Consuming nutritious food is important to our health, but can also be darn expensive. I could easily spend around $60.00 a week to eat healthy, but can’t really afford to do so very often. There is only one of me! It would be far less expensive to eat Ramen noodles and boxed mac and cheese, with cans of corn and peas, but I want better than that. I want fresh produce at each meal, along with some protein, because I feel better when I’m eating healthy.
So, how do I eat healthy while not spending $60.00 a week on food?
- I drink water.
- I drink tea.
- I make my own iced teas, lemonades, and fruit waters. No sugar, just some raw honey in the lemonade – and not even as much of that as most people seem to use.
- I have meat most meals, but don’t go overboard on the serving size. I fill in with more vegetables, usually carrots or celery, along with the vegetable servings I’m already consuming.
- I don’t use a lot of flour and other baking needs. I try to eat more fresh foods, less processed.
- I drink smoothies, using leftovers of fresh produce. Even vegetables! This way, I don’t waste anything.
- I try not to stuff myself too full.
- I use some leftovers in casseroles and meatloaf.
- I freeze every bit of food left over from meals and snacks, if it’s freezable and I know I wont use it right off. I even have little freezable containers that only hold a couple of tablespoons of food. And then I use them.
- I bring leftovers home after eating out, and use them to make new meals.
- I make slow cooker meals almost every week, enjoying the meal for dinner, then packing up the rest to bring to work so I don’t have to order out so much.
- I buy nut milks, but don’t drink them at every meal or even every day.
- I accept food items from those who offer. Fresh produce from my parents garden. Fresh eggs from Tam. Samples dropped off at work by local restaurants. Even if it isn’t healthy, it can be paired with very healthy sides. A treat once in a while is okay in my book.
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