Eating Healthy on a Budget is Completely Realistic
Eating healthy on a budget doesn’t have to be challenging. Did you know that it can be rewarding and also NOT break your wallet?
Many people think that eating healthy is too expensive, but the truth is that it’s not. It just takes a little extra planning. Eating healthy on a budget may mean changing your habits and priorities, but it doesn’t have to make you broke and the results will be well worth the challenge.
Try shopping at a wholesale club, like Costco
Many wholesale clubs carry fresh, organic vegetables and pastured meats and items purchased at a wholesale club are typically cheaper than the same items from the grocery store. If you can't afford the membership yourself, try splitting the price with a friend or family member (or several), so that you can take advantage of discount prices on healthy foods and eat healthy on a budget too.
Make eating healthy a priority
Many people do not make eating healthy a financial priority. Sometimes we just don’t think about it and sometimes we may need to make some sacrifices and cut back on our luxury purchases. That may not be ideal right now, but in the long run it will pay off and your body will thank you later.
Most people HAVE the money to eat healthy, but they waste $10-15 a day on junk food. Whatever you spend your money on is up to you. We’re just saying that it wouldn’t hurt to take a step back and reevaluate whether or not you really need that expensive coffee from Starbucks. It might make eating healthy on a budget easier and ultimately, more successful.
Be a smart shopper
Be a smart shopper and DON’T go shopping on an empty stomach or else you’ll leave with the whole store in tow. Think of going to the grocery store as an interesting adventure and make a game out of it. See how much healthy food you can buy for x amount of dollars.
Try these healthy foods for eating healthy on a budget:
These foods are all about $2.
- Brown rice
- Whole wheat or multigrain pasta
- 100% whole-wheat bread
- Nonfat Greek yogurt
- Old-fashioned oats
- Frozen vegetables
- Russet potato
- Fresh bagged spinach
- Canned refried beans
- Canned tuna
- Canned or jarred marinara sauce
- Whole wheat pita bread
- Store-brand egg substitute
- Frozen soybeans
- Dried lentils
Eating healthy on a budget with a diet meal delivery program
On average, Americans spend $151 a week at the grocery store.
At bistroMD, we have a men and a women’s program and the option to receive five-or-seven-days’ worth of healthy meals delivered to your door. The two programs range from $130-$160/week and EATS, our essential and tasty snacks are an additional option at just $1.50 per snack. The number of snacks you’ll receive is based on your gender. Women receive two snacks per day and men receive three snacks per day.
But with us, you won’t spend money on groceries only to accidentally forget about them and have to toss them into the garbage. You’ll get delicious and healthy entrees delivered to your door for less than what the average American spends on groceries in one week. You can't beat that. And you also won’t have to spend the time, at the grocery store, shopping for ingredients; selecting healthy recipes; cooking and cleaning. All you have to do is zap your entrée in the microwave and enjoy a delicious meal from your "personal chef".
It takes just a few weeks to see results. What do you have to lose?