When you’re trying to keep a budget, eating healthy can seem difficult. Unhealthy and non-nutritious foods often seem cheaper than their healthier alternatives, but there are ways to eat healthy on a budget; here are four.
- Buy fresh produce when it’s in season and freeze it
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed full of vitamins and minerals, but the cost of them can add up fast. Stick to buying what’s currently in season and consider stocking up when you find a good deal. For instance, in summer, buy three or four dozen ears of corn when it’s at its cheapest. You can cut it from the ear, or freeze it whole, and enjoy it for several months afterwards.
- Look for sales and plan meals accordingly
- Keep an eye out for what foods your local grocery store have on sale through their weekly circular and, if they offer a savings card, be sure to sign up. Instead of shopping for groceries based on your weekly meal plan, consider planning your meals around what’s on sale.
- Try less expensive cuts of meats
- If you eat meat, you can still enjoy it, even when you’re on a tight budget. Look for less expensive cuts of meat, such as chicken thighs instead of breasts. You could also try different cooking methods, like a slow cooker, to make tougher cuts of meat tender and juicy.
- Repurpose leftovers
- Finally, if you don’t like eating the same meal over and over, consider repurposing leftovers into an entirely new and delicious meal. For instance, if you’ve made roast beef/pork/chicken, you can make them into sandwiches for lunches.
Reference: Eat Right Ontario. (2016). Budget. Retrieved https://www.eatrightontario.ca/
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