As we all know and have experienced the effects of the recession and most of us have been cutting corners and trying to save money. While trying to feed ourselves and our families might be a tough task on a limited budget this does not mean that we should also cut back on many of the health benefits that nutritional foods provide. As much as most of us want to buy fresh fruits and vegetables that are organic and meats from animals that are grass fed, some of us don’t have that luxury because of money constraints. But this article will help list a few helpful ways that we can stay within our budget and also provide ourselves and our families the hearty and healthy nutritious foods that they deserve in order for their bodies to function properly and to stay healthy for years to come.
One of the easiest ways to cut back on foods cost while eating healthy is to cut back on junk foods and foods that we don’t need by simply not purchasing them and eliminating them out of the household This will not only help save money for foods that are nutritious but will also cut down on calorie intake and eating snacks that are full of sugar, sodium and processed ingredients. With the empty calories that processed foods and snacks provide it will leave us hungry for real food.
Eating less meat is also a good way to go around having to break the bank while going shopping. Buying meats less often we can save money and purchase hormone-free, free-range, grass-fed, organic meats. As this is a higher cost and eliminating meat might not be a good option and the proteins and nutrients that are in meat should be part of a healthy diet. Buying quality meats and stretching the ingredients a little bit further but purchasing quality products is an excellent way to balance the overall costs.
Finding alternatives and substitutes to meats is not only a budget saving idea but it can also be nutritious as well. For example, purchasing inexpensive grains and legumes can replace many meats and add a substance and presence to a meal just like meat can. Also, the nutritious benefits of beans are also an additional benefit.
As we know that sometimes purchasing an item in a bigger size is a better value than purchasing in the regular packaging. Purchasing grains, rice, pastas, flour, sugar and dried fruits can bring upon many savings. Usually there will be a special section of the supermarket that has foods in bulk packaging, this not only saves the company money on packaging but also passes the savings on to the consumer. Shopping at many of the warehouse stores might also be an alternative option for some and will be well worth the monthly/yearly membership cost.
Most of us have a local farmer’s market, which is a group of farmer’s and growers who organically grow fruits and vegetables and sell them at this given marketplace. Checking the local paper or calling the local city office and asking for information on when and where this marketplace occurs is a good idea. Another helpful tip would be to eat fruits and veggies that are in season as this will prevent any preservation having to be done in order to keep the produce fresher for longer. Seasonal foods will not only taste better but will also be more nutritious as they are the best of quality.
By keeping some of these helpful tips in mind and making the adjustments needed and buying healthier foods we can not only save money and keep within our budgets but also make sure that we are eating healthy and getting the nutrition that our body needs. By replacing snacks with fresh fruits and veggies and by replacing soda with sparkling water or plain water we are making steps towards making a positive change in the way we feel and the way we look. We must remember that eating fresh and healthy doesn’t have to come at a premium price and we are responsible for our health and well-being and one way in making sure that we are achieving this is eating the best of foods.