Hi guys, I am glad to be starting the month of May with a new post. I have been working on improving the blog and I am sure you have noticed the
subtle changes…there is more to come. Today I’ll be discussing eating healthy on a budget.
So for this post, I’ll have to emphasize on the term ‘budget’. Budget here refers to having a limit to the amount you are willing to spend on food. It doesn’t really matter if you are a student, a working class lady/guy or a multimillionaire. Cos’ even millionaires would not want to
squander spend their fortune on food right? I’m gonna share with you the basics of eating healthy and on a budget too. Yes, eating healthy could be expensive, but it could be done on a budget.
The first step is to make up your mind that you need to step up your food game, set your budget, then make your shopping list. If you are like me, then you may want to set a weekly budget. Otherwise, it could be daily or monthly. For those of you asking what about yearly budgets…I think that’s a bit far-fetched. I mean, would you really be able to plan for what you would eat at the end of the year?
To properly plan your budget, you need to think of what you would eat the whole week. It’s not difficult, so don’t get discouraged yet.
I’ll give you an example, before I make my shopping list for the week, I scan my kitchen for food items/ingredients I can use and I avoid adding those to my list. I automatically, add fruits for the week; maybe 3 apples, 1 pineapple and some bananas to my list. I also add items for tomato sauce, … pasta, some red meat, sausages and plantain.
I don’t want this post to be lengthy, so I’ll finish it with the Ten points below
- Drink lots of water. Yes, water is an integral part of the food we eat. The average amount of water an adult human should drink per day is 2 litres. I must confess though that I don’t drink that much water … yet, but I’m working on it and so should you. In addition to being healthy and refreshing, water fills you up your tummy and prevents you from eating excessively. Ergo, you save money.
- Eat fruits and/or vegetables daily. We know certain fruits are quite expensive in certain countries, but you don’t have to go for those exotic fruits. You can try fruits like pineapples (you don’t have to eat a whole pineapple in a day), oranges, bananas, mangoes and apples. These fruits tend to be available all year round and they are affordable too.
- Reduce the amount of times you eat out, try home cooking. Home cooking not only saves you money, but it also provides the opportunity to eat nutrient-enriched foods. It’s no secret that some restaurants and fast food joints use food colourings, artificial flavours, sweeteners and what nots to improve the appearance and taste of their food, so avoid them as much as you can. I usually do my cooking on weekends because I don’t have the time to cook during the week.
- Store your home cooked meals properly to avoid them going bad. If they go bad, say good bye to time and money.
- Don’t shop when you are hungry.
“If you go to the grocery store hungry, you are more likely to stray from your grocery list and buy something on impulse”
- Cut down on the junk food. Yes, soda counts as junk food. Just 2 weeks ago, I decided to try out making my own drinks for a week. I can say without a doubt that I have saved me some money and I also avoided ingesting the artificial flavours in those drinks. Before I made this decision, I realised I was buying malt and coke by the bu*tt load and yeah I should know better, so I decided to try homemade fruit juices and it was a wise decision.
- Buy produce and provisions in larger quantities. This applies to items you can store in the pantry for quite a long time. For example, it may be cheaper buying a 5L gallon of oil than just 250mls of oil. It may also be cheaper buying a big bag of rice than buying just a few cups of rice.
- Take your meals along with you. If you know you will be out of the house during lunch, you should consider packing lunch with you. Remember to include vegetable portions in your lunch.
- Shop at markets rather than supermarkets. Generally, items are cheaper in the markets, so you should ask around for the places to get a good bargain. Don’t rule out supermarkets just yet, you might find a better bargain for a particular food produce in there.
- Lastly, do not be too strict on yourself, so give yourself space to err and make adjustments.
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