How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Eating healthy on a budget can be difficult, so here are some tips to help you out!

By Nicole Mattox

1.) Buy in Season.

Almost all of the time foods that are currently in season are going to be cheaper. It is always smart to check out what foods are in season now and find recipes that will work them in. Some fruits in season right now are, Apples, Avocados, Kiwi, lemons, limes and strawberries.

2.) Plan your Meals in Advance.

It is always easier to write out a list before you go to the store. Shopping on the spot can be dangerous, especially if you’re hungry! Make a list, and make sure you stick to it. It is easier to get healthy ingredients when you think about what you intend to make beforehand. You can also plan around the prices by checking them online to make sure you stick to your budget!

3.) Buy in Bulk.

A lot of times bulk items can come a lot cheaper. Make sure you only buy as much as you will use though, you don’t want your food to go bad. For example if you buy meat in bulk make sure you cook what you want for the day and freeze the rest immediately. Putting them in portion sized baggies is also helpful to keep you eating healthy portion sizes.

4.) Drink Water Instead of Sugary Drinks.

Water is so much less expensive and less unhealthy than any sugary drinks. This includes juice and soda. Invest in a water filter for your home so you won’t have to even buy the water bottles. This will do wonders for your skin and you will not be drinking your calories away.

5.) Make Enough for Leftovers!

Make enough food so that you can continue to eat it throughout the week. Make sure you don’t eat too much in one serving though. After you’re done cooking, portion out the food you want to eat that day and put the rest in the fridge for later in the week. This is a great way to save money in the long run.

Here are some healthy foods you can buy for cheap!

  • Pinto Beans

  • Black beans

  • Eggs

  • Almonds

  • Chicken breasts

  • Tofu

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Yogurt

  • Cottage cheese

  • Milk

  • Grapes

  • Watermelon

  • Bananas

  • Kiwi

  • Apples

  • Garlic

  • Onions

  • Carrots

  • Winter squash

  • Kale

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Edamame