среда, 11 мая 2016 г.

Healthiest Foods For A Tight Budget

Healthiest Foods For A Tight Budget

Healthiest Foods For A Tight Budget

I always have a no-meat challenge every weekdays, then I have cheat days every weekends. But, I try to still spend less during these days. Fruits and veggies are what I always have. Then, when it comes to products, I always compare prices and get the products that are as good as the branded ones to still save some money.

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Great idea!

I would add sweet potatoes to this list! so delicious and so cheap! Also kale – you can get a pack of organic kale already cut and prewashed for $2.29 and depending on the person 2-3 bags would be enough for the week (I eat a lot of vegetables so maybe that’s too much for some people. )

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I love sweet potatoes! They’re s filling.

Another issue is that when shopping and trying to buy “organic” — a lot of produce is from Mexico, which I rather not purchase.

The produce from Mexico is very good. Why would you not purchase?

Tuna is good. The only thing is that in many cans there is also added sugar. As if tuna wasn’t good enough.

Haha, yep!

I buy produce when it’s in season. It’s always a lot cheaper that way. Also, you can buy frozen vegetables when the fresh ones are too expensive. They aren’t as good as fresh vegetables, but they are a good substitute when you need to.

I agree 100% with the meal planning. If I don’t meal plan for the week ahead, I always end up spending a lot more on food that week!

Buying healthy food can be quite expensive, especially if you purchase organic foods. Many people make the mistake of thinking eating a healthy diet is more expensive than buying fast food regularly.

While this can be the case, you simply have to be smart about what you buy. Buy in bulk, and buy healthy food that is decently cheap year round.

I do all of my shopping at smaller grocery stores, such as Aldi’s. It’s incredibly inexpensive and I can get a weeks worth of food for less than $50. Many people find that surprising, but all you have to do is plan and organize well, and meal plan ready before you head to the store.

This meal plan workbook sets you up for success.

Thankfully, Aldi’s also keeps their grocery store magazine on hand at the exit of the store, so you can always see the best deals available. If you don’t have an Aldi’s nearby, there are most likely stores just like it nearby. You just have to do a little digging and find the cheapest grocery store.

1. Fruit.

Fruits, such as bananas and prunes are usually inexpensive year round. Bananas can be great by themselves or mixed into smoothies or oatmeal. I even like making frozen bananas with peanut butter and dark chocolate on top. Simple, quick and easy delicious snack that is also healthy. Here in Texas, organic fruit is ridiculously cheap and I can buy a medium sized case of blueberries or strawberries for under $2.

Tip: Stay away from prepackaged fruit at all costs.


2. Rice and oatmeal.

I usually buy a large container of oatmeal for about $3.00. This will last me a month or more, depending on if I use it for other recipes as well. I love making oatmeal every morning and I also enjoy making oatmeal cookies. A simple and quick recipe would be mixing together oatmeal, banana, cinnamon, dark chocolate chips, and brown sugar. The riper the banana, the better.

Tip: Buy stevia to put in your oatmeal. Low calorie and low sugar content, while adding amazing taste.

3. Stir Fry – My Go-To Meal

Frozen vegetables at the store for 2 people range anywhere from $2-$5. Mix in some chopped tofu or other protein option of your choice, and voila, you’re done. I also add in an Asian sauce, which varies from General Tso sauce to one of Annie’s dressings.

Investing in a spiralizer is a great way to eat more veggies and create healthier meals.

This is the spiralizer I use at home for my pasta.

Tip: Learn how to make pad thai at home. Add tofu and beans for added protein.

4. Vegetables.

Vegetables such as broccoli and carrots are usually always fairly inexpensive. These vegetables can be used in soups as well. Vegetable broth is very inexpensive and soup can go a long way, and be very filling when filled with many vegetables and beans. Although store bought soups can be cheap, I would definitely recommend staying away from them as they are usually filled with sodium and other processed ingredients.

Tip: Buy a batch of kale at the store for $0.99 and make your own kale chips at home. Break up the kale in chip-sized pieces and sprinkle some salt and water on top. You could add oil to the kale, but I like to stay away from fats as they have no nutritional content.

5. Nuts.

Nuts such as peanuts are very cheap, and although peanut butter is pretty inexpensive as it is, it’s also not a bad idea to make your own peanut butter. All you have to do is dump a good amount of peanuts into a food processor and blend it. Take breaks between blending and stir around the mixture and blend again.

Tip: Remember that nuts have a lot of fat in them, so eat them sparingly.

6. Hummus And Vegetables.

Hummus is my go-to when I want a filling snack in a pinch. I’ve even made my own hummus, which I plan on sharing on my blog. Hummus is by far the easiest food to make and only needs 3 or 4 ingredients to prepare.

7. Beans.

Beans are relatively cheap and can be put in many, many meals. They can be used as a substitute in certain meals or as a side. They are delicious too!

Tip: Make salsa at home with beans, salsa, hot sauce, and rice.

Extra tips:

I highly recommend getting the “But I Could Never Go Vegan” cookbook. You can get the book here. It has dramatically changed the way I eat and cook my meals.

If you’re in a time pinch, I recommend trying out Garden Of Life’s Chocolate protein powder. It’s seriously the BEST protein I have ever tasted. It’s even loaded up with veggies. It tastes just like a chocolate shake!

Purchase a slow cooker and make your meals ahead of time! There are tons of delicious recipes found on Pinterest that will save you on time AND money.

Go to an international health foods store for food that can be bought in bulk. Food is usually much cheaper at international and/or Asian stores (not stores such as Whole Foods, Trader Joes, etc.).

Prepare your food a day ahead of time, which will save time and money (by making sure you don’t stop at a fast food restaurant to get food).

When you do go out to eat at a restaurant, share an appetizer and entree with someone. These plates are usually enough for 2 people in one sitting.

To save money, go to the library and check out recipe books. Start becoming a chef in the kitchen and learn how to make your favorite meals.

Watch documentaries such as Forks Over Knives, Fed Up, and Vegucated.

Keep in mind that there is no such thing as “eating perfect”. Start to look at food as fuel and not just to pass time on a boring day. Your body does so many wonderful things for you, it’s time to start treating it as so. Feed it well with nutritious foods, give it proper exercise on a regular basis, and last but not least, be thankful and grateful that you have a body that allows you to run those 5k’s, wake up in the morning to take care of your family and more. Be grateful.

Here is one reason why I love eating healthy, nutritious, energizing foods: I get to hike up to Machu Picchu. A hike that took 4 days to complete and thousands of stairs to reach the top.

What other foods are inexpensive and healthy? Do you have any other money saving tips regarding buying groceries?


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