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How To Eat Healthy Without Going Broke

aaaaweeeHey Parents! Did you know it’s National Nutrition Month? Here are some great tips for feeding your family healthy foods without going broke.

A lot of people assume that you can’t eat healthy without spending the big bucks. That’s often why many people end up choosing processed food over the real stuff, only because they think they’re saving money in the long term. But is that really the case? Are you really saving money when you buy all of those convenience foods? Today, we are going to dispel that myth once and for all, showing you that it is 100% possible to have a healthy diet without spending a fortune.

Buy foods in season

It’s only logical that foods that grow in summer are going to cost more in winter, so buying in season is a great way to save you some cash. Learn when certain types of foods are in season and buy as much as you can; you can always freeze foods and they will still taste just as fresh months later.

Frozen isn’t always bad

Stock up on frozen fruits and veggies to keep you satisfied year round. Frozen foods are often much cheaper than fresh (as much as half off) and they still retain much of their nutritional value. You can also buy in bulk to save even more! Frozen foods can literally last months or even longer, so you can also say goodbye to spoiled food and wasted money.

Less red, more green

Meat can often be expensive yet vegetables are usually cheap and just as filling (not to mention healthier). So, use more leafy greens in your meals and less red meat. You only need about 1g of protein a day to keep your muscle mass anyways, and you can always look for other foods to meet your protein requirements. Hint hint: eggs, milk, cheese, fish. Also, try buying less expensive cuts of meat, you can find that they taste just as delicious if they’re cooked right (pull out that crock pot!) and they are also more nutritious.

Prepare ahead of time

How do you spend a ton of money on food? Easy, get your food at the last minute! You’ll find that your most expensive food purchases are often impulse buys, eating out, and food that’s left to waste. If you plan your meals accordingly, you can save a lot. Look for foods on sale and see whether you can use it in an upcoming meal. Take note of what you have in the fridge and in the cupboards to avoid purchasing things again. Save your leftovers for another meal for a different day. Bring food you’ve made to work for lunch. Preparation is key if you want to stretch your dollar while eating well.

Cheap, healthy foods

This list is in no way definitive, but it can get you started on the right path:

  • Beans and lentils
  • Brown rice
  • Oats
  • Potatoes
  • Whole-wheat bread
  • Canned tuna
  • Non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Bagged spinach
  • Egg substitute
  • Soybeans
  • Tofu
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Quinoa
  • Whole-wheat or multigrain pasta
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Onions
  • Apples, bananas, and oranges
  • Soups
  • Water (practically free)

Written by: Monica Gillman, Lead Writer

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About the Author

Monica Gillman is a licensed practical nurse by day and a writer for CNA Classes Online in her free time. You can find her site here at http://cna-classes-online.net

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