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How to Shop Healthy on a Budget (Part 1)

By Debt.ca on September 4, 2013 No Comments

Having to manage a tight budget may make eating healthy seem like an impossible thing to do. With the cost of organic food more than double the standard, it may make the world of healthy eating seem too far beyond what is affordable.

Luckily, though, there is an entire world out there waiting for you to explore it. With some clever planning on your part and learning your way around your local supermarket, you and your family will be able to eat as healthy as you want.

Think in Larger Terms

Some of the most basic ingredients that you’ll be using are things that you most likely already consume on a weekly basis. What we are doing now is simply learning how to apply what you are already used to into helpful information for both your health and bank account.

Instead of giving in to day-to-day wants and needs, try to alter your perception to keeping in mind that everything you purchase will ideally last you a week, two, or maybe even a month, depending on the product. It may be difficult to get out of the habit of planning things daily, but it will definitely be worth it in the long run.

Don’t Be Intimidated By the Kitchen

A common reason for why buying food good for not only your body, but also your mind, seems impossible boils down to not being able to identify which foods are worth it and which are best to avoid. This is perfectly normal and not at all something to be uncomfortable about. It is something that can easily be fixed. This knowledge is one of the most important points for your new grocery shopping endeavors, considering it sets a needed foundation for the limitless possibilities your kitchen is going to adopt.

When learning the majority of what to purchase, it’s important to keep in mind that there will have to be some basic cooking involved. However, do not let this intimidate you. No matter how much of a beginner you may be in the kitchen, every step involved in learning how to eat healthy is do-able. It will benefit you for literally decades to come. It’s definitely worth the investment!

Becoming Familiar with Healthy Staples

There are literally a thousand different recipes that can be made and invented with a little bit of clever planning, all using the main ingredients discussed here that are going to become the foundation of your weekly grocery shopping.

Instead of buying frozen chicken patties, go to the butcher at your local supermarket and ask for a whole chicken. This bird can easily last you over a week and be used in a variety of meals-when it comes down to it, you are getting a significant bang for your buck, not to mention great protein.

Next comes a food that is overlooked to the point where its nutrient density may come as a shock-beans. An extremely cheap staple, beans of all kinds offer a wide spectrum of benefits, whether you are looking to get in better shape or simply need some fiber in your diet.

Dairies are a bit of a tricky area to get into, notably because of how expensive they are notorious for being. That said, we are going to fall back on the wonder of what chickens can provide-eggs. The cheapest option in the dairy department, eggs are a wonderful protein that can offer a quick, healthy breakfast. In the same department, oats are also a wise purchase.

What to Stay Away From

At all costs, avoid the frozen food meals. They are not healthy and not at all worth the price that they are sold for. Keep in mind that frozen fruits and vegetables are a great alternate to fresh ingredients, if there is not a local farmer’s market in your area.

It is also recommended to stay away from packaged foods. You can cook a much healthier alternative at a cheaper price, even if the initial costs do not come off that way. Nothing compares to the home cooked meals that you can create, both in value and nutrients.

Learning the world of healthy food on nickels and dimes may seem unattainable, but keeping these pointers in mind will offer you invaluable benefits the next time you plan your supermarket visit. Even if you are only saving $25 a week by shopping this way, not only are you providing better food for you and your family, but that’s $100 more you didn’t have before that can be applied to any bills that you have.

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