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Eating healthy on a budget

Eating healthy on a budget

“Eating healthy”, to most of us, means eating exotic fruits and vegetables that are expensive, and following a diet regimen that requires a high budget. Healthy eating is very important for achieving results and staying fit, but sometimes it might sound difficult within a limited budget.  But, hey! Eating healthy doesn’t have not be expensive, with a few tips and tricks you can plan your healthy meals and that too in a budget.

Here are few ways to eat healthy even on a budget.

Plan your meals. When it comes to saving money at the grocery store, planning is essential. Plan your meals for the week and make a grocery list of all that you need. Only buy what you're sure you will use, and check out what you already have in your cupboards first.

Cook at Home. Cooking at home is much cheaper than eating out. Make it a habit to cook at home, rather than eating out. By cooking yourself, you also have the benefit of knowing exactly what is in your food.

Pack Your Lunch. Eating out is very expensive, especially if done regularly. Packing your lunch, snacks, drinks and other meals is less expensive and way healthier than eating out.

Buy whole foods. Whole foods are often less expensive than their processed counterparts. You can also buy them in larger quantities.

Give up canned, processed and stored foods. Get legumes and pulses which are easily available in the market. Instead of canned and stored food that contain preservatives, get soaked beans and lentils that are better for the body. They are very tasty and contain good-quality proteins.

Use less meat. We are all aware that non-vegetarian food is very expensive. One can choose to add more vegetable protein sources and keep meat to a minimum, by eating it either once or twice a week. This will also help keep a check on cholesterol levels.

Buy Local. Consider buying fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs from local farmers. When you buy local, in-season foods are generally cheaper.

Try a wholesale market. Many items such as meat, vegetables, fruits, spices and condiments are cheaper when bought in larger quantities from a wholesale market.

Buy food when in-season. Buying out-of-season fruits and vegetables often results in buying expensive, imported products that can be disappointingly tasteless. Choose recipes that make the most of what's currently in season and enjoy the good taste and cheaper prices. Instead of spending money on chocolate and energy bars, spend it on seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Avoid shopping when you're hungry. When you’re hungry, common sense works less efficiently and the taste buds work more. This is a sure-fire way to end up with expensive, high-calorie extras in your shopping basket. Therefore, eat something before you leave for shopping and make sensible decisions.

Eat leftovers for lunch. Cook extra portions for your evening meal so you can have the leftovers for lunch the next day. Leftovers can be healthy and budget-friendly, since it's far less expensive to buy food for three recipes than seven.

Grow Your Own Produce. It is a great idea to grow your own produce. With some time and effort, it is easy to grow your own produce like herbs, sprouts, tomatoes, onions and many more delicious crops. These may also taste a lot better than the store-bought varieties.

Hope these tips will help you find ways to eat healthy within a budget.

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