How to Get Healthy on a Budget
I know a lot of people and health conscious buddies out there would relate to me when I say being healthy can be a more expensive than being not. Of course yes because when you are not conscious into looking what you are eating, I bet you will buy almost everything that you will see by the groceries or the stores near you. There are times too that those food that are healthy tend to cost more than the unhealthy ones. That’s why some people are being tempted to just live the acronym, YOLO (You Only Live Once!) so eat whatever, whenever! A study by the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that the healthiest diets cost $1.50 more per day than unhealthy diets. To some, $1.50 per day doesn’t seem like a whole lot. But for those with lower incomes struggling to make ends meet, $1.50 a day can make a big difference.
It is a fact that many people want to start eating healthier foods, but some think that to eat healthy, they have to spend more money. Believe it or not, you can eat healthy on a budget.
Here are some tips that I can share with you on how to eat healthy even on a budget:
1. Cook at Home
- Preparing your own food at home is much cheaper than ordering a healthy meal in a fancy restaurant. By preparing and cooking yourself, you can also learn more about how to do a variety of dishes and gain knowledge of knowing what exactly is in your food.
2. Quit Buying Junk Food
- Junk foods may be cheaper than some foods that will satisfy you, but surely you will be surprised to see how much you have been spending for burgers, fries, sodas, etc at the end of the day. By skipping these kinds of processed foods, you can now spend more of your budget on greater quality – the healthy foods.
3. Replace Meat with other Proteins
- Meats tend to be priced higher than some proteins there are. Eating less meat is definitely a great way to save money and just spend it to a better alternative – eggs, nuts, tofu and more. You can use them alternately with meats even twice to thrice a week.
4. Replace Juice and Soda with Water
- It is a general knowledge that water is free! Or if it’s not (at times, it costs twice or thrice or even a lot lower than those with sugar. Sugary drinks give little or sometimes no nutritional value at all! But it will definitely expand your waistline and shrink your wallet.
5. Plan your Weekly Meals
- It is very important to plan your meals beforehand. When you are in a grocery, you might end up throwing a bunch of unnecessary stuffs in your cart. But by the end of the week, you still have lots of stocks in your fridge and cabinet. Make a list before heading to the grocery – at the end of the week, nothing will go to waste.
6. If you can, Grow your Own Herbs and Vegetables
- This would be very nice if you really want to have the freshest greens to go straight to your meal plate. It can be a great experience too! Not to mention, you would be cutting a great amount of cost for food to buy plus you can choose which herbs and vegetables you can grow in your garden.
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