We can all have problems when it comes to a food budget, and if you ever had to watch every penny, you know that it is tough.
Another problem is that most people think that “Healthy eating is too expensive”. But, we can say that there is a solution for this. You will only need $50 per week if you want to eat healthy, buy cheap, and stay full and satisfied at the same time
Find out how to spend your $50 in the best possible way!
Spend $20 on Fresh Products
$20 of your food budget for fresh products will ensure that you have a good amount of fresh food in your diet every week, and will prevent you from spending money on fruits and vegetables that you won’t be able to eat in a week. It is also important to choose organic products.
You can buy:
1.One bag of chopped organic kale (or spinach)- $5
2.One head of broccoli (and/or cauliflower!)- $3
3.One bag of organic apples (or bananas, etc.) -$5
4.One bunch of organic celery -$3
5.Two Avocados or Sweet Potatoes, Onions, etc.- $4
Spend $10-$15 in the Bulk Section
You should buy some grains, beans, nuts and seeds, but be careful with the amount. You don’t need a pound of almonds or a pound of beans. You could buy nuts and seeds in 1-ounce amounts. And remember, you can always try a new kind next week.
What you could buy:
1.$3 worth of whole grain oats
2.$3 worth of raw almonds
3.$2 of beans
4.$2 of whole grain quinoa or rice
Don’t Forget About Some of the Options on the Aisle
If you prefer, you can buy oats and rice in larger bags found in containers that are around the same price. Canned beans are affordable, and they are the good option if you don’t have a time or you don’t want to go through several steps to cook them.
Check out These Ideas:
1.Two cans of chickpeas – $4
2.One bag of lentils- $3
3.One container of oats- $3
4.One bag of organic flax seed- $3
Spend $5-7 on Non-dairy Items
You should buy non-dairy milk or a container of non-dairy yogurt.
Spend the Rest on Frozen Veggies and Fruits
Don’t ignore frozen foods when you’re trying to eat healthy and on a budget, because they’re actually very
healthy. Plain frozen greens, berries, and veggies like broccoli are must-haves for individuals watching the pennies. A pound of organic frozen spinach costs around $3 per bag, and can last for several servings. A pound of frozen fruit costs around the same amount too. Frozen veggies can be part of your meals when the fresh veggies run out, and the frozen fruits can be used for your morning smoothies!
Here are some ideas:
1.One bag of frozen spinach – $2-$3
2.One bag of frozen berries- $3-4
3.One bag of frozen broccoli or mixed veggies – $4
What About The Protein?
Don’t ignore the beans, legumes, and oats which are all great sources of protein. You can also buy a bag of hemp seeds (a complete protein source) for around $8,
Note: Plant-based eating is healthy and you can always rotate what you buy so you don’t get tired of the same foods.