There is no better investment than the investment in your health. Eating healthy food is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. Low cost doesn’t have to mean poor quality. Believe it or not, some of the least expensive foods are actually the healthiest ones for you. Here are some strategies for eating good quality food at more reasonable prices.
- Buy whole foods. Unprocessed foods are less expensive and more nutritious than processed foods.
- Buy in bulk – this is particularly helpful when there are sales going on. Stock up on items you frequently use.
- Buy generic food and/or store brands – many times they will be less expensive for equal quality.
- Buy frozen fruits and vegetables – not only can this save you money, but when produce is picked at its peak and then flash frozen, it is more tasty and nutrient-dense.
- Buy your produce in season because it’s more reasonably priced – this includes organic fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid grocery shopping when hungry. Eat before you head out.
- Use coupons or go online to find discounted pricing.
- Select less expensive sources of protein – tuna, mackerel, frozen chicken breast, cottage cheese, eggs, and whey are good choices. Beans and legumes are loaded with protein and fiber. Better yet, buy these foods in bulk and they’ll keep for 6-12 months in an airtight glass container stored in a cool, dry place. Also, check out grass-fed beef gelatin in powder form (typically $13-$18 per pound).
- Make a list and stick to it. Avoid buying items on impulse.
- Prepare you own food at home and limit going out to eat. Make larger portions and take leftovers with you the next day. Stews, casseroles, and soups are great ways to make good use out of leftovers. Also, keep your freezer stocked with leftover foods.
- Make good use of your crock pot – even the toughest (and most affordable) cuts of meat come out tender and juicy.
- Check to make sure that unit price is less expensive when items are sold in larger quantities. Take the time to price it out.
- Buy from local farmers or farmers’ market. Food is fresher, tastes better, and is more nutritious. To find local farms in your area, go to http://www.localharvest.org/.
- Grow your own food – start your own vegetable garden or grow vegetables and/or herbs in containers on your porch.
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