Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean spending your life savings on groceries. These simple, money saving tips can help you better plan your meals to not only save you money, but also make you healthier!
Track your meals: Trying using an online fitness tracker like My Fitness Pal to keep track of what you’re eating. Over time you’ll start to see trends of where your diet begins to slip (i.e. afternoon snacks, late night taco runs).
Get Creative With Leftovers: Think about ways to integrate leftovers into the following day’s lunch. For instance, if you make pot roast on Monday night you could make a sandwich the following day for lunch with leftover meat.
Consider Your Schedule: If you have a fitness class you like to go to on Tuesdays, that might be a perfect night for a salad that you can prepare in 10 minutes rather than something that takes 40 minutes. Save recipes that take longer for nights at home.
Keep Things Exciting: Don’t be afraid to try something new. Each week plan at least one recipe you haven’t before. It could be a healthy rendition of your favorite restaurant dish or simply using an ingredient that’s new to you.
Build the Plate: Each meal should consist of about half vegetables and fruits a quarter protein and another quarter whole grains as outlined in the new food pyramid at ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Shop the Sales/Shop the Seasons: Start with your local grocery stores’ ads. If spinach is on sale, looking for several different meals that feature spinach. This is a great tactic for cooking for one or two people if spoiling produce is a concern. Take note of what’s in season. This will save money and ensure your fruits and vegetables
Avoid the Aisles: Processed snacks and frozen meals tend to be in the aisles in the middle of the store. Keep to the perimeter to keep your cart full of healthy food.
Make a List: It’s pretty crazy how many people head to the grocery store with no plan of attack! Without a list, you are more likely to choose products that are unhealthy or that you simply don’t need. ALWAYS shop with a grocery list. To make it extra easy on yourself, organize your list by store aisle in order to expedite your trip. Again, apps such as AllRecipes help you do this.
Be Choosy About Local and Organic Products: We’d love to only choose local and organic products. But this often isn’t easy or economical. Prioritize which products should be organic. We recommend starting with fruits and veggies, especially the ones with highly nutritious skins which you are likely to eat such as peaches, apples, bell peppers, spinach, kale and strawberries.