Friday, July 7, 2017

9 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Tight Budget

Whatever your reason for not having the money to spend on healthy food, there are no excuses for eating unhealthy if you follow these 9 tips.

It can sometimes be hard to keep buying so-called “Healthy Foods” especially as these days it seems that it is a lot more expensive to eat healthy than to just eat junk. So below I have set out a few tips from my own personal experience of living on the breadline for a few years, you know, those days when you eat baked beans on toast 7 days a week:). 

9 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Tight Budget

Funny enough I was never fat for those first few years, then again that might have something to do with not having a car either and cycling everywhere, yeah the good old days, I miss them but I never want to be back there!

But whatever your reason for not having the money to spend on healthy food, there is no reason to eat unhealthy if you follow these tips.

1.  Eliminate Fast/Junk food

We all know that sometimes a Big Mac can seem like a cheaper and faster option when you have a million things to do and MUST EAT. But in the long run, the money you pay for fast food can stack up and so to the calories found in these foods. So the very first thing to do is SKIP on buying fast foods!
2.  Drink Water instead of soft drinks

Sure you might think you need that Red Bull or can of Coke to get you through the day, I mean it is a cheap energy boost, right? Yip, it is also easy calories and still more expensive than just drinking water! So ditch the fizzy drinks and if you do need an energy boost rather drink black coffee ( No more than 3 cups per day)

3.  Buy Foods in bulk quantity

I do this till this very day! I always buy my foods in larger quantities and freeze what I won’t use within the next 2 to 3 days. Not only is this way cheaper but you also won’t be tempted to walk to the local supermarket all the time to spend more money on stuff you don’t need. To take this a step further, also COOK in bulk. If you are a student or young adult you normally have better things to do than cook food all day so rather spend one evening ever 2 to 3 days and cook lots of chicken breasts and veggies and then you will have food to eat on the run.

4.  Beans as a substitute for Meat

Beans are a great source of protein and a lot cheaper than meat so if your budget is a bit tight then try and use beans more often.  Try and stay away from the ones in tomato sauce as they can be high in sugar. If you can find fresh beans that are the best.

5. Buy NO NAME brand foods.

If you go to big supermarkets they will normally have their OWN brand foods. These can sometimes be a lot cheaper and most of them actually come from the same factory as the BRAND name food.

6. Buy all your fruits and veggies from your local farmers market.

Not only will it be WAY cheaper and it will also be of a much better quality.

7.  Go Fishing

Sure this is not for everyone but if you live near a coastal area of a river, why not go fishing. It will provide you with something to eat and something to do! Make sure you take a cooler with you so you can put the fish on ice as soon as you catch them. Otherwise, you can also pop down to the local fish market and get fish at almost half the price of any high street store.

8.  Peanut butter sandwiches are way better than hot dogs.

We all love peanut butter, normally because so many of us grew up with peanut butter sandwiches. MMM, I could have one of those right now! Anyway, peanut butter is actually full of good oils and protein. Sure you can’t have peanut butter sandwiches all day long, especially not on white bread, but if you have to eat something quickly then having a peanut butter sandwich on rye or whole wheat bread is way better than eating a hot dog or any other junk food.

9.  Eat foods high in Fiber

Foods high in fiber will make you feel full for longer. Most fruits or veggies are good for this. 

There you go, a few tips straight out of my early days when I had a budget of well, ZERO!

What great memories writing this article brought back!  But as you can see there are many ways to eat healthy if you are on a budget and remember, eating healthy does not have to be expensive!

Any other tips? Share them below!


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