When I posted “Foods To Avoid” a few people pointed out that even if you want to eat healthy, it can be expensive to do. It’s true. You can feed your child a pack of Ramen noodles for 33 cents. In contrast, a single serve container of yogurt or a bowl of grapes can cost double that.
I can tell you how unhealthy all that “cheap” food is, but it doesn’t make it easier to afford a doubled grocery bill. Instead, I’m going to share with you a few small changes you can make that will make it easier to afford to eat healthy.
- Shop every week. If you aren’t doing this already, I know it sounds like a lot to ask. The fact of the matter is if you shop weekly you will waste less food because you will more likely buy what you need instead of buying what you’re afraid you will run out of.
- Buy frozen fruits and vegetables. Although fresh is best, frozen is a good alternative if you crave convenience. They tend to have fewer additives than canned food. Plus, you can stock up to take advantage of sales or coupons without worrying about spoilage. Frozen fruit may not be ideal for snacking, but it is better in smoothies than fresh fruit because you can get the slushy consistency without using ice cubes which can dilute your drink. Also, warmed in the microwave, frozen fruit makes a sweet, no sugar added topping for whole wheat waffles or frozen yogurt.
- Eat salad with every lunch and dinner. Lettuce is not expensive. By filling up on salad at each meal, your family will crave fewer unhealthy, packaged filler food. So, you can skip the pasta, bread or rice entirely or switch to whole grain options. Even though the whole grain varieties often cost more, you will be purchasing less since your family is loading up on salad first.
- Get coupons from healthy food companies. When you go through your Sunday coupon inserts, many of the coupons are for packaged foods and snacks that are filled with preservatives, dyes, and chemicals. You can find coupons for healthy foods, but you have to put forth a little bit of effort. Click here to sign up for coupons from several different organic food companies. And go here to get coupons from other healthy food companies.
Do you have a tip for how to eat healthy on a budget? Please share it with us in the comments.