This is a question (and an excuse) I get a lot:
"How am I supposed to eat healthy without spending ALL OF MY MONEY?"
Listen, I get it. Fast food and hyper-processed sugar-packed goodies are everywhere and they’re cheap AF!
It can feel like a ridiculous choice to make, standing in the grocery store choosing between a $2 box of 6 delicious glimmering glazed doughnuts or a single $2 organic lumpy grapefruit from Mexico.
But just because it’s harder to find the cheaper, healthier options doesn’t mean it isn’t worth doing. You don’t just settle for the first guy you meet on Match.com who’s over 5’6”. You got standards!
So here’re the exact steps to take to eat healthy on a budget.
1. Buy ALL of the fruits and vegetables!
Shop the perimeters of the supermarket. Stay away from the packaged foods in the middle aisles altogether, and go for the good stuff that’ll give you biggest nutritional bang for your buck.
And, of course, go for the stuff that’s domestic and in season.
2. Replace "shit quality" meats with cheaper, more nutritious proteins.
Beans, eggs, hemp seeds, legumes, tuna, high protein whole grain, etc. Get out of the habit of buying crap deli meat and packaged nonsense, and go for the good stuff that’ll keep your pockets heavy and your stomach satisfied.
3. Get high quality meat and dairy for cheap by buying local.
Go to your local farmer’s market. Find a high quality butcher in your area. Are there any farms close to you? Get on Google, get creative, and do some research.
Fun tip: sometimes you can even find small, local farms that are secretly organic even if they don't have an organic certification, since the certification process is pricey and smaller places often can't afford to essentially "buy" the label.
4. Buy in bulk and seek out online deals.
Buy big, save money, and freeze as necessary.
Don’t discount the power of shopping the interwebs. Sometimes my favorite health food store is Amazon.
Just this week I got bulk packages of chia seeds, flax, hemp hearts, MTC oil, oatmeal, and a bunch of other great stuff for way cheaper than my local Manhattan Whole Foods.
5. Cook at home, Dummy!
Eating out is a surefire way to wreak havoc on your diet and ensure you spend more money than you’d like.
Try getting into weekly meal prep, where you make all your meals for the whole week in bulk at one time and throw them into tupperwares in the fridge. It’ll save you time and energy and help you resist the urge to order in after a long exhausting day when you don’t feel like cooking.
And, of course, be smart and pack your lunch.
Hope that was helpful.
What're some of YOUR favorite affordable healthy foods?