How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
“But it’s too expensive to eat healthy!”
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that, I’d be driving a Tesla.
Here’s my response:
1. Your health is not an expense, it’s an investment. And an investment that is SO WORTH it.
2. That daily $8 dollar fancy mocha-frap is pretty expensive too. (Not too mention pretty unhealthy).
3. You don’t have to break the bank on nourishing foods, it’s totally possible to eat healthy on a budget!
Here are 8 ways you can save and still live your healthiest life:
1. Get a Costco Membership. Seriously, it’s a life saver and well worth it. If you can summon the willpower to walk past those giant muffins and read ingredient labels you’ll actually find some nutritious bulk food options. Check out our Instagram Nutrition Highlights or @kellycul Costco Finds Highlights for wholesome options.
2. Shop Seasonally. In season produce will typically be on sale and have a higher nutrient content. Pro Tip: Buy your favorite produce when it’s in season and freeze it to use later!
3. Take Advantage of Weekly Deals. Do your research then plan your grocery list and meals accordingly. For example chicken breast, avocados, peppers, onions, and asparagus are on sale. Boom- stir fry for dinner!
4. Buy Frozen. Organic is preferable as these will have higher nutrient value. Bonus- they’ll last longer! Pro Tip: Costco has a wide variety of organic frozen vegetables.
5. Splurge Smartly. If you can fork over a little more money, prioritize buying high quality, organic grass-fed meats and pasture raised eggs. If you can spend a little more opt for organic produce. You can check out my blog on why and what to buy organic here. Pro Tip: Sign up for a monthly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box to save on organic produce and support local farmers. You’ll get reasonably priced organic produce that’s not “pretty” enough to sell in stores. Plus it’s a great way to try new vegetables and give back to your community.
6. Meal Plan and Prep. (Use tip #3) This helps you stay on track, not waste food, and prevents you from buying necessary food items. Stick to your list. Stick to your plan. Check out my blog here for some tips on meal prepping like a boss.
7. Organize Your Fridge and Pantry. Aka Marie Kondo that ish. Organize in a way that allows you to clearly see all the food you have, that way none goes to waste. Package food so you can see it (glass Tupperware is king) that way you know exactly how many chicken breasts you have left and can properly meal plan etc. Label leftovers and foods in the freezer with a date to eat or use by. Pro Tip: Bigger cuts of uncooked frozen meats need be used within 4 months, while cooked meats need to be used within 3 months.
8. Kitchen Sink Meal. Aka chop and throw all your leftovers into a pan and sauté away. No waste and great taste.
Invest in your health. You can’t expect to feel like a million bucks if you eat from the dollar menu. Use these tips to save some cash and make your health last.
Want some help from a pro to learn how to invest in your health? Click below to get started with Kelly today!
Kelly Phu, Tucson Nutrition Coach
Bachelor of Science Nutrition, Dietetics Emphasis
Being actively involved in the health and fitness industry for over 8 years, Kelly has the knowledge and experience to help others achieve their goals no matter what their stage of life or level of ability. Kelly encourages clients to reach outside of their comfort zones to grow physically and mentally. Kelly loves helping others to find their strength, accomplish their goals, and lead better lives.