With the rise of food prices, getting in a nutritious meal can be difficult. Fortunately for us and contrary to popular belief, cheap eats aren’t necessarily unhealthy or expensive. For starters, cut costs by eating more meals at home – preparing dishes with nutrient-rich foods like whole grains, vegetables, and beans. Next…
1. Buy whole foods – Avoid anything that comes from a box. Not only are unprocessed foods tastier and more nutritious, but they’re easier on your pockets.
2. Buy cheap proteins — Build and maintain fat burning muscle with affordable proteins like eggs (7g protein/egg), whey (24g protein/30g serving), tuna (40g protein/can), frozen chicken breast (25g/4oz), and cottage cheese (12g protein/100g).
3. Buy frozen fruits and veggies – There are few things worse than stocking up on fresh fruits and veggies only to watch them melt and mold within days of purchase. Frozen goods have an infinite shelf date (when stored properly). Not to mention, they are nearly half the cost of fresh goods.
4. Don’t get caught up on brand names – Try generic brands for raw foods like rice, pasta, eggs, milk, beans, frozen fruits and veggies. Not only do they (usually) contain the same ingredients and taste great — they’ll save you money on packaging and catchy advertising.
5. Buy in bulk – Take advantage of promotions by stocking up on healthy carbs like brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and oats that are easy to store and have a great shelf life!