Eating healthy is something that a lot of us want to do, but it’s also something that a lot of us don’t think we can afford. After all, the reason impoverished cities within America are known for their high obesity rates is because fast food and junk food are often cheaper than organic foods or wholefoods. Not to fear, though, because we here at Germ have some awesome tips for healthy eating on a budget!
1. Frozen veggies are cheaper than fresh veggies, and they’re picked at their peak ripeness and then frozen, meaning that they are extremely nutrient dense. There is a common misconception that frozen veggies are not as healthy, and this is simply not true!
2. Kale and leafy greens are ultimate super foods that are also super cheap!
3. Cabbage, Broccoli, Spinach, and Carrots are also very affordable.
4. Local farmers markets often have great deals on fruits and veggies.
5. Eggs are super great protein and are also inexpensive. Hard boil them and toss them in a salad or eat them for breakfast.
6. While chicken and turkey usually seem to have better deals, don’t discount beef. Buying fattier cuts can give you a great deal. “How is fat healthy?” Well, dietary fat is not an enemy! Processed fats are the fats that are bad for you, but a little bit of healthy fat from a cow is necessary to a balanced diet.
7. Canned tuna is a cheap and surprisingly great form of protein.
8. Other great forms of cheap protein include quinoa, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and legumes.
9. When in doubt, a big tub of protein powder can be a great breakfast or lunch substitution!
10. Fruits can be expensive. Your best bet is watermelon, bananas, plums, pears, cantaloupe, apricots, kiwis, and nectarines.
11. Don’t count out dried fruit! Although they’re high in sugar, bulk dried fruit can have great nutritional value.
12. Oats are a great, inexpensive source of proteins and carbs, filled with important vitamins and minerals.
13. Whole milk is the least expensive form of milk, and when drunk in moderation, it can make a good calcium option.
14. Avocados are also great in moderation. Too much is fattening, but the right amount can help you pack in the nutrients.
15. Sweet potatoes have a better nutritional value than normal potatoes, and they’re usually cheaper!
16. Olive oil is another great source of good fat that is also cheap.
17. Almonds in bulk make a great healthy and economically-efficient snack!
Another few tips: When going to the grocery store, have a plan and stick to it! Never go shopping when you’re hungry, or you’ll want to buy more. Keep the majority of your calories to protein and fat, and limit your carbs and grains. Eating healthy may be a challenge, but with a set plan, you’ll be on your way to a healthier you!