Healthy foods to eat on a budget
If you’re on a tight budget, finding healthy foods at the grocery store can seem like a challenge, but there are healthy, inexpensive options in every aisle of the store. As tempting as all the junk food sounds, it really can be cheaper to eat food prepared at home. And with a little imagination and experimenting with herbs and spices in the kitchen, it will taste better too. The first key to healthier eating is to have more healthy foods available to eat at home. So stop going to the drive-thru and buy no more pre-packaged and over-processed foods that you probably have in your kitchen right now. Get organized by creating a meal plan and grocery list for the foods you need to prepare those meals. The next step is to go to your local grocery store and start shopping for whole foods that you can make at home with whatever cooking resources you have there.
Increasing your intake of whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables, will actually make your overall food choices much simpler. If the foods you are choosing contain more than 5 ingredients and include many unfamiliar and unpronounceable items, you may want to reconsider your purchase. Counting calories, carbohydrates, or fat grams won’t be as necessary when you select foods that are more a product of nature than a product of industry. Finding healthy foods to eat at the grocery store is pretty simple. They are found in “fresh food” sections such as the fresh produce and refrigerated meat and fish departments. The frozen and dry aisles also contain good healthy foods, though there are plenty of unhealthy distractions as well.
Healthy foods to have available at home to cook with include whole foods (foods in their most natural state), fruits and vegetables, dairy (low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, and eggs), seafood, lean cuts of pork, beef, and chicken, naturally sweetened whole juices, and plenty of water.
The types of foods to avoid include refined grains (white flour or white rice), refined white sugar, any form of corn syrup, and anything from a box that contains more than 5 ingredients.
Making the switch to eating healthy foods requires a mindset shift, along with a little imagination and preparation. It will help to make a weekly meal plan and from there a nice organized shopping list to take to the store. This will help you stay focused and reduce the number of trips you make to the grocery store.