Advertising
Advertising

8 Ways to Eat Healthy Even If You’re on a Budget

8 Ways to Eat Healthy Even If You’re on a Budget

Trying to eat healthy on a budget can be challenging. A lot of the food and recipes you see on websites occasionally require expensive ingredients, and that can be hassle, especially if you have to feed a family. Here are some tips on how to eat healthy even when you’re on a budget.

1. Learn the art of couponing.

eat healthy

    Coupons can save you a ton of money on food every month. It can be difficult to get started because there are so many sources for coupons. Once you get into the flow, it not only gets easier, but you’ll also be able to save money on food that would usually be out of your price range. Here’s a website to help you get started. Some people have boasted that they save up to 50%–90% on food, and when you’re saving that much, you can splurge on more expensive food.

    2. Buy in bulk.

    Advertising

    eat healthy

      It may seem like you’re buying more than you need, but buying in bulk can save you tons of money. At my local grocery store, Giant Eagle, I can get several pounds of frozen veggies for $5 and that can last for weeks depending on how many people you need to feed. You can buy ridiculous amounts of beans and rice on the cheap. The more you buy, the cheaper it gets. Yes, those Rice-A-Roni boxes seem like a deal at $1, but you can buy several pounds of rice for a couple of bucks more. Rice-A-Roni is also packed with sodium and regular rice can be spiced to your tastes.

      3. Prepare to cook the meals.

      eat healthy

        Microwave dinners and precooked food seem like a great idea and a time saver. However, those foods are generally bad for you. Cooking the food yourself may take longer but you can control what goes in it and you can choose to make it healthy. Plus, with all the bulk food you’re getting from our last tip, you’ll have plenty of ingredients to cook.

        4. Buy generic food brands.

        Advertising

        eat healthy

          There comes a point where it’s the same thing in a different box and you’re just paying a premium for the right to say you bought the brand name food. This is especially true for cereal. You can get the same cereal for half off by buying off-brand and they taste pretty much the same. Not all foods are good for you, and that means not all off-brand foods are good for you. However, stuff like low (or no) sugar cereal can be pretty decent.

          5. Stop buying bottled water.

          eat healthy

            Bottled water doesn’t seem like it’s expensive but it adds up. Let’s say you buy only $1 worth of bottled water a day. That’s $350 per year (rounded down). You could easily save that money by using a water pitcher (with a filter) and using a re-usable water bottle. With that extra money, you can go buy more food! Plus, those cheaply made plastic bottles really aren’t good for you.

            6. Obey the psychological rules of grocery shopping.

            Advertising

            eat healthy

              Grocery shopping isn’t always about the physical things. Sometimes it’s about the mental things. With that in mind, you should attempt to exercise the following tips. You should eat before going to the store because you’re more likely to be pragmatic about your decisions when you’re not hungry. You should shop alone because it cuts down on impulse buys from your kids and your husband/wife. Lastly, you should try to make at least a core list and stick to it.

              7. Stop buying take out all the time.

              eat healthy

                Every time you go eat fast food, order a pizza, order take out, or even drop a dollar in the vending machine, you are undermining your food budget. If you eat out once a week for $10, that’s $520 per year you’re spending on eating out. Don’t get us wrong, it’s good to treat yourself every now and then. However, if you’re reading this then you probably have a tight budget.

                8. Try to grow some of your own food.

                Advertising

                eat healthy

                  Let’s be honest: planting a garden isn’t going to work miracles on your food budget, but it will help a little bit, especially if you plant the right things. Herbs and spices take very little space to grow and you can grow and dry enough to last you for years. Things like peppers and tomatoes are great to grow in most climates and you can use those in almost any food dish. If the garden is big enough, you can grow enough to save yourself a little bit of money. Plus, the stuff you grow is typically going to be good for you. You’re not growing processed foods high in sodium and trans fats.

                  Most people already don’t spend that much on food so we know the budgets are probably pretty tight. Using these tips, you can make your buck go a little bit further and eat less garbage. Your body and your wallet will thank you for it!

                  Featured photo credit: Static via static.squarespace.com

                  More by this author

                  Joseph Hindy

                  A writer, editor, and YouTuber who likes to share about technology and lifestyle tips.

                  12 Inspirational Speeches That Teach You the Most Valuable Life Lessons 10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know 15 Most Effective Cool Down Exercises For Every Workout 10 Things Guys Love That You Didn’t Expect 20 Google Search Tips to Use Google More Efficiently

                  Trending in Money

                  1 40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5 2 Life Insurance: A Secure Way To Protect Your Future. 3 How To Save Money On Groceries: 13 Quick Tips 4 10 Investment Tips For Beginners 5 Top 6 Hacks on How To Build Credit Fast

                  Read Next

                  Advertising
                  Advertising
                  Advertising

                  Last Updated on April 19, 2021

                  40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                  40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                  Ever had those moments where you really wanted to eat something delicious and healthy but didn’t have the financials means to do so? Whether you’re a student or parent, this compilation of 40 great, healthy, and inexpensive recipes will make every night special and help you get fit! No more meals where you have to force the food down! It’s time to make that budget your best friend and turn it into great recipes. Enjoy!

                  1. Fish Tacos in Crunchy Shells ($3.56 per serving)

                  Is there a better way to end the day than a Fish Taco dinner filled with protein and nutrients and is easy on the wallet? This recipe calls for a boys’ or girls’ night in front of a good movie or game.

                  3080

                    2. Mini-Meatball Noodle Soup ($3.43 per serving)

                    We’ve heard of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs recipes, but imagine having that same meatball goodness in a soup? It’s like Christmas in a bowl. Healthy, warm, and only $3.43 per serving.

                    3069_0

                      3. Spaghetti and (Vegan) Meatballs ($2.13 per serving)

                      Now it’s time to look at the traditional spaghetti and meatballs recipe, but with a little twist: vegan meatballs. This way, you can enjoy the Italian tradition without adding on the extra calories. I’m sold!

                      3074_0

                        4. Kabocha Squash and Lentils ($3.12 per serving)

                        Absolutely delicious way to end the day with a Kabocha Squash and lentils dinner. The beauty of this recipe is that you can actually make many other things from the mixture, from dips to full-on meals. All under $5 per serving.

                        Photo-Oct-26-21-e1414441326306-225x300

                          5. Baked Coconut Lentils ($0.91 per serving)

                          Coconuts are always a good idea, but it doesn’t have to be eaten only for dessert or breakfast. With this great recipe, you can now eat a lunch or dinner filled proteins and a coconut twist. Yum!

                          3077_0

                            6. Easy Marinated Roasted Chicken ($3.40 per serving)

                            We love chicken and at less than $5 per serving, we are in heaven with this recipe. Add some vegetables and rice on the side and you’ve got yourself a full meal!

                            3078_1

                              7. Organic Greens and Goat Cheese Gratin ($2.36 per serving)

                              This is absolutely divine. You get in your healthy greens and your fat macros with this great recipe. Takes only a few minutes to make and it’s easy on the wallet. Bon Appetite!

                              Advertising

                              3068

                                8. Beef Pot Roast ($3.22 per serving)

                                One word: perfect. This meal will warm your insides and fill you up with the high protein content.

                                3079

                                  9. Fajita-Style Quesadillas ($0.43 per serving)

                                  If you want to eat Mexican tonight but want to stay in your budget, this Quesadilla recipe is your best friend. It’s tasty and filled with healthy ingredients for less than a dollar per serving.

                                  R172184.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                    10. Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream ($2.82 per serving)

                                    Another great lunch idea for the busy days ahead. Prep this in the morning or the night before and you’ve got yourself a healthy and cheap lunch meal!

                                    R131419.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                      11. Beef and Black Bean Chili ($1.36 per serving)

                                      Might not look like much, but this amazing chili is actually extremely healthy for you. The protein from the beef and the carbs from the black beans will fill you up in no time, and keep you full for a long period of time. Delicious and warm, just right for the winter!

                                      RU193781.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                        12. Crispy Fish and Peppers ($2.18 per serving)

                                        Amazing recipe for anyone looking to change up their meals while keeping their macros in check and not going overboard on spending. Satisfies your crunch tooth (see what I did there?) and gives you all the protein you need to stay full and lean.

                                        R150828.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                          13. Vegetarian Gumbo ($1.50 per serving)

                                          You have the perfect macro mix here with the carbs, fats, and proteins. At less than $5 per serving, you’ve got yourself a meal that will last for the whole week!

                                          R058526.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                            14. Mexican White Bean Soup ($0.99 per serving)

                                            With the cold weather creeping in, it’s not a surprise that soups are coming back in style. This great Mexican White Bean Soup dish will keep you warm for winter without making a hole in your pocket.

                                            RU191493.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                              15. Black Beans with Mango & Cilantro ($0.38 per serving)

                                              Mangoes make every dish a little bit sweeter, which is why we absolutely love this recipe. A normal rice and bean dish might be a little meh, but add the sugary taste of mangoes and you’ve got yourself a party!

                                              Advertising

                                              Black-Bean-Cilantro-Mango

                                                16. Bean Burritos ($0.71 per serving)

                                                If you’re having people over tonight and don’t want to spend too much time or money on food, this dish is a great option! You can even cut up the burritos into pieces and make finger foods while everyone’s watching the game or gossiping.

                                                IMG_4791

                                                  17. Five-Spice Beef Kabobs ($2.43 per serving)

                                                  The spices in this recipes add a delicious twist to the beef kabobs, which is definitely worth trying!

                                                  RU173795.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                    18. Cornmeal Crusted Pork ($1.92 per serving)

                                                    If you like the fried crunch but want to opt for a healthier alternative, cornmeal is your man. This healthy recipe will satisfy all your fried desires without making you pop open your pant’s button.

                                                    R102170.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                      19. Chicken, Tomato & Cucumber Dinner Salad ($2.57 per serving)

                                                      Easy to do, extremely healthy, and super delicious. A must-try!

                                                      RU172118.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                        20. Lentil Soup with Beef and Red Pepper ($1.90 per serving)

                                                        I can’t believe how cheap this meal is, especially for all the nutrients it contains. You can make a big pot on Sunday night and divide it into small portions to last you a whole week.

                                                        RU202653.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                          21. Smoky Mushroom Stroganoff ($1.90 per serving)

                                                          Craving pasta but not sure what to top it off with? How about smoky mushrooms with a twist?

                                                          R131417.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                            22. White Bean Tuna Salad ($1.36 per serving)

                                                            You can add this White Bean Tuna Salad in your sandwich or just eat it as-is for a quick lunch on a busy day.

                                                            RU206151.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                              23. Sausage Eggwiches ($0.80 per serving)

                                                              Who says you have to eat fast food to get an eggwich? This delicious recipe will give you an amazingly healthy eggwich for less than a dollar per portion. Can you say Breakfast?

                                                              Advertising

                                                              Sausage-Eggwiches

                                                                24. Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad ($1.17 per serving)

                                                                Great snack to add to a movie-night with friends. You don’t have to use chemically-processed salsas anymore, you can now use this homemade salad for your chip dips.

                                                                Baja-Cali-Black-Bean-Salad-1024x682

                                                                  25. Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce ($2.24 per serving)

                                                                  Italians always knew how to make carbs look good! This delicious Gnocchi recipe will give your lunch a whole new meaning. Easy to make and only $2.24 per serving.

                                                                  RU173796.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                                    26. Vegetable Lasagna ($1.73 per serving)

                                                                    If you were looking for a healthy lasagna, you’ve just found it. At under $5 per serving, you can fill yourself up right away without putting on the extra calories.

                                                                    R090413.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                                      27. Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wraps ($2.05 per serving)

                                                                      Don’t know what to make for lunch this week? How about delicious chicken wraps with a healthy ranch? This recipe will make all your lunches, even the quick ones, healthy and colorful.

                                                                      R105114.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                                        28. Quinoa with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                        A dish that has quinoa and brussel sprouts can’t be unhealthy, it just can’t, which is why this dish is one to keep in the books. Easy to make, healthy, and will keep you full for a long period of time.

                                                                        Quinoa-Brussels-Sprouts

                                                                          29. Butternut Squash Chili ($1.04 per serving)

                                                                          You don’t need meat to make chili now that you have this recipe! It’s 100% healthy, filling, and smells absolutely delicious.

                                                                          Butternut-Squash-Chili

                                                                            30. Fast Shrimp Bisque ($2.03 per serving)

                                                                            Seafood doesn’t have to be expensive if you know how to do it right, and this fast shrimp bisque is a great recipe to try if you’re in the mood for some seafood!

                                                                            RU170895.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                                              31. Chicken-Noodle Casserole ($0.98 per serving)

                                                                              Looks divine doesn’t it? This super easy to make dish will satisfy all your taste buds without burning a hole in your wallet or adding a few extra numbers on the scale.

                                                                              Advertising

                                                                              RU161399.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                                                32. Burrito Cups ($1.18 per serving)

                                                                                Entertaining someone tonight and don’t know what to make as appetizers? These burrito cups are a great alternative to chips or other greasy finger foods. All you need to enjoy it is a spoon and a cup.

                                                                                burrito-cups-1

                                                                                  33. Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Pasta ($2.45 per serving)

                                                                                  Another impressive shrimp recipe under $5 per serving. The lemon-dill twist adds a great taste to the dish.

                                                                                  RU172115.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                                                    34. Potato Frittata ($0.87 per serving)

                                                                                    If you want to eat potatoes for breakfast but still want it to be healthy, this is the recipe for you. At under a dollar per serving, this potato frittata will make you see potatoes in a whole new light.

                                                                                    RU170901.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                                                      35. Grilled Pork and Pineapple ($2.67 per serving)

                                                                                      Meat and fruits? Oh, yes. The juiciness of the pork mixed with the liquid sugar in the pineapple will make you wish you knew about it sooner.

                                                                                      R104031.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                                                        36. Greek Honey-Lemon Pork Chops ($2.15 per serving)

                                                                                        Another splendid recipe mixing sweet and salty for a healthy meal. Easy to make and absolutely mouthwatering.

                                                                                        RU187523.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                                                          37. Jamaican Pork Stir-Fry ($2 per serving)

                                                                                          You can add this healthy stir-fry to any dish as a side or amply enjoy it as-is for lunch or dinner. You can even make a wrap sandwich out of it if you’re in a rush to eat.

                                                                                          RU170642.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                                                            38. Herbed Salmon ($2.49 per serving)

                                                                                            Salmon contains a healthy dose of fats that will boost your metabolism, lower inflammation, and make you happier. At under $5 per serving, need I say more?

                                                                                            R166367.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                                                              39. Five-Spice Pork Kabobs ($1.96 per serving)

                                                                                              Exquisite recipe under $5 per serving that will most definitely awe everyone at your dinner party.

                                                                                              R166368.jpg.rendition.largest.ss

                                                                                                40. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Mango-Black Bean Salsa ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                                                You don’t have to eat sweet potatoes alone anymore with this flavorful recipe.

                                                                                                stuffed-sweet-potatoes

                                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Featured Photo Credit: 5 Dollar Dinners via 5dollardinners.com

                                                                                                  Read Next