Healthy Foods Doesn’t Have to be Expensive

 
Think food has to cost a lot in order for it to be healthy? You’re not alone. Many people have been trained to believe that healthy food has to be expensive. But the truth is, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to eat healthy, delicious food. You just have to do a little planning, and be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get cooking. Check out my suggestions below. You’ll soon find that the healthiest choices are often the least expensive in the long run.

Bye-bye brand names. Nationally recognized brands are always more expensive than store brands. Get to know your supermarket’s brands of cereal, canned goods and snacks, and the only difference you’ll notice is in the price.

Stock the staples. Make sure your pantry and refrigerator are well stocked with staple items such as beans, brown rice, pasta, oatmeal and barley that are tasty on their own, and can be used to enhance soups, stews and casseroles.

Check the sales. Nowadays, you can check your supermarket’s website to see what is on sale before going out the door. Shop in season. Fresh produce tastes better and costs less when it’s in season.

Don’t buy more than you need. Reduce waste by purchasing fresh produce a small amount at a time.

Make soup. There is nothing more satisfying, delicious, or inexpensive than a pot of homemade soup. Use store bought soup stock or make your own, and add leftover vegetables, potatoes, pasta, chicken, and herbs for an old-fashioned, soul-warming treat.

Limit dining out. If saving money and eating healthfully are on your agenda, consider bringing your lunch a few times per week and cut back on dining out when possible.

Make your own microwaveable meals. Double your recipes and freeze half. Put chili, soup and entrees in freezer and microwave safe containers for quick lunches you can easily reheat.

Take time to plan your meals and grocery lists. You will see big nutrition benefits and your bank account will thank you.

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