How To Eat Healthy Without Breaking the Bank
Make that New Year's resolution to eat healthier into a reality.
One of the most popular New Year's resolutions is to live a healthier lifestyle. So you make a grocery list that only includes superfoods and green things. Then, you get to the cash register and have a heart attack when your total is more than your car payment.
You're not alone. Plenty of diets have ended because of the increased grocery bill. That's not too far off, because a box of 8 hot pockets costs the same as one Naked smoothie.
But we're here to tell you that you can, and will, start living that healthier lifestyle without breaking the bank.
Don't fall for the scam that you need twelve different kinds of lettuce in your salad. Simplify recipes, especially if you can use one ingredient in several different dishes.
Planning ahead and sticking to simple recipes go hand in hand. Pick out your recipes ahead of time so that you don't overspend at the store, know which ingredients can spread between recipes, and fix your meals beforehand so that you don't get lazy and grab the easy meal.
Fresh fruits and veggies are great, but they go bad quickly. This can cause you to waste food, which will cost you more in the long run. Veggies should be out in the open with holes in their containers. Most fruit should be stored on the counter top. Don't store fruits and veggies in the same place, because chemistry will cause them to get overripe. Wash greens, dry them, wrap them in a paper towel, and store them in a Ziploc.
Don't buy into the trend that organic is better. It costs more, but you're getting the same product.
If you think that frozen fruits and veggies aren't as healthy as fresh, you're wrong! They are cheaper and most are frozen at their peak of freshness, so they still pack a health punch.
If you shop smart, rotisserie chicken is cheap. Plus, it's much yummier than frozen chicken and doesn't take as long to fix as raw chicken.
Eggs are cheap AND healthy. Use them to bulk up any recipe or have them as a standalone meal. Either way, you get loads of protein and Omega 3's.
Besides dairy, this method works for just about anything. Freeze ingredients until you find a recipe to use them in. If there is a sale on strawberries, load up on them and freeze the extras. That way, you can leave them off of your grocery list for a few weeks and save some dough.