8 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

8 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

Low-cost, healthy eating can be easy
“I would love to eat healthy, but I just don’t have the budget or time for that right now.”

With all the expensive juices, powders, and superfoods that people think they need to be “healthy,” I don’t blame people for saying that! But as a nutrition student applying to get my master’s degree and become a registered dietitian (RD), I’ve been living that college budget life for quite some time.

One of the most common questions I get asked is: “How can I afford eating healthy on such a tight budget?” Well, I’m here to share with you helpful tips I’ve picked up along the way and a couple of easy, affordable recipes (that come out to under $3.00 per serving) just to show how tasty low-cost, healthy eating can be.

Money-saving tips for eating healthy
1. Shop in season
Almost 100 percent of the time, in-season produce will be cheaper. So research what’s in season during the time of year and stock up! You can always freeze what you don’t use and just pull it back out whenever you need it again. (But just check the expiration dates for meats and vegetables, because they don’t last forever!)

2. Buy in bulk or frozen
Bulk foods (grains, nuts, etc.), canned goods, and frozen fruits and vegetables are fairly inexpensive. In fact, frozen fruits and vegetables are actually picked when they’re perfectly ripe and frozen within a couple of hours, so they’re still packed with all the nutrients and flavor. They last a long time and are easy to add into any meal.

3. Find sales and use coupons
There are sales constantly going on throughout grocery stores and a lot of stores have coupon booklets available to help save you a ton of money. Don’t be afraid to grab extra for additional discounts on your next purchases as coupons often last a while.

4. Plan your meals and stick to your list
Planning helps you stay on track. Buy only what you need and repurpose ingredients for other recipes. For example, cooked quinoa can be used for dinner as well as morning porridge.

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