We all know that eating well is fundamental to good health and well-being. As much as we all know that healthy food can sometimes cost more than junk food.
Apparently, eating well is still a luxury for too many people.
But honestly, can we put a price on our health? Doing your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle should be your number one priority. It’s a long-term investment in your body and your quality of life, and can help prevent illnesses further down the track.
I get it though: when you’re making a whole-food switch, that first grocery bill can seem a bit high.
But, is healthy eating a luxury, or are we pretending like it is so we do not have to act and keep trying?
Eating healthy doesn’t have to break the bank. You just have to approach it differently, and learn a few tricks to make your money go further. Plus, you’ll feel so much happier knowing you’re nourishing yourself properly.
With this five trips, making the healthy switch will be more affordable.
1. Plan your weekly menu
Planning is a core part of this and it will make eating healthy food way easier. Planning your meals beforehand will ensure a more balanced menu and the chances of you eating varied meals when you get home from work are higher if you have everything planned and only need to put it all together. No more unplanned orders from the restaurant or visits to the drive-thru on the way home! You can, for example, plan all your meals during the weekend and buy all your groceries accordingly. By doing so you will not only save money and time, but also stress.
2. Think and buy seasonal
Buying fresh produce in season can save you loads of money. It’s not always easy, but try to be flexible and opt for an alternative. And if you really can’t live without berries in winter, then buy the frozen one.
3. Grow your food
You don’t have to have a massive garden to grow your veggies, it can be something smaller and simpler. For example, it might just be a little box of herbs, a small fruit tree in the garden or one tomato plant on your balcony. Having a bit of fresh produce growing around the house will save you from buying those items at the grocery store.
4. No meat-day
If you regularly eat meat or seafood, cutting those once per week can account for a significant chunk of your grocery bill. By cutting down your intake, even just one day a week, you’ll notice a difference to your budget. It’s just a small effort and it will make a huge difference.
5. Cook in advance
Make leftovers parts of your planned menu. While you are making dinner, cook in advance the next days’ lunch. Again, it’ll save you time and money, and you will not be tempt to buy something on the way.