Eat Healthy--and Save Money Anyway, Part I
You don’t have to pay through the nose just to eat healthy foods. Here are some great ways to save
Some health gurus would have you believe that you have to spend big bucks and buy all kinds of pricy gizmos in order to eat healthy. That's a load of baloney. All you really have to do is make the right choices -- and that doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg.
Sure, saving money on healthy meals may require some research and some common sense... but then again, you have the Internet, and you're a savvy consumer, are you not? You've got it covered, especially with these tips we're about to hand you in this uplifting two-part article.
Where to Begin
To be blunt, you have to start by cutting the crap out of your diet. While not in the caviar range, junk food does tend to be more expensive than food that's good for you, especially vegetables. Compare the price of a half-gallon of ice cream, for example, to a pound of onions.
It goes without saying that the onions are better for you health-wise, no matter that the ice cream makes your mouth water instead of your eyes. The fact is, veggies are better for you physically and fiscally. Keep reminding yourself of that.
Now, your meals must be nutritionally balanced, of course; protein is especially a consideration when subsisting mostly on vegetables. But there are plenty of protein-rich nuts, seeds, beans, and the like that you can opt for. If you've got a carnivore craving, stick to low-fat meat, like poultry. Chicken's not that expensive.
Which is not to say that you can't enjoy an occasional indulgence. Just don't overdo it, and you'll see the pounds slip away while the dollars accumulate in your cruise fund. (Hey, there's got to be some incentive for being good).
Freeze Your Assets
Frozen vegetables offer an especially good money-saving option. While freezing removes some of the nutrition (as any long-term preservation process does), most frozen veggies are easy to find in quantity, relatively cheap, and simple to store.
Plus, you can prepare them faster, and they don't expire as quickly as fresh vegetables. What's not to love?
If you prefer your food super-fresh, haunt the local farmers markets during growing season. Fruits and vegetables are their mainstay, of course, but many also offer grain, herbs, eggs, meat, and more. Their products are often cheaper and fresher than what you'll find in the grocery stores.
Local Harvest is handy site for finding farmers markets and other fresh food sources:
Can You Dig It?
Don't look now -- we've just started showing you how to save money on healthy meals. See Part II to learn more simple ways to eat healthy on a budget!