Do you think that healthy foods are expensive? They can be if you do not have the right simple strategies in place!
Your overall goal is to buy inexpensive foods that still are nutrient dense and that support optimal health. So how do we do this?
Success in any endeavor starts with a plan. Before you go to the store, make out a list. Everything starts with a plan.
- Make a list of what you need.
- Do not go grocery shopping hungry.
- Buy only what is on your list and then leave.
Stop buying Junk: All processed foods, sugary sodas, snacks, white breads, and desserts etc. These items are expensive and create inflammation in the body which will eventually lead to health issues.
The key is to buy whole foods. Unprocessed foods are cheaper and more nutritious than processed foods. They also give you total control over the ingredients. Most anything that comes in a box should be avoided as it is likely processed.
Stop making meat the central focus of every meal. A couple of days a week look to beans, lentils, chick-peas, and eggs as the central high protein theme. These are generally inexpensive and considered super foods.
Other protein examples are: Lean ground turkey, frozen chicken breast, canned tuna, liver, cottage cheese, plain yogurt.
Chicken is the way to go for high quality protein and is often a bargain compared to other proteins. To save even more money, buy your chicken whole and then separate the chicken parts for future meals. Remember too, that chicken liver is very healthy and inexpensive.
Rethink canned tuna. Fresh and frozen fish is often expensive. Tuna in a can is a wonderful alternative to create meals with. Make sure to rinse water-packed tuna. Remember to also ask your fish monger what the ‘catch of the day’ is as these tend to be less expensive than the other cuts.
Remember fruits and vegetables! Frozen fruits and veggies are often half the price of fresh. Frozen foods have an exceptionally long shelf life when kept in freezer. Also, you can buy frozen fruits and veggies in bulk to get more of a discount. Fruits and veggies are expensive out of season, but frozen choices are nutrient dense and most are considered super foods. For example, frozen peas and carrots clearly can be just as healthy, if not more healthy than the fresh produce that has hung around in the supermarket food distribution chains for a week. Why? Because they are flash frozen. Frozen fruits and vegetables also save time as they are prepared for use. You can also purchase fresh in-season fruits and veggies and then freeze them.
Buy Bulk. It is always a good idea to buy non-perishable items, such as dried beans, grains, and canned foods, in bulk.
Buy Generic Food. Buy the store brands to eat healthier on the cheap. Choose raw foods like brown rice, whole grain pasta, eggs, milk, cottage cheese, frozen fruits and veggies. This will save you money on packaging & advertising.
Remember, healthy eating habits will save you money in the long run by preventing the costly effects of ill health.
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By Lori L. Shemek, Ph.D.
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