Eating healthy should be a mindset and a way of life. It shouldn’t be switched on for the sole purpose of getting in shape! You should eat a balanced diet, not to squeeze into those short, shorts but to maintain your health and improve it. Hitting the gym may be the cool the thing to do, as healthy eating has become somewhat of a trend. But it’s a trend that sometimes comes at a big price. So, when it’s a necessity of life, how can you make the switch to healthy eating on a budget?
Plan your weekly meals ahead
It’s all about planning! If you plan out your weekly meals you’ll know what groceries you’ll need to buy, meaning that you’ll also spend less time wandering around the store like a lost soul and picking up snacky bits you can’t resist. Check out online which supermarket offers the best deals on the ingredients you need et voila! You’ll be looking after the waistline, saving yourself money and loads of time!
Buy seasonal products
If you want to spare a few pounds, put on hold your exotic shopping and opt for more seasonal products! Foods that are in season are likely to abound on every supermarket’s shelf, therefore, the prices will tend to be lower. It’s all about knowing the little tips and hacks to save the money. Being healthy doesn’t mean having to eat that exotic fruit from Peru or something, but being realistic and balanced.
Bulk buy the offers
Your veggie soup is on sale but you don’t feel like eating it today or tomorrow? Don’t let the offer slip away! Buy it and freeze it so you can enjoy it on another day. It’s a no-brainer. Chicken is always on offer, and it’s a good source of protein. If it’s three for two, then get all three and store them until you’re ready for them. This also ties in with planning your meal ahead – you’ll be thinking ahead for the month, not just the week without breaking the bank!
Give Yourself A Budget
The best way to eat on a budget is to actually give yourself a budget! Download an app or if you prefer list down all your expenses on your phone’s notes and make sure they don’t exceed your starting budget! This way you’ll also realize what you spend the most on and cut a few ‘bad’ habits.
Don’t shop on an empty stomach!
This tip is an oldie but goldie! Never step foot in a supermarket if your stomach is screaming for food. Regardless if you’re planning to do a healthy grocery shopping, you’ll still buy more things than you actually need and you’ll end up spending more than what you’ve already planned.