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Healthy Meals On a Budget

By Karina Hammer, Certified Holistic Wellness Coach

Healthy Meals  On a BudgetIn recent years, grocery prices have skyrocketed.  Here are some tricks to pinching pennies at the grocery store, while still enjoying nutritious and delicious food:

Eat more beans – Beans are wildly economical and versatile. Beans are also a rich source of protein and fiber.

Vegetarian Meals – Eat more vegetarian meals than meat-based meals. Not only are fruits, vegetables and beans less expensive than meat, they provide more enzymes, fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are generally considered to be integral to a healthy diet.

Chop your veggies – Spend more time than money. In other words, cruise by the convenience foods. Buy a head of romaine lettuce and cut it yourself rather than buying pre-packaged salads.

Buy in bulk – Bulk bean, grains, fruits, vegetables and meats.  You can buy from a bulk distributor or at your local health food store to save money with less packaging.

Go local – Buy as many local foods as possible. Produce from local farmers is much fresher and usually less expensive since it spends far less time being transported to your plate.

Cook once, eat twice – Make larger quantities of a meal and eat it for lunch the following day.

Don’t shop while you’re hungry – You’ll be tempted to stray from your weekly budget with unnecessary items such as potato chips and cookies. Eat a healthy snack like a handful of almonds or a piece of fruit right before shopping.

Don’t Stress Out Over Food – Maintaining balance and stress can be a challenge. If you find yourself feeling anxious or overwhelmed when it comes to household spending, try planning your grocery shopping list by using these budget friendly tips before your next supermarket trip. You will be eating healthier, spending less and creating balance at the same time.

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