It is officially New Year’s resolution time, and for a lot of people, that means setting a goal to shed some pounds. In 2015, 38% of resolutions were related to weight. Considering only 8% of people achieve their resolutions, that means there are an awful lot who give up. With weight-related resolutions, I think a big reason for that is due to cost.
I hear all the time that eating healthy is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! It’s possible to change your eating habits for the better without breaking the bank. You just have to know how to go about it. We’re here to help!
5 Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget
1.Know where and when to shop.
Take the time to go through grocery store circulars and plan your recipes for the week around what is on sale. If you find a really good sale on chicken breasts or a roast (or find meat that is reduced for quick sale), buy an extra package or two and put them in the freezer. It’s also important to plan ahead on produce purchases, because while produce can be a huge drain on your grocery budget, it is a key component of healthy eating. Buying produce in season will save you money and will also help you find ingredients that will be delicious! Also read my post on
2. Use grocery-saving apps.
If you’re not yet using money saving apps, you’re missing out on cash back! With many of these apps, you can get money back on produce, meats, and other healthy foods. Take a look before you shop and add to your list those items that are healthy and will give you a good return.
3. Find solid recipe staples.
Depriving yourself is never fun, so make sure you have several recipes in your arsenal that will give you all the flavor and significantly less fat and calories than the original. Check out this delicious and simple BBQ Baked Breaded Chicken, these yummy Crockpot Chicken Tacos, or these Beef Tips and Rice. Your taste buds (and family) will thank you!
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4. Meal prep on the weekend and freeze.
Lack of preparation is the biggest challenge toward eating well. If you make the effort to meal prep on the weekends, you’ll have lunches and dinners ready to go for the week. With your healthy meals already made, you will be able to fight the temptation to splurge on quick fixes that are not good for you. A great way to meal prep is Crockpot freezer meals – they are healthy, simple, and delicious! How to Freeze Foods to Save you Money.
5. Set aside money for eating out and stick to your budget.
Eating out has become common place, and can be bad for both your budget and your waistline. If you set aside money in your budget for one meal out a week (breakfast on the weekend or a lunch with your family), and force yourself to stick to that budgeted amount, you’ll find that your one meal out a week will not be stopping at an unhealthy drive-through on the way home from work. You’ll save your budget for a meal out with your family where you’ll find food is of higher quality and nutritional value.
Eating Healthy on a Budget Grocery List is easier than you think.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean your grocery budget doubles. If you know how and when to shop and prepare your meals, you and your family will be on the right track toward healthier eating in no time!