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  • Mikki D

Eating well on any budget

Updated: Jul 10, 2020

There's a myth that eating healthy is expensive. I'm here to tell you that's not true.

Eating healthy involves planning, and some basic cooking skills. That's about it. Oh, and eliminating some of the junk that is eating up your budget.

Absolutely anyone and everyone can afford healthy, organic food. Even people on a fixed income. I know because I've done it myself. It just depends on your priorities, and how much you're willing to learn.

The most nutritious foods are the simplest ones. Vegetables, beans, ancient grains, nut butters, fruits, nut milks, seeds, legumes, etc. They are incredibly expensive when you buy in bulk, and meal plan. You will find when you eliminate all the blue drinks, processed junk food, meat and dairy, your budget for REAL food opens up tremendously.

What to buy

When you go to the store, be prepared and have a list. I suggest to my clients that they plan 3-4 meals at a time. This way it's not overwhelming, and gives you some flexibility if plans change during the week.

A good list for healthy eating looks something like this:

  • Quinoa, brown rice and lentils

  • Beans

  • 1 box veggie burgers (about these in another post)

  • Unsweetened almond milk

  • Tomato sauce

  • Onions and peppers

  • Salsa

  • Broccoli

  • Mushrooms

  • Spinach

  • Pea Protein

  • Frozen berries

  • Basil, cilantro and other herbs

  • Brown mustard

  • Tempeh or Tofu

  • GF spaghetti

  • Avocado

  • Lettuces

Now with this inexpensive, simple list I can make breakfast, lunch and dinners for several days, all for less than $100.

  • Green Lentils with Smoked Tempeh and Dijon Vinaigrette

  • Tex-Mex Fajita bean bowls

  • Spaghetti with Salad

  • Asian Stir Fry

  • Quinoa Salad

  • Super Food Berry Smoothies

Being healthy, and plant based, is not expensive. Get inspired and get to shopping!

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