How to eat healthy on a budget | A Hint of Rose: How to eat healthy on a budget

5.3.16

How to eat healthy on a budget

How to eat healthy on a budget | A Hint of Rose How to eat healthy on a budget | A Hint of Rose

Eating healthy can be a real challenge when we don't know where to start, it's very easy to get lost by all those informations. One of the biggest challenges is to respect your budget, because yes, eating healthy can be expensive. However, don't worry, it's still possible to eat healthy without breaking the bank.


1. BE PREPARED

Making a list is super important if you want to respect your budget, even if you don't want to eat healthy. Go take a look at your pantry and your fridge, note what you need and stick to it! It's very easy to be tempted by a special price once you're at the supermarket, but you have to be strict with yourself if you want to stay healthy.

2. FORGET ABOUT PROCESSED FOOD | COOK YOURSELF

Cook everything might seem impossible, but honestly it's not. You don't need to make complicated meals to eat healthy (this is often the opposite!). Also, cooking yourself is much cheaper than buying pre-made meals, and it means that you can control all the ingredients you put in your meal (sugar, salt, spices, fat, etc.) and thus you can avoid chemicals.

Another small tip, if you don't have much time during the week to cook, you can prepare as much as possible during the weekend, and thus you'll only have to warm up at the last moment.

 3. BUY IN BULK

Buying in bulk will allow you to save a lot of money. For example, if you buy a big bag of 2 kg of oatmeal, it will cost less than those individual bags, or you can buy a whole brick of cheese for much cheaper than the already grated one.

4. BE CURIOUS

Sometimes, a little research can make a big difference. We always look at the weekly special prices and compare them from one supermarket to another. It's not a big time-consuming task, but sometimes, you'll have one product at a special price in two different stores, but not the same price, so it may worth the cost to check the circular every week.

5. RETHINK YOUR MEAT CONSUMPTION

The western society is a huge consumer of meat. However, eating too much meat, especially red meat, can increase the risks of some diseases, and also have a lot of impacts on the environment, and on your budget because meat is expensive. You can, for example, choose to eat less meat during the week, maybe just a few days a week instead of every day, or you can choose to buy certain pieces of meat that are less expensive (buying the whole chicken will be less expensive than buying just the breasts). By reducing the costs on this side, you will be able to select a better quality (organic, free range, local, etc.).

If I take my own example, we buy around 1 or 2 pieces of meat every week, but we make a point to only choose organic meat.

6. BUY LOCAL AND IN-SEASON PRODUCTS

Local products are usually less expensive when they are in season. It's also at this time that they are the most nutritious and tasty. When products are not in season, they are transported from another country (and the transport can be long sometimes) and lose some of their flavour and their nutrients. From an environmental point of view, transportation rejects a lot of greenhouse gases, contributing to global warming. From a social point of view, when you import a product, you don't really know the condition of work of employees, and you don't know the law about pesticides, antibiotics, and other chemicals in this country. Finally, when you buy local, you are not dependent on the weather (fires, droughts, etc.) and the economy (crisis, war, etc. ) of other countries. By buying locally and in season, you'll have the control of the quality of the product you buy and you'll encourage local farmers (and thus the economy) from your region.

7. BUY FROZEN

If you live in California or in the South of France, you may not have this problem, fresh fruits and vegetables are available over a long period of the year. Fruits and vegetables are frozen very early, so they keep all their nutritional properties, so buying frozen fruits and vegetables is better because you have more nutrients and because it's cheaper.

8. GROW YOUR OWN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Ok, this solution might not be for everyone, but honestly even if you cultivate herbs you'll save money. With a bit of time and efforts you'll be able to save a LOT of money (seeds are very cheap) and you'll be able to avoid pesticides, insecticides and other chemicals.

Obviously, when you have a strict budget, you'll have to compromise because you can't do everything. But every small action is important and will have an impact on your budget, on your health, but also on your environment and even on your local economy!

And you, do you have any tips to be healthy on a budget? Let me know in the comments below, I will be so happy to try them!

Marjorie

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