National Nutrition Month Post: How Can You Eat Healthy on a Budget?


These days, we are all living on a budget. Here are some tips to eating healthy on a budget.

  1. First all of, plan, plan, plan! It’s easiest to budget when you plan your shopping list and meals for the week. I try to do this on Sunday.
  2. Buy whats in season. To see what’s in see click here. Getting vegetables that aren’t in season shipped to the grocery store is expensive, and costs you more!
  3. Buy local. Go your local farmers markets. A list San Francisco farmers markets is here.
  4. Buy in bulk. Then can and freeze everything else! Jams, sauces, pickling, the world is your oyster! You can even freeze fresh herbs in olive oil in ice trays. This idea can also apply to buying a whole animal and then freezing meat. But if you live in the city, with a small freezer like me, this may be impossible.
  5. Buy smart. Choose and prioritize which items you buy on a budget. Buy organic only of the dirty dozen and buy nonorganic of the clean 15. More information here.
  6. Buy cheaper proteins. What does that mean? Beans and lentils! Canned or dry, they definitely save $$. Organic eggs are also a budget friendly option as well
  7. Buy cheaper vegetables. Focus on carrots, celery, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage that are cheaper in bulk and can be used in a lot of recipes.
  8. Buy cheaper carbohydrates. Focus on brown rice and whole grain pastas. These will last a long time and are great sides.
  9. Last but not least, look for coupons!
  10. And if you are ambitious, grow your own food! I lack light in my current apartment. But in the past, I used to grow herbs.

How do you eat healthy on a budget?

~janis

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