Eating healthy on a budget could be difficult especially after the Holidays. The following are some tips to make it possible.
- Buy fresh produce when it is in season and freeze it
Eating fresh produce is great, but buying fresh produce off-season could be super expensive. Only buy what is currently on season.
- Look for sales and plan meals accordingly
If your local store provides a saving-card make sure you sign up for it and check the weekly circular to see what’s on sale.
- Try less expensive cuts of meat and enjoy different cooking methods
For example, baking your chicken or pork.
- Eat more whole grains and legumes
Legumes are healthy and inexpensive. They will fill you up with fiber and protein.
- Plan your meals ahead
It is easy and convenient to always have something ready in your refrigerator and it helps to minimize waste.
- Broaden your horizons
Try different cuisines. Indian and Mexican cuisines rely on inexpensive ingredients. Mediterranean cuisine relies more on vegetables.
- Keep an organized fridge and pantry
This could help you to avoid waste. Make sure the newest products are always on the back. If you freeze your meals make sure you periodically go through your freezer and eat what you have in there.
- Re-purpose leftovers
Instead of eating the same meal from yesterday try to create new recipes using your leftovers. Look for recipes online.
- Go to the farmers market at the end of the day
In some areas you might find great deals if you go to the farmers market an hour before they closed.
- Shop in different supermarkets
Compare prices and look for the best deal.