to eat better, but honestly I don’t have the time or the money to buy and prepare healthy meals right now.”
Have you ever thought this or said it to someone? It is a very common thing to hear. I mean, compared to the low price of giant bags of Cheetos or a bunch of frozen pizzas, it feels like you have to be rich to eat healthy foods.
Eating more whole foods like vegetables doesn’t have to bankrupt you. Here are some tips on keeping costs both costs and calories low.
1. Save On Store Deals
Don’t miss out on sales that make healthy foods much cheaper. Especially “Buy One Get One” offers. When these come up on healthy foods you can really stock up. Check online ads and choose where you will shop based on vegetable and lean meat sales.
2. Freeze All That Extra Food You Bought On Sale
Don’t let good food go bad. When you stock up on those deals and are worried about the produce or meats going bad before you have a chance to use it freeze some of it to eat later. Frozen vegetables can be used in foods like casseroles or soups and frozen fruits are perfect for smoothies. And buying meats when they’re on sale so you have them whenever needed is a big money saver.
3. Take Advantage Of Store Brand Foods
Don’t be tied to name brand foods. Some people have a really hard time with this, but if you’re trying to keep costs low you really should capitalize on the generic brands of foods. They are almost always significantly cheaper.
4. Buy Frozen, Canned, and Fresh Foods
Don’t look down on canned or frozen fruits and vegetables. Canned or frozen veggies can be both less expensive and easier to prepare than always buying fresh. Figure out which veggies you really like fresh and which are just fine frozen or canned.
5. Organic Food Is Not Required For Weight Loss
Don’t force yourself to buy organic. I can understand if this is important to some of you for other reasons, but when it comes to weight loss organic definitely does not mean lower calories. So if you are spending a fortune on organic but only because it seems healthier and you are trying to lose weight it isn’t necessary. Save some money and don’t get too concerned over buzzwords like organic stuck all over food labels to get your attention.
6. Don’t Mix Up Quantity and Quality
Doesn’t it make sense that you might pay more for foods that help your body by being low in calories and high in nutrients compared to foods that don’t do any good or even harm your body, even if you get more of that bad food? Plus you don’t need as much of the healthy foods. Veggies that are high in fiber will make you feel full much faster than something like a frozen pizza. So even though it feels like you’re paying much more for this healthy food, it won’t take as much to satisfy you.
7. Remember That Long-Term, Being Healthy is Cheaper
By not making healthy nutrition choices you increase your risk of obesity, which can lead to many health problems such as heart diseases, some forms of cancer, dementia, and diabetes.
According to The State Of Obesity (https://stateofobesity.org/obesity-rates-trends-overview/ )
-Obese adults spend 42 percent more on direct healthcare costs than adults who are a healthy weight.
-Per capita healthcare costs for severely or morbidly obese adults (BMI >40) are 81 percent higher than for healthy weight adults.
-The obesity crisis costs our nation more than $150 billion in healthcare costs annually
Your body and the bodies of the people you may be responsible for feeding are worth investing in! While there is a cost to choosing healthy foods, it doesn’t have to be a fortune. Start trying out some of these strategies, and ways to think about healthy eating, so you can add more vegetables, fruits, and other whole foods into your diet on your budget.
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About The Author:
Jordan Barnard is an online personal trainer who can work with you from anywhere in the world so you can get into the best shape of your life. Jordan is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Kennesaw State University. Check out Jordan’s website: http://jordanbarnard.com/home