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How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

August 19, 2020 • Posted in

If you're trying to save money, eating healthy can be a challenge. According to the Harvard School of Public Health's (HSPH) 2013 study, healthy food costs more than less nutritious options. HSPH found that the average American consumer pays $1.50 more each day when they eat healthy food. Over the course of a year, an individual who sticks to a healthy diet pays over $500 more on groceries.

That price gap remains. How do you eat healthy on a budget when the food you want to put in your body is more expensive? Here are a few tips to help you save money without sacrificing the quality of your food.

Plan and Prepare Meals

Planning and preparing meals helps you make cost-effective meal choices. Know what you want to cook throughout the week, and make a grocery list early to get the most out of your meals.

Plan Your Menu

Use one day each week to plan your meals. Consider the ingredients you have, what you'll need to buy, portion sizes and how much food you expect to have left. Keeping these factors in mind helps you make cost-effective choices when you shop. If you know you'll make enough pasta for three other meals, for example, you can incorporate that into your weekly plan and skip buying other items.

Prepare Your Meals

When you prepare your meals, make enough that you'll have leftovers. You can mix and match leftover staples like rice, vegetables and proteins for variety. Packaging leftovers in distinct ways gives you access to appealing meals throughout the week.

Recipe: Healthy Stir Fry With Asian Cooking Sauces

San-J's Three-Step Stir Fry is an easy meal packed with nutrients. You'll need:

  • One pound of your choice of protein
  • Four cups of vegetables
  • 3/4 cup of San-J Asian Cooking Sauce

Just cook your ingredients together and serve over noodles or rice. 

Buy Smarter

You'll need a strategy to save money at the grocery store when you're eating healthy. Buy smarter with these three shopping tips:

1. Make a Grocery List

When you plan your meals weekly, you know exactly what you'll need to cook everything on your menu. Those ingredients are what should be your grocery list, and it's crucial that you stick to it. By focusing on the list of items you need, you block temptation from impulse buys or unhealthy snacks. Be sure to check for ingredients you already have as you're making your list, too! 

2. Grow Your Own Vegetables and Herbs

Cut costs by growing your own food when possible. Planting your own vegetables and herbs has several benefits, including cost efficiency. When you grow your own vegetables and herbs, you also know that your food is free of pesticides and preservatives. Enjoy making your favorite foods like a healthy stir fry with soy sauce when you use vegetables and other ingredients you grew yourself.

3. Use Coupons

If you're trying to save money, using promotional coupons from stores and brands makes a difference. Paying an extra $1.50 per day for healthy food adds up, and so does saving a few dollars here and there on the products you buy anyway. 

Ready to save on your favorite Asian cooking sauces? Click here to receive your coupon today!

Article By: Lauren Fields - San-J Marketing