Eating Healthy On A Budget

As a family of 6, including a pre-teen who can eat…and eat…and eat, it is important to me to be able to keep healthy food options in the house for both mealtime as well as snacks.

Here are a few tips for healthy eating on a budget.

Low-fat milk
Why drink sugary sodas, juices and energy drinks that offer little or no nutritional value when you can drink milk, a nutrient rich drink that provides calcium, vitamins A and D, protein and much more!

Canola Oil
Canola oil is one of the healthiest oils out there. Its cheaper than olive oil and provides the same heart healthy benefits. It has the lowest amount of saturated fat than any other oil. Canola is an extremely versatile oil. Use it for stir fries, vinaigrettes, or marinades or try it as a substitute for butter when baking cakes and bread.

Long-Grain Brown Rice
Brown rice is very inexpensive and adds a nutty flavor as well as all the benefits of whole grains.

Whole Chicken
Instead of buying chicken piece by piece, plan menus to include meals that use legs, thighs, and breasts all on different nights. Or, roast a whole chicken to eat for a few days.

Seasonal Produce
Pick up seasonal produce from your grocery store or local farmers market. Seasonal produce is generally more affordable and they taste the best.

Dried Beans
Beans and legumes are packed with nutrition. Soaking beans may take more time, but in the end you will end up with less sodium compared to canned varieties.

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2 responses to “Eating Healthy On A Budget”

  1. CarliAlice (@CarliAlice) says :

    Great list! Sounds very similar to what we keep at our house.

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