– Being on a budget and eating healthy might not sound like they go hand-in-hand, but they still can. If you are trying to switch to a cleaner diet with less processed and packaged foods, here are some tips for doing that while also sticking to your food budget.
1. Avoid Processed and Packaged Food
– As you probably know, when you eat clean, you eat mostly whole foods that aren’t processed or packaged. You will also do this when you are on a budget, as it not only helps you eat clean, but also can save your money.
– Whole foods are simply foods in their most natural form. This includes beans, rice, and pasta in bags before being soaked, rinsed, or mixed with other ingredients. Produce is purchased whole and fresh or frozen, instead of pre-sliced in packages in the produce section.
2. Base Your Meals Around Budget-Friendly Foods
– For your clean eating meals, choose budget-friendly foods in their whole or natural forms, and build your meals from those. Some clean ingredients that are also inexpensive include:
- Oats (not flavored)
- Quinoa and barley
- Canned tomatoes
- Frozen vegetables
- Canned tuna
3. Don’t Worry About Food That is Trendy
– When it comes to clean eating or diets in general, companies come out with a lot of trendy products and claim they are the next best thing with a healthy diet. But most of the time, they are completely unnecessary. While nice to have occasionally as a treat, they aren’t required for a healthy diet. You don’t need to add turmeric to your smoothies, or get truffles for your meals. You can have clean, healthy meals without these types of foods.
4. Buy Bulk When You Can
– Lastly, try to buy more than you need from the store, and freeze the leftovers. While on a budget, do this when something is on sale that you know you will use in the near future. Every time you go to the store for a specific ingredient, see if it is on sale if you buy more than one. If this fits within your food budget, buy more than one, and save the extra. If it is cheese, meat or seafood, poultry, or produce, it can be frozen and used later.
– Eating clean is entirely possible if you are on a budget, as long as you use the bulk of your money on whole, clean foods and not anything processed or packaged for convenience.
– Hoping to join you next time to better inform you!