It is not uncommon knowledge that healthy food is generally more expensive. From ripe, organic fruits and vegetables to fresh meats, cheeses, and grains, fresh foods packed with nutrients your body needs might be hard for you to justify.
Everyone has experienced the necessities of a busy schedule, and have fallen victim to the snacks at a corner store or fast foods. Even for the people who understand that they are not getting the nutrients that they need from frozen and highly-processed meals, they oftentimes will continue in their ways for one reason: it is easy and it is fast.
Eating at Home is Easy:
It only takes a few minutes to prepare and cook healthy alternatives. However, it is just as easy to be apathetic about cooking when you do not have the inspiration or the ideas to create something that is appetizing.
Here are 5 tips and tricks you need for eating healthy on budget:
- Buy Local:
Oftentimes, when you buy from a local food system, or from locally sourced food, the vegetables, fruits, and meats are actually a lot cheaper than what is offered at chain grocery stores.If you are fortunate to live in an area where your local grocer sources their food from local growers, then make sure you take advantage of your fruits, vegetables, and meats. Eating foods from Walmart are especially bad, since most of their food comes from china.
- Eggs, Eggs, and More Eggs:
Eggs are a great food to incorporate into your breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Eggs are cheap and can be locally bought. While locally bought eggs tend to be slightly more expensive, you can really taste the difference between eggs locally sourced and those mass produced in warehouses. It has been scientifically proven that hens who are exposed to sunlight and nature create more nutrient-dense eggs, which in turn are better for you.Eggs are also quick to cook and very versatile (click here for a video on cooking eggs).
- Oats, Berries, and Yogurt:
Oats mixed with yogurt and fruit is one of my favorite snacks of all times. I have a terrible sweet tooth and whenever I am craving something that is not good for me, I pull out whatever fruit I have laying around, mix in some oats, and plain yogurt. If you do not have a lot of time in the morning, preparing ahead of time a mixture of oats, yogurt, and fruit is a great, energizing, morning boost. Some of my favorite fruits to add include: pineapple, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, pomegranates, and bananas.Plain yogurt or Greek yogurt have less sugar than most yogurt brands, which have a lot of sugar, and are a better alternative for nutrients and weight loss. (Click here for a list of the most nutrient-packed fruits to add to your snack or breakfast). If you cannot afford fresh fruits, which are more expensive, try adding frozen berries!
- Flour Tortillas:
While tortillas are not the obvious first choice, they are another great option for someone who is looking to create food quickly, and on a budget. You can create wraps, “pizzas,” and all sorts of different creations with flour or corn tortillas. They are not a whole lot of calories, and can be dressed up to make them different and nutrient-packed each time.Add spinach, kale, tomatoes, onions, cheese, and beans, throw it under the broiler on high and you have yourself a “Hispanic pizza” in five minutes or less. Add chicken, steak, tofu, beans, or your favorite fish.
- Prepare Ahead of Time:
It is easy to fall out of the habit of eating healthy or nutrient-rich food when it takes a long time to prepare. The task of creating a meal becomes frustrating and time-consuming when you have a busy life, but there are some quick ways to fix that.Chop up ingredients ahead of time. Make sure that you buy small containers for you to chop up onions, peppers, fruits, spinach, and other ingredients to allow you to easily access a wide array of nutrients (plus that helps to keep you from getting bored of your meals). Make sure that you only chop up enough for a few days in advanced, since fresh foods go bad quickly.Here are 7 meals you can make ahead of time:
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