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Sometimes when you talk about healthy eating, people will comment that they can’t afford to eat healthy. It’s true- fresh fruits and vegetables will probably cost more than a box of macaroni and cheese or ramen noodles. However, your body needs proper nutrition to live, so the real question is: how can you afford NOT to eat healthy?

Today I wanted to share some tips on inexpensive healthy eating and some great recipes that use healthier ingredients that won’t break the bank. I know that everyone has a different definition of what healthy means (low calories, high nutrients, low fat, low sodium, low sugar, or all the above, etc.) these recipes below are some that I would consider healthy.

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Some tips for eating healthy on a budget:
1. Buy in bulk, especially when it comes to meat.
I love to buy large bags of frozen chicken breasts because I can usually get them for half the price. I just keep them in my freezer and pull out the amount of chicken breasts that I need for each recipe.

2. Junk food is expensive.
All the drinks, snacks, crackers, cookies, and sugar-filled treats add up. When you are craving something sweet, grab an apple or banana. You’ll save yourself unnecessary calories and give your body nutrients it needs.

3. Take one hour each week and plan out your meals.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. After a long day of work or school, the last thing that you want to do is figure out what to make for dinner. However, if you already planned out your meals, you know exactly that you need to make and have all the ingredients on hand. It will save you a trip to the drive thru at a local fast food place, which not only saves you money, but all those calories and fat.

4. Prepare your food in bulk.
At the beginning of each week, I will grill up a couple chicken breasts or even throw a couple in the slow cooker. That way, when I need a quick meal, I can throw the pre-cooked chicken on a salad, in a pita, in a wrap, or just eat it as is.

5. Go grocery shopping on a full stomach.
I know it’s something that you have heard many times, but it’s true- if you are hungry, you will most likely impulse buy a lot of items you don’t need. Also, make a list and stick to it. Don’t even go down aisles that you don’t need anything from.

6. Don’t worry about brand names.
Many generic or store brands are made in the same exact plant as brand name items and just labeled differently for a fraction of the cost.

7. Buy what’s in season.
Fruits and vegetables peak at different times throughout the year and will be priced according to their availability, so stock up on what’s in season.

8. Shop local.
If you have a farmer’s market that takes place close to you, I highly recommend you visit it! You can get amazing fresh produce and food at a great price, plus you are supporting local businesses, which is always a plus!

9. Buy frozen or canned food.
If certain fruits and veggies are out of season, buying frozen or canned varieties is a great alternative. Canned or frozen items have a much longer shelf-life than fresh, so you can buy them in bulk if they are on sale and not have to worry about them going bad. Many frozen and canned vegetables are equally as nutritious as their fresh versions. However, keep in mind that canned food usually contains more preservatives, salt and sugar than fresh fruits and vegetables. For canned items, the USDA recommends choosing fruit canned in 100 percent fruit juice, and vegetables labeled “low sodium” or “no salt added.”

10. Make more and eat leftovers throughout the week.
I love this idea because it also is such a great time saver! Double or triple your recipe, package it up in appropriate serving-size containers, and you have a quick on-the-go meal ready at your convenience!

25 Healthy Recipes that won’t break your budget:

Each of the following recipes can make about 4 servings for around $10. At about $2.50per serving, even a kid’s meal from a fast food place can’t be that price!

(Click the link below each picture to be taken to the recipe)

Grilled Pineapple Chicken

Baked Chicken Fajitas

Balsamic Grilled Pork Chops

Whole Wheat English Muffin Veggie Pizza

Honey Glazed Grilled Chicken

10 Minute Stir-Fry Chicken and Vegetables

Honey Lime Grilled Chicken

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Southwest Stuffed Red Peppers

Ground Turkey Taco Salad

Oven Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Crock Pot Tex-Mex Chicken

Santa Fe Quinoa Salad

Oven Roasted Fajita Vegetables

Hummus Wrap

Tuna Pita Sandwich

Roasted Vegetable Tacos

Spinach Artichoke Omelet

3 Ingredient Mexican Chicken

Skinny Enchiladas

Hearty Turkey Chili

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Southwest Potato Corn Chowder

Turkey Sausage Gumbo

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I LOVE green smoothies. These are my go-to breakfast, snack, dessert, etc for anytime you need something delicious, sweet, portable, etc. Perfect for heading out the door with the kiddos, on your way to class, or driving to the office. You can actually buy frozen fruit for a lot cheaper than fresh and it’s just as good for you (watch the ingredients – MOST of them are 100 natural with no preservatives).

Check out 25 of my all-time favorite green smoothie recipes in my favorite eBook:

25 Green Smoothie Recipes

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How do you feed 100 on a budget? ›

Serving budget-friendly cuisines like salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes can be a very cost-effective choice. Or, if you're looking for a more casual option, how about a barbeque? Burgers, hot dogs and other grill-oriented foods are sure to be crowd favorites, and they won't rack up a big bill.

What is a frugal meal? ›

Frugal meals are the meals that do not require expensive ingredients but are hearty and nutritious. These meals require only a little planning in advance so that you can gather all the required ingredients.

What is the best food to live off of? ›

What 5 Foods Can You Survive On? A balanced diet of survival food will ensure that your body is getting all the protein, carbs, minerals, and vitamins it requires to remain healthy. If you could only select five foods to survive on, potatoes, kale, trail mix, grains, and beans would get you pretty far.

How can I eat healthy when time is poor? ›

Choose veggie-based entrees or those with baked, broiled or grilled fish or skinless chicken. Look for meals that aren't greasy or oily. For example, instead of ordering cheese-covered chicken enchiladas, get the grilled chicken or fish tacos. Choose food items without creamy sauces or gravies.

Why is healthy food so expensive? ›

Think about the supply chain. Fresh produce, fish and meat need to be refrigerated and restocked, unlike shelf stable items. Those transportation and replenishment costs get passed on to the consumer. Other factors include labor shortages, inflation, and most importantly: supply and demand.

How much should one person spend on groceries a month? ›

On average, groceries cost between $290 and $548 per month for one person. However, expenses can vary depending on location, dietary choices and personal spending habits. If you don't budget for groceries and instead just buy what you need — and want — at intervals throughout the month, you could be overspending.


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