Healthy Eating On A BUdget

Eating healthy doesn't have to break the bank

DAILY TIPS

Tip #3 - Shop the perimeter of the store, not the aisles

You have probably heard this one before, but I feel like it is so important to include! The perimeter of the store contains whole foods that are healthier for you to eat but they are generally thought to be the most expensive foods in the store. That doesn't have to be the case, though, as you can often find ways to save money here. There is the obvious thing such as looking for sale items and comparing different types/brands (take apples for example: a Honeycrisp apple is DELICIOUS but it may be more budget friendly to purchase a Fuji apple on a regular basis for half the price with 80% of the delicious taste). Less obvious things to look for each week would be "quick sale markdowns" that either have money off stickers or are on a quick sale produce cart. If you are planning to cook with those items within a few days, why not get them at a discount? They are usually perfectly fine and just on their last few days. There are also markdowns like these often in the meat department (first thing in the morning or late at night) and if we aren't able to cook the meat immediately, we will freeze it for a later date.


Tip #4 - Expand your culinary horizons

Oftentimes, meals that originate from other countries and can be cheaper AND healthier. Every Tuesday, we have some form of Taco Tuesday. I know what you're thinking - tacos? Most of the times we end up making fajitas, Chipotle inspired burrito bowls or a cheesy taco skillet and we have a few tortilla chips on the side. Instead of making the starchy carb be the star of the show, we focus on flavorful vegetables like red onions and bell peppers. Indian food can also be a budget friendly choice with options like rice and chickpeas.

HEALTHY LIVING TIP

Drinking water acts like an appetite suppressant, keeps you hydrated, helps flush out toxins, and is a calorie-free drink.


Are you drinking enough water each day? To calculate how much water you need to drink daily, divide your weight in half and drink that many ounces. If you have a hard time drinking that much, you can do some fun add-ins like lemon/lime, berries, mint, basil, etc. I love drinking from a water bottle with a straw as it helps me to drink faster which usually results in drinking more and filling it back up often. What are your favorite tips for drinking plenty of water?
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