I think you’ll agree with me, that eating healthy is not the cheapest option.
In fact, it’s always cheaper to have a burger, than to make a healthy meal on your own, am I right?
Well, having a real food for dinner became a luxury nowadays.
Because of that, I decided to give you some tips on how to do it on a tight budget.
I’ll give you a list of cheap healthy foods and healthy budget meals, so that you can make a healthy cheap dinner for yourself.
For some people this is one of the biggest struggles when it comes to eating healthy, but I’m gonna help you get over it.
GET READY for the best tips on how to eat healthy on a budget.
Let’s get started!
Tip 1: Always Plan
It always helps if you make a meal plan ahead.
You can plan it all nice, and when you go to the market you’ll know exactly what you should look for.
Try to avoid the “special offers” because that’s when you waste money on something you don’t even need.
Here’s another tip: Try not to shop when hungry!
Also, try making a low budget healthy grocery list, so that you can make the most out of your meals.
I’ll make a healthy low budget grocery list for you these days, so remember to keep up!
Tip 2: Buy Cheaper Cuts
Meat is definitely one of the most expensive products on your shopping list.
But guess what, you can still enjoy meat, even on a tight budget.
Here’s how to do that:
- Choose chicken legs over chicken breasts – they’re cheaper, but still as healthy as the breasts.
- Buy cheaper cuts of breasts, but give it more time to cook – if you use a crockpot get those liners to put in it, it’s easier.
- Buy the whole bird – the whole chicken or turkey is always cheaper than buying it separately.
- Choose frozen over fresh – it’s always cheaper!
- Livers – they are full of nutrients but very cheap.
- Don’t forget the fish – eat tuna in a can, it has the proteins needed and it’s cheep.
Tip 3: Always Have Eggs
Eggs are pretty cheap.
Still, they have many nutrients, and they contain the protein needed for the day.
So it doesn’t always have to be meat or fish – make an omelette or an egg salad.
Just don’t forget to keep it white – if you’re having 3 eggs, get a yolk out.
Tip 4: Whole Grains and Beans
Don’t forget about the whole grains and the beans:
- brown rice
- chick peas
- black beans
They make healthy lunches, and still they are cheap healthy food.
You can buy them frozen because they’re always cheaper, canned – just look for the ones with low sodium contents, or even better buy them dry and cook them – it’s super cheap!
Tip 5: Plant Some Greens
Growing your own greens and veggies will save you a lot of money!
And guess what, planting is not that hard.
YouTube is loaded with tons of tutorials how to grow your own lettuce, zucchini, spinach, cucumber, even tomatoes and potatoes.
You can do it too!
Also, you can grow your own herbs.
Buy them planted, and spreed them through your garden.
Tip 6: Improve Your Cooking
This can help a lot!
Improving your cooking skills can actually make you cook from scratch.
Preparing and cooking your own meals is generally cheaper than buying a takeaway or a ready meal.
It’s also easier to control what goes in to your dish, so it is way healthier.
Tip 7: Buy Season Products
Everything is cheaper in it’s own season.
Because of this, make sure to always plan your meals with the season products.
Here’s another tip:
Buy the vegetables when they’re in season and freeze them.
That way you save a lot of money.