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How to Eat Healthy (and Cheaply!)

How to Eat Healthy (and Cheaply!)

You’ve heard it a thousand times, 80% of fitness is diet.

“You are what you eat”, “Abs are made in the kitchen”, etc. etc.

Everyone knows that diet is one of the most important things both for our minds and for our well being, and almost everyone I know wants to eat a healthy balanced diet, but eating healthily can be expensive!

The good news is that with a little creativity and a small amount of pre-planning, we can find ways to eat healthy, without it taking up enormous amounts of our time or money.

Today I’m going to share with you some easy, healthy and most importantly, affordable food options you can start implementing today.

The biggest thing to accept is that it can’t be perfect from day one. I’m not a big fan of completely revamping my or your diet, mainly because its exhausting and most people can’t stick to it. Do what works for you! For example, I can’t eat a big solid breakfast in the morning, so I make a nutrient packed smoothie that I can drink on the go.

The one thing I would consider focusing on is making sure you are getting enough nutrients, and a balance of protein, healthy fat, and carbs throughout your day.

 

Healthy, cheap food you can eat

Here’s a good list to get you started:

  • Eggs (top of the list for a reason, very affordable, tons of nutrients, high protein, heathy fats, oh and also EAT THE YOKE, high cholesterol from eggs is a myth.
  • Peanut butter (I like adams, but it is a little more expensive, lots of healthy fats and protein!)
  • Dried brown or wild rice (so easy to cook!)
  • Black beans (look for low-sodium ones! Canned black beans are surprisingly nutrient dense, pack a ton of fiber, and they’re insanely affordable!)
  • Tuna (not a ton! It has a lot of mercury, I wouldn’t recommend more than 1 or 2 times a week)
  • Broccoli (One of the cheapest vegetables, I eat it almost every night, its king, and its affordable)
  • Bananas (A little high in sugar, but tons of potassium!)
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Oranges
  • Apples (You know what they say, an apple a day… Kudos if you can break one in half with your bare hands)
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach or kale (yayayayayyayayayaya, huge fan, throw them in smoothies)
  • Ground turkey (I like to look for deals at Safeway, like the 2 for $5 packs, and buy a bunch of them at a time, or the manager specials)
  • Pork
  • Frozen fruit (can be a little more pricey, but the convenience of it can’t be missed, easy way to get some fruits in your diet, make a smoothie, plenty of vitamins and minerals)
  • Chicken breast
  • Nancy’s yogurt (you can get big tubs of Nancy’s plain, its cheap and full of probiotics)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Milk
  • Avocado (can be expensive, but at Fred Meyer’s or Safeway they’ll sometimes have deals. Lots of healthy fats!)
  • Potatoes (I would go for either russet or sweet potatoes)
  • Carrots
  • Oatmeal (this one is a gimme, easy to make, insanely affordable, tons of fiber, very healthy)
  • Lentils
  • Quinoa
  • Canned Vegetables (studies have shown that canned fruits and vegetables have the same, if not more, nutrients and higher bioavailability than fresh foods, and that they’re more affordable)
  • Smoothies (I drink a smoothie every morning, its quick and easy, and it makes up 1/3 of my total calorie intake for the day, check out my recipe)

Tips:

  • Avoid sugary snack foods
  • Eat whole foods, avoid processed foods- they’re more expensive and unhealthy!
  • Buy in bulk
  • Buy calorie dense foods
  • Look for deals
  • Take the extra time to prepare
  • Snack on carrots and celery instead of chips or cookies
  • Eat simple
  • Be sure to get enough protein, healthy fats and fiber!

So that’s it! We now have no excuse to not eat healthy! You’re welcome 🙂

Got things you want to add? Comment below listing some of your favorite healthy options!

Got questions or concerns? Want a specific topic discussed? Don’t be afraid to reach out! I’ll respond as soon as I can. Stay healthy and stay functional my friends 🙂



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