Eating healthy is something that practically everyone would like to do in theory, but it suddenly becomes far more difficult in practice. This can be for any number of reasons including lack of time, ambition or even money.
With the way our food system has evolved, it is merely easier and cheaper to eat unhealthy than it is to track down and pay for the more nutritional options. A dollar can get you a cheeseburger, but it will rarely buy enough vegetables to fill you up.
With just a little preparation and research, you can find plenty of ways to eat healthy that are not only convenient but also possibly less expensive than your current diet. Listed below are some methods and tips that will save you both dollars and calories.
Drink Water, No Soda
Not only is soda absurdly unhealthy, it is also a comparatively expensive way to stay hydrated. Every day, millions of Americans drink sports drinks to hydrate themselves when water is better. Do you still think you need energy drinks? Add tea bags to your water, and you’ll have your daily dose of caffeine. Tea will also make your water taste better if you absolutely require flavor.
The simple fact is that nothing works better than water, and nothing is cheaper than water. Expensive filtration systems or individually bottled servings are unnecessary. Chances are your city or locality has an excellent filtration system in place, and you have an unlimited supply of free tap water. By drinking water, you can save thousands of calories and as much as fifty dollars a week.
Find Cheap and Lean Protein Options
Protein is an essential component of any healthy diet, and many people simply can’t get through a day without having at least one protein centered meal. Unfortunately, many such proteins are extremely expensive.
If you are looking to save money, shun the sirloin and look at other less costly options. Eggs, for example, are a great breakfast item. They are high in protein, extremely cheap, and full of vitamins. Want to make it even cheaper (and healthier)? Buy a chicken.
Canned tuna is also extremely high in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids (which few Americans get enough of these days). With some creativity, it can be used in casseroles or other dishes that are both delicious and nutritious.
Invest in a bag of whey protein. Seventy dollars will buy you a bag that will last for as much as five months, and it can be used in smoothies to make sure you are getting your recommended amount of protein and help keep you full. If you are looking to build muscle, then protein is an absolute home run.
Buy Frozen Vegetables For Discounts
Frozen vegetables take less time to prepare than fresh ones, and they can be easily stored until they are ready to be used. Unlike fresh vegetables, they have an extremely long shelf life, and they can be bought in bulk for a discount.
Often times, people simply convince themselves that they cannot afford vegetables, and they can consequentially live with a dire nutritional deficiency. Frozen vegetables are one simple and cheap way to avoid this.