5 Smart Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

You don’t have to be a millionaire to eat healthy.

True, healthy meals can be expensive. However, you don’t need a thousand dollars for you to eat a healthy meal seven days a week. You can still afford to eat nutritious and luxurious meals without spending your whole paycheck in a day. All you need is some shopping secrets to help you shop smart and healthy.

Learn how to cook

If you are looking to venture into the field of eating healthy, one of the crucial things you need to do is learn how to cook. Nutritionists all over agree that knowing what goes into you pot and eventually your plate will help you make healthier choices. Remember, what you consume will ultimately reflect on your outer you. Having that fab body and smooth skin starts with what goes on your plate.

Draft a shopping list

Scan your kitchen cabinet and fridge once a week and plan your meals for the whole week. This will help you write a shopping list with only the essentials you need for that particular week and help you cut on waste. Before setting out to shop make sure you have a full stomach. Shopping while hungry can lead to impulse buying of unhealthy food like sugary snacks.

Extend your culinary horizon

African cuisines for example rely on inexpensive ingredients like maize, beans, rice and vegetables. Rice which makes a staple for many is affordable and when you serve with beans or vegetables, you not only get a meal that is filling but healthy and nutritious too. If you’ve never tried African dishes before and you love food that is not spicy, maybe now is the time to give it a try. Believe me, you’ll fall in love with it.

Embrace plant based proteins in your meals.

Beans and other pulses like chickpeas are loaded with proteins and are more affordable compared to fish and meat. We all know that our bodies need proteins to and pulses not only feel you up but helps to build your body muscles.

Make good use of your fridge and freezer

Whenever you can, set aside one day of the week and do bulk cooking. This can include foods like cereals and soups. Once cooked, cut them in small portions and store them in the freezer for quicker healthier meals during the week when you are tired and can’t afford to cook from scratch.

Share some of the tips that have helped you eat healthy on a budget.

 

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