Tips Healthy Eating
Growing up I often heard people complain about the costs of eating and living healthy. Therefore, I always thought it was impossible to eat cheaply and eat/live healthy at the same time. Even though part of this is definitely true, I have learned some tips and tricks over the past few years that have enabled me to eat healthy on a budget. It is definitely not easy, but it is definitely possible. Here are a few of my top tips to use:
1.) choose cheap - choose what healthy food is cheap in your area. For example, oatmeal is very cheap here in the Netherlands (and in most countries I believe). It only costs about 80 cents per kilogram (= about 1/2 lbs). Moreover, rice is quite cheap to buy here as well, especially if you buy it in bulk from the local Asian or Middle Eastern store - conventional supermarkets tend to be more expensive.
2.) dried beans and spices - dried beans are a lot less expensive than the ones in cans or jars and they are a lot healthier! In my region, the conventional supermarkets often don’t sell dried beans in bulk and if they do, they sell it in small packages for a lot of money. Therefore, again, I like to go to the Middle Eastern supermarkets to buy them cheaply. These bags last me a long time as well! Same goes for spices. In our conventional supermarkets, they sell spices for which you pay a lot of money and get a very little amount. Often you pay 2-3eur just for 30gr! However, at the ‘exotic’ supermarkets, they often sell the same spices in a lot better quality and a much higher quantity (around 250gr) for the same price! Moreover, spices are essential if you want to eat healthy as they are the most important flavor-makers that will make you enjoy your meal (more).
3.) buy your veggies smart - a vegetable in itself often isn’t very expensive. However, if you want to eat 250gr+ per person per day, the costs tend to add up. Therefore, it is important to be smart about buying your vegetables. For example, here it is cheaper to buy your vegetables at the farmers markets than in the supermarkets. But we also have the option of buying pre-packaged and pre-cut vegetable mixes. Such mixes mostly cost 1-2eur for 400-600gr of veggies. Not only is this super convenient (laziness for the win! - or just being busy), it also helps you get a lot more variety in your diet. Win-win!
4.) don’t overeat - this is a thing probably most of us struggle with, me included. I like my snacks okay! However, most of us probably eat more than we really have to. Therefore, if you’re on a tight budget, it is important to truly evaluate your eating habits and see what you can change. I really like eating these super healthy but super expensive protein-nut-bars and they are (sadly) one of the first things I have to lose if I want to cut down my costs. But your ‘little extra’ doesn’t even have to be expensive. Even inexpensive things add up in the end, so if you’re squeezing your money, you better let go of the extra’s - sorry. Nobody ever said it is easy to be on a budget!
These are my tips for today and I really hoped they helped. Do you have experience in having to economize or do you have any additional tips you like to share? Let me know!