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How to Eat Healthier on a Budget




Hello, my loves! If you're like me, then eating healthy foods can be a bit of a struggle, especially if you spend money faster than you can get it (sigh). Even if you're not perpetually broke, you may think that eating healthy costs a fortune, which is completely not true! There are so many amazing, good-for-you foods that are available to you at modest (and sometimes cheap) prices. All eating healthier will require of you is a bit of time and dedication, and soon you'll be on your way to living the super healthy life you deserve.

Here are just a few things you can do every week to ensure that you get some solid nutrients without breaking the bank.

Seasonal/Frozen/On-Sale

Seasonal fruits and vegetables are great to buy and easier to find because they're seasonal. They're often on sale and can be found at some of your local farmer's markets, depending on where you live. I love to buy my vegetables frozen because they last sooo much longer in the freezer, which means there's no rush to eat all of your vegetables and fruit before they go bad. These things are also on sale often, which helps you stock up and always have a stash of healthy eats on hand.

Meal Prep

Knowing exactly what you'll be eating throughout the week will help you save money while shopping. How? Instead of buying whatever looks great on the shelves (which is so many things I just want to live in the grocery store lol), you're more focused on what you need. Meal prep also leads to my next tip, which is to:

Bring food from home

Instead of eating out whenever you are at work or school, you can bring your own breakfast/lunch/dinner. Not only will you be saving more money every month, you'll also know what exactly goes into your food and control how healthy it is. You can include vegetables, fruits, and whatever foods that will fill you up with energy to tackle the rest of your day. Confession: I love eating out, so much so that I did that everyday this past semester. Although it's fun to try new foods and great to not have to make anything, making and bringing my own food from home would have saved me money and helped me to eat healthier instead of trying to justify french fries as being healthy.

By the way, a lot of the fast food places are packed with sodium, even the places you'd think are healthy. I went months on end eating from some places that I swore up and down were healthy, then remembered that the way some restaurants and fast food companies prepare their foods are LOADED with sodium, along with other not so great chemicals. So please, save yourself from heavily processed and potentially unhealthy foods and try bringing in your own a couple of times a week. Your leftovers are sure to be a lot healthier than anything you can buy at a food place (I'm looking at you chain restaurants), and can be better for your health in the long run.

Price compare

I know, this may be time consuming and kind of annoying, but it saves money. Before heading out to any grocery store, look at the circulars your stores have and see what great things you can buy for the week that are on sale. One store may be having a sale on frozen brown rice, while the other may have fresh fruit at a lower price. I had to learn this the hard way when I was looking for blueberries. At Publix they were on sale for $3.99, so I'm thinking "What a bargain," smirking at the price while putting it in my cart. When I went to Walmart a few days later, the price of blueberries there were $2.98, and I was shocked. To think I could have saved money and bought my berries from one place rather than the other. Despite how annoying this may be, it pays to look around and shop with your wallet and health in mind.

Do you have more tips on how to eat healthier? If so, leave a comment below (I'd love to learn from you. We're all on this health journey together!).


With love,














Sabrina
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