Sometimes keeping our budgets balanced while we provide the healthiest foods for our family can be a real challenge.
As we roll through the market and watch the numbers soar when we check out, most of us are always looking for ways to hold the budget line and still eat healthy.
But there are nutritionists out there who tell us eating healthy on a budget is possible if we watch how we shop and follow some smart guidelines. WebMD offers some good tips.
First, focus on healthy, budget pleasing foods like beans, rice, lean meats on sale, low to no sodium canned foods, eggs, peanut butter, oats, low fat dairy and in season vegetable and fruit buys.
Bulk brown rice is a reasonable buy that mixes well with beans and spices to create a complete protein, healthy carbohydrate meal. Oatmeal is another heathy choice often recommended in cardio diets. Oats are inexpensive, easy to cook and full of flavor topped with yogurt, cinnamon or fruit. A scoop of healthy dark chocolate cocoa powder can be mixed in too.
Chunk light canned tuna in water is another good buy, and an excellent source of protein, that can be paired with brown rice, topped with spices, folded into salads or mixed with low fat mayo and pickles to create subs. Peanut butter is the cheapest of the nut butters. Buy all natural, checking ingredients for hydrogenated sugar fillers.
Eggs can be inexpensive if bought in bulk and are among the top listed easy assimilated proteins. Boiled chopped eggs for salads, or veggie omelets make great breakfasts or brunch choices.
Buy whole chicken that can be cut up, or buy chicken breasts with the bone in and debone and skin before cooking. For meats you can buy larger cuts on sale and trim off the fat at home. Watch for sale prices and buy in bulk tucking packs away in the freezer.
Skipping processed foods wherever possible is the healthiest and often the cheaper choice too. If you scan the long chemical flavored ingredient lists and the prices of most frozen food meals, choosing fresh whole foods becomes the obvious choice for your budget and your health.
Think in terms of larger containers when it works too. Individual sized convenience packs always up the cost.
Recycling veggie or meat leftovers for sandwiches and veggies soups can stretch the budget too.
Window gardens or small container gardens on the patio can add a lot of healthy flavors and fresh produce to our menus with very little cost. Spinach, leafy lettuces, herbs, and tomatoes are all good starters for at home gardens.
Zeroing in on discount food stores, local farmer’s market seasonal produce, key coupons and bulk purchase outlets can help keep your budget in line.
Finally condiments and a flow of new recipes can seal the deal, creating menus your families will request again and again. Mustard, hot sauce, salsa, cinnamon, ground pepper, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegars are all healthy budget friendly menu boosters.
Keep a running list of your family’s favorites and stick to it as you trim your budget and treat your family.
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