Friday, March 5, 2010

Eating Healthy on a Budget

One of the most common excuses out there for not eating a healthy diet is that it is more expensive. Here is a great video from MSNBC with tips on how to eat healthy on a budget.

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A few things to remember:
  1. Buy Fruit and Veggies that are in Season - Here is a great website that list out the seasonal fruits and veggies by the month. Seasonal Fruits and Veggies
  2. Purchase Fruits, Veggies and other Healthy Items in Bulk - The bags of oranges and apples are the grocery store cost less than buying the individual fruit.
  3. Eat at Home - Preparing a meal at home with cost you a lot less than getting it at a restaurant and you can control the amount of fat and calories you put in the dish.
  4. Leftovers - These are a wonder for you budget. Leftovers from the night before can save you a significant amount of money over a fast food drive-thru meal.
  5. Protein - We all know that this can be the most expensive item we buy at the store. Stock up when it is on sale and freeze. Try buying a whole chicken which is cheaper than the boneless chicken breast and you can get multiple healthy meals out of it. The roast chicken one night, a chicken sandwich, and some chicken soup.
  6. Buy Frozen - Frozen fruits and veggies are frozen at peck freshness and are significantly cheaper than their fresh counterpart.
  7. Buy Large Containers Rather Than Individual - The large container of plain yogurt is cheaper than the individual containers of the flavored variety. Add a little frozen fruit and you have a cheaper and healthier option with less added sugar.
  8. Plan Ahead & Make a Menu - The number one way to save on your grocery budget is to plan you meals ahead for the week. Then make your list for the store and stick to it.
Hope these types help you to eat healthy and slim down your waistline but not your wallet.


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