Many people say that healthy eating is costly! Now that is a lame excuse! Eating unhealthy, processed food is easy, but in no way, it is cheaper than eating healthy! Eating healthy does not mean gorging on protein and other supplements, special fruits and vegetables and the like, which surely burn holes in your pockets.
Healthy eating means eating things, which are healthy. And one need not splurge on the above mentioned items to eat healthy. Eating healthy is cheaper than you think! It includes fruits, vegetables, pulses, cereals etc. It may cost more than a fast food item by cost per calorie, but when considered the cost per weight, per serving, per portion, vegetables and fruits are sure to win. Processed foods and products, which have added sweeteners and higher fat content are cheaper than the whole fruits and vegetables, fresh whole-grain breads, lean meats and seafood, which have high mineral content.
To eat healthy and spend less, one needs to do proper planning. Pan a week’s worth of meal schedules. Decide what ingredients you need; where to buy those from—all these details will help you budget your meal plans better.
Tips To Eat Healthy And Cheap:
Here are some simple tips to help you eat healthy without emptying your pocket!
- Super markets offer the solution to all your needs. But, when it is about fruits and vegetables, the local fruit and vegetable vendors offer better options. They sell fruits and veggies at a lesser price. The items are also fresh and preservative-free.
- Another important thing is to eat home-made food. It is fresh, nutritious, and preservative-free. At the same time, it costs less.
- We should carry some fruits and water every time we leave home. Anytime you are hungry, you can reach for fresh snacks and water instead of spending money.
- Buying items in bulk also saves money. And when you have a pantry full of supplies, you’ll be less tempted to spend money on junk food.
- Eating less of meat and other non-vegetarian items goes well both on our wallets and health. So, one should restrict non-vegetarian food to 2 days a week and enjoy pure vegetarian diet on the remaining days.
- Seasonal fruits and vegetables are tasty and healthy. Splurging on fresh seasonal fruits and veggies is better than spending double the amount on its dried and canned versions. Dry fruits and vegetables contain half of the nutrition of their fresh version. They are also loaded with preservatives and calories. And buying fruits and vegetables in the offseason costs more.
- Mostly, it is the economically downtrodden that have to resort to unhealthy food options. Corner stores selling cheap and unhealthy foods are preferred over fresh fruits and veggies due to money constraints and availability issues.
The calorie laden processed foods contribute to obesity, premature aging, high cholesterol level, heart disease, hypertension, and even cancer! So, if you add the cost of junk food with medical expense, you’ll end up spending more on junk food than on healthy food.
It is certainly cheaper to avoid the diseases and remain healthy by eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. And if you want to save money, be smart and follow the tips mentioned above. But no amount of money is worth risking your health, right? So, eat healthy, stay healthy!