If you are on a tight budget, it can seem like a challenge to find healthy food in the grocery store, but there are healthy and economic choices in every aisle of the store. As tempting as all the junk food out there may sound, it can really be cheaper to eat homemade food.
And with a little imagination and experimentation with herbs and spices in the kitchen, it will taste better. The first key to a healthier diet is to have more healthy food available to eat at home. So stop going to the transit and no longer buy pre-packaged, over-processed foods that you probably have in your kitchen now. Organize yourself by creating a menu plan and a shopping list for the foods you need to prepare these dishes. The next step is to go to your local grocery store and start buying whole foods that you can prepare at home with all the kitchen resources you have there.
Increasing the consumption of whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables, will greatly simplify the selection of foods in general. If the foods you choose contain more than 5 ingredients and contain many unknown, unspeakable items, you may want to reconsider your purchase.
Counting calories, carbohydrates or fat grams will not be so necessary if you choose foods that are more of a natural product than an industry product. Finding healthy foods to eat at the grocery store is pretty easy. They can be found in the areas of “fresh foods” such as the departments of products and chilled meat and fish. The frozen and dry aisles also contain good healthy foods, although there are also many unhealthy distractions.
Healthy foods you can use to cook at home include whole foods (foods in their most natural state), fruits and vegetables, dairy products (low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, and eggs), seafood, lean cuts of pork, beef and chicken, naturally sweetened whole juices and plenty of water.
Foods to avoid include refined grains (white flour or rice), refined white sugar, any form of corn syrup and everything in a box containing more than 5 ingredients.
Grow Your Own
Every considered starting up your own garden? The cheapest way to eat healthy food is to grow it yourself. You can buy some seeds or even take the ones from the fruits and vegetables that you bought and start up a garden of your own.
It is unlikely that you can grow enough to sustain you all-year-long, but this will definitely help out your budget. Vegetables such as carrots, radishes, cabbage, and so on are quite easy to grow, even if you have little or no prior gardening knowledge.
If you’re really struggling with it, you can always ask a relative or neighbor for help. It would be very strange if nobody you know has any experience with gardening. (I personally know more than ten who do. That’s how I learned to garden)
Buy From a Farm Directly
If you plan to buy fresh, organic foods, buying from a local supermarket would be a mistake. Supermarkets are convenient, but they have two major flaws:
- The prices there are much higher as they include extra taxes and costs for the profit of the company.
- You can’t guarantee that their product is 100% organic and natural.
If you’re able to contact a farmer and make a deal with them, you can save yourself lots of hassle and money. Even if you agree to pay them more than the supermarkets would offer them, you will still end up saving far more than buying from them anyway.
You can buy in bulk this way too. Vegetables and fruits can last quite well if you contain them. It isn’t practical to go to a farm every couple of days, but since their product is fresh and organic, you’ll see that it can be kept for up to two weeks, depending on which vegetable or fruit it is. Still, even going once a week isn’t too much to ask for the sake of health and budget.
Switching to a healthy diet requires a rethink as well as some imagination and preparation. It will help create a weekly meal plan and a good, organized shopping list that you can take with you to the store. This will help you concentrate and reduce the number of trips to the grocery store.