Not a fun word, yet recently, a friend cleverly defined it & my interpretation changed:
And yes, healthy eating is expensive; well, let’s say it can be because below are some true ways to bring the healthy into your fridge and pantry when on a budget.
1. Grocery Shop Once a Week.
This may take time so be good and gentle to yourself. We tend to spend more money when we go to the grocery store multiple times a week. To make a this change, move onto number two and know that it will be worth it.
2. Yup, You Need to Plan.
This is where I faulter; I rarely bring a shopping list to the store. I know, silly, especially because when I do, I am so happy I did: not only do I spend less money but less time.
My suggestion: when you have a free moment ( even during commercials), create a note on your phone. On this note, make a staple food list of meals and snacks. It’s a good easy way to begin. Go back and add to the list every time someone mentions a new recipe to try or you stumbled on on the web.
3. Shop the Perimeter of the Store
I have spoken about this in the past; It’s smart – not my idea but when I read about it years ago, I couldn’t help but think, brilliant!
The perimeter of the store is where you find all the whole food produce: fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and breads. In the middle aisles, you will find processed and can foods plus the frozen. The middle is not always so scary and bad, yet it is a place where you can bust the budget so try not to spend too much time here.
4. Meatless Mondays
On these days, cooking just might be a little easier: beans and rice ( tacos!), salad, quinoa – there are a lot of option. Click here for some ideas.
5. Eat at Home
I like going out. And I have a friend who adores going out. Not so much for the food part but the fact she doesn’t have to cook or clean. I like the food part, though.
However, cooking at home is healthier and cheaper; you know what is in your food plus it will cost way less. We have some fun cooking videos that might inspire you … or the kiddos to get into the kitchen.
In Your Best Health
PS I highly suggest never shopping on an empty stomach either.