Smart Spending

Eating Healthy Without Spending a Fortune

Conversations about eating healthy invariably turn into what has longed been considered an obstacle to healthy eating-cost, especially for people with families. However, it is important to understand that healthy eating does not require you to buy pre-cut carrots, slice apples, or prepared salads, which cost more money.

Healthy eating can be expensive, but here are some inexpensive healthy foods and techniques anyone can use to try and eat a healthier diet without spending a bundle.

Inexpensive and Healthy Foods

Eggs makes for the cheapest source of protein and many hard to obtain minerals and vitamins. Avoid egg substitutes. Easy to prepare dried beans and lentils provide low in fat and good sources of protein, fiber, iron, starch, calcium, and minerals. Brown rice offers good value and serves as a compliment for many dishes.

When buying soups, select low sodium products that you can add your own vegetables and meat. Buy unseasoned, low sodium can vegetables. Buy can fruits packed in its juice.

Don’t Overspend

Make sure you don’t overspend when buying fresh foods. It ends up going bad and wasted. Take the time to figure out how much you can realistically consume and spend accordingly. You will probably end up making more trips to the grocery store or farmers market, but it will keep you from waiting money.

Buy In Season

As you move into the fall, consumers will begin to notice the slowing changing of fruits and vegetable in the grocery stores. Like clockwork the plums, nectarines, peaches, and other fruits become less tasty and more expensive. Winter regulars like pears, apples and potatoes dominate displays becoming more plentiful and less expensive.

Learn what fruits and vegetable are in season and plan your purchases accordingly. When you buy in-season you can save plenty of money on fruits and vegetables.

Preserve Fruits and Vegetables 

A good way of continuing healthy eating of your favorite fruits is to consider ways of preserving them when they are at their most expensive.

You can learn to preserve fruits and vegetable by learning how to freezing, drying or canning techniques. You can freeze most fruits and vegetables for 8 to 12 months. The University of Minnesota has a website that will teach you the processes for obtaining the best conditions for preserving each fruit or vegetable.

The methods for drying fruits and vegetable are sun drying, oven drying, or dehydrator drying. These methods work for just about any type of fruit and vegetables. In addition, the drying methods work extremely well for herbs. You can also visit FarmGal and Washington State University website to learn more about the process for drying fruits and vegetables.

United State Department of Agriculture

The United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends consumers use their shopping-skills and comparison shop for foods and vegetables. There are also numerous sources for coupons  from local shopper value packs to online coupon sites. The USDA site offer lots of information and guidance on low cost recipes and healthy eating.