We all know that we need to eat healthy. The benefits to eating healthy are well known and there is no argument against it. However, eating healthy can be very expensive. Have you seen the prices at Whole Foods? The reason we all sometimes choose junk food or even fast food is because it is cheap.
But what if I told you that you could be eating healthy and be saving money? You would probably wonder why you have not heard this information before. But it is true, eating healthy does not have to be expensive!
There are a ton of ways that you can eat healthy for less and keep to a budget, even with frozen meals so you don’t have to cook after a long day of work. You would be surprised at how you can save money on healthy food.
We have gathered the top 28 healthy eating hacks that anyone can do starting today! You don’t need to spend a lot to eat healthy and live a healthier lifestyle. There is no excuse here. You can finally start eating the way you know you should!
1. Buy on sale meat and freeze it before it expires
Then, defrost it and cook to rejuvenate it!
2. Don’t buy in bulk unless you will eat it all
Many people make the mistake of buying in bulk but many times the food expires before they get a chance to eat it.
3. Stock up on frozen healthy meals
This way you don’t need to order takeout on busy nights.
4. Skip on soda and drink coffee or tea
Coffee and tea are much cheaper than soda. You can drink it hot or cold and sweeten it up yourself.
5. Grow your own veggies
If you have the space and time, that is. A great cost saver because seeds are cheap. If you need gardening tips, check out our post: 17 Budget Friendly DIY Gardening Hacks.
6. Order groceries online
This helps you save time and it prevents you from making impulse buys.
7. Download Ibotta
Ibotta is a free app that will help you save money on food by finding rebates.
8. Find a wholesale produce distributor
Some wholesalers will sell to the public at the same price. See if you can find one!
9. Roast frozen veggies
Boiling veggies takes out some of the nutritional value.
10. Rice and beans
Rice and beans is a classic and affordable healthy meal. You can always mix in other veggies!
11. Buy fruit in season then freeze
Purchasing fruit out of season can either be expensive or not taste as fresh. Purchase fresh in season fruit and freeze for later!
12. Don’t buy pre-cut veggies.
Pre-cut veggies are more expensive. Buy them uncut and cut them yourself!
13. Shop at farmers markets
Get fresh food for great prices. What could be better?
14. Buy from bulk bins
Beans, whole grains, and spices are much cheaper per ounce when bought in bulk bins.
15. Buy a blue apple
This product is incredible. It keeps fruit and veggies fresh for 3x longer than usual, and a two pack is $10.
16. Only buy organic when necessary
There are many foods that are not worth buying organic because pesticides are not used.
17. Invest in a slow cooker
A slow cooker is an easy way to make cheap and healthy meals to be ready for you when you get home.
18. Eat in season
Always plan meals according to what fresh produce is in season.
19. Protect your berries
When you buy berries, wash them right away to prevent molding. Then dunk the berries in one cup vinegar and two cups of water. Then cold rinse and store. This keep them fresh longer.
20. Don’t fear store brands
Store brands are often just as good or better. They are also cheaper!
21. Compare fresh/frozen/canned food
See which one is cheaper at that time in the year. If fresh is cheaper, buy them and freeze them for later.
22. Plan meals before shopping
This will help prevent you from making unnecessary purchases.
23. Use old produce
Find ways to use old produce, like making banana bread!
24. Stock up on eggs
Eggs are cheap and high in protein and are great for cooking your own recipes.
25. Try Asian markets
Asian markets often have cheap produce. You may even find some new produce to try.
26. Save all leftovers
Let nothing get wasted. Use every last bit. That way, you don’t spend more on another meal.
27. Roast an entire chicken
Then, eat it throughout the week for lunch!
28. Use frozen veggies in meals
Instead of spending a lot on fresh veggies for recipes, try frozen veggies. They taste just as good when cooked in dishes.