You CAN Afford to Eat Healthy!

23 Jun

Exercise is a part of being healthy, but so is eating right. I’ve heard so many people say that they can’t afford healthy food. I won’t deny that some healthy foods are expensive, but there’s actually a lot of very affordable healthy foods out there. You may even find that you eat cheaper when you eat healthy.

Here’s a list of a few cheap and healthy foods (this is by no means all of them):

  • Oatmeal – Has iron and fiber. Costs $2.24  for a big thing of it that makes 30 servings! Or if you don’t like eating hot oatmeal you can make granola out of it.
  • Potatoes – Keep the skins on, that’s where most of the nutrients are and nothings wasted.
  • Beans – High in fiber and protein. And they’re not only way cheaper than meat, but also a lot lower in fat!
  • Lentils – These are not only cheap, but easy to cook. Unlike beans they don’t need to be soaked overnight.
  • Raisins – I love dried fruits, but most are expensive and some have added sugar. But raisins don’t have extra sugar and they are the cheapest dried fruit I can find.
  • Fruit and veggies – Buy in season, locally grown and on sale to get the most for your money. I find that things like carrots, bananas and apples seem to pretty much always be cheap.
  • Whole wheat bread – It usually doesn’t cost much, if any more, than white bread, or you can make your own.
  • Brown rice – it only costs a little more than white rice, but it goes a long way.
  • Whole Wheat Pasta – I’ve only cooked with this a few times, but you can get it pretty affordably.

Here’s some other tips:

  • A lot of regular grocery stores are carrying health food items, and it’s probably cheaper there than at a health food store, but compare prices to make sure.
  • You may be able to get some healthy foods cheaper at warehouse stores. The cheapest unit price I’ve found on honey is at Sam’s Club.
  • Eat the right sizes, if you eat too much it not only isn’t healthy, it also makes your grocery bill higher.
  • Skip the unnecessary and completely empty calories like soda and candy. There’s nothing healthy in it and the cost really adds up. Save that money to buy healthy food instead.
  • Cook from scratch. You have more control over what goes in, and don’t have to worry about all the preservatives that are in prepared foods. Plus it’s usually cheaper.

2 Responses to “You CAN Afford to Eat Healthy!”

  1. Liz June 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    I liked this blog! You’re right…you can eat quite healthy for less! I use the Walmart brand whole wheat pasta, and notice very little difference from regular pasta…and it costs the same! As far as snacks go, if you invest in a $20 air popcorn popper (or find one at a second hand store or yard sale), you can make popcorn, which is SUPER cheap and healthy if you don’t add too much butter and salt (which is the hard part). To help cut back on salt, I sometimes butter my popcorn and put on a LITTLE salt along with garlic powder and some Parmesan cheese. super yummy!

    Living in Maine, produce always ends up costing a ton as our growing season is super short, so most of the time everything you buy in produce has been shipped from far away. I try to pay attention to what fruits and veggies are cheaper canned or frozen, and buy in season somewhat. This year, my mother-in-law and I are sharing a garden, and hoping to freeze and can part of our harvest as a way to cust produce costs not only in the summer, but later in the year as well. We;ll see how that goes!

    • purposelyfrugal June 23, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

      Glad you mentioned popcorn, I forgot about that! I really like the Wal-Mart Great Value popcorn. Some brands don’t pop well and are tough, but I’ve been please with the Great Value popcorn. And I’m jealous of your garden! I wish there was a way to not have to do any work and still have a plentiful garden.

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