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
1 box veggie burgers (about these in another post)
Unsweetened almond milk
Onions and peppers
Basil, cilantro and other herbs
Tempeh or Tofu
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
Super Food Berry Smoothies
Being healthy, and plant based, is not expensive. Get inspired and get to shopping!