Trying to eat healthy on a budget? I don’t know about you, but I am ready to pass out every time I check out. The cost of food is skyrocketing and the cost of natural foods is outrageous. But don’t dismay! I’ve got a few tips for eating clean with just a little green.
Buy frozen: One of the most common complaints about fresh produce is how quickly it spoils. To avoid wasting food (and money) try frozen fruit, veggies and fish. Also, organic produce tends to be less expensive when frozen. Keep this YouAnew motto in mind: fresh is best, frozen is next and canned is still better than…Cheetos. Canned veggies are still always better than junk food.
Know the dirty dozen: Apples, celery, grapes, strawberries, peaches, spinach, bell peppers, nectarines, cucumber, tomatoes, snap peas, kale/collards/lettuces are known as the dirty dozen aka worst of the worst residue offenders. Decrease your intake of pesticides by buying these foods organic (remember frozen organic works). Save some green by going conventional on foods like bananas, onions, pineapple, mango, cantaloupe etc…
Stock up: Find a health food deal? Buy a bunch. Even if it seems expensive in the moment, deals on staple items like healthy oils, nut butters, favorite bars, cereals, soups, and healthy snacks are always worth it. Found a deal on lean meats or produce? Buy a bunch and store in the freezer. Stocking up can help you to save up.
Get coupons: They are out there! Don’t forget to check out your favorite brand’s website for great deals. Simply signing up for an email list or following a business’s social media accounts can totally help you to save some dough.
Go local: Buying local not only supports local farmers and businesses but can help you to save money. Check out your local farms and farmer’s markets for good food at a good price.
At the end of the day, keep in mind that you get what you pay for. The cost of real food now will inevitably cost less than disease down the road. What you eat matters. Make every bite count!