$even Ways To $ave When Eating Healthy

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Ryan Day Coaching

Hope you had a good week and have already made some solid progress on your Christmas shopping (because I sure haven’t).  With those Christmas gift purchases adding up, you might feel a little squeezed in other areas of your finances, so today we’ll look at how to keep eating healthy without burning a hole in our wallets. No sense in wasting any more time – let’s get into it.

1. Embrace the Sales

One of the BEST ways to save money on fresh produce or meat is by shopping the sales. Most grocery stores have weekly specials, and by planning your meals around what’s on sale, you can enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables (which is awesome for giving your body some nutrient diversity) while staying within your budget. Seasonal produce is not only more affordable but also tends to be fresher and more flavorful.

2. Buy in Bulk

Consider purchasing your food in bulk. Costco or Sam’s can be your best friend here. I get all my meat at Costco and freeze it for later.  For the non-perishable stuff, this will include your staples like rice, beans, oats, and quinoa. Buying in larger quantities can significantly reduce the cost per unit, making it a cost-effective strategy for the long run.

3. Frozen is Fantastic

Don’t overlook the frozen aisle! Frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh ones, and they often come at a lower price point. Plus, they last longer, reducing the likelihood of waste. You can use frozen produce in smoothies, stir-fries, and as side dishes.

Bonus tip: Costco sells huge bags of organic blueberries that I use in my oatmeal every morning.  They’re cheaper than fresh blueberries AND cool your oatmeal down so you can eat it faster! Whoop!

4. Plan Your Meals

Impulse food purchases add up so fast, but they’re easy to avoid with some proper planning. Create a weekly meal plan to help you stay organized and ensure you only buy what you need.

Also – Don’t forget to check your pantry and fridge before heading to the store to avoid unnecessary purchases. Planning your meals in advance allows you to make a shopping list, helping you stick to healthy choices and prevent impulse buys.

Bonus tip: Don’t go to the grocery store hungry. You’re way more likely to impulse-buy snacks when everything in the store looks appetizing because you’re starving.

5. DIY Snacks and Convenience Foods

Pre-packaged snacks and convenience foods can also add up fast. Instead, consider making your own snacks and meals. For example, buying the ingredients for trail mix and making a huge batch of it is usually more cost-effective than buying the pre-made ones.  Plus, you get to pick what you want in it which is an added benefit. Simple swaps like this can make a big difference over time.

6. Explore Affordable Proteins

Protein is crucial for overall health, but it doesn’t have to be a budget-buster. In addition to buying protein in bulk, opting for ground beef and chicken thighs over steak and chicken breasts can save you some dollars. These options are also really versatile and can be used in a ton of different recipes. Plus, does anybody actually enjoy eating chicken breasts every single day? Yuck.

One of my favorite cheap, high-protein options: a pound of ground beef with taco seasoning and a can of black beans.  Mix it up with some white rice (also cheap) and eat some vegetables on the side.

7. Cook in Batches

Cooking in batches not only saves time but money as well. Prepare larger portions and freeze the extras for future meals. This can prevent the temptation to order takeout or grab something quick but less healthy on busy days. Knowing “we have food at home” makes us more likely to just eat that rather than picking up Chick-fil-A on the way home.

Eating healthy on a budget is not only achievable but easier than most people think. By embracing sales, planning your meals, and making smart choices at the grocery store, you’ll nourish your body without compromising your health or financial goals (and you’ll leave a little extra in the bank for holiday spending).

Remember, your health is an investment, and it’s okay to get creative to make it work for your budget. Like anything, the more you practice, the better you’ll get at it. I’d love to hear if you have any tips I left out.