Food can be EXPENSIVE, especially when you’re trying to eat healthier on a new diet. But while it’s true that a lot of these specialty foods can put a dent in you wallet, there are ways you can save money on ingredients for tasty, high-quality meals. Marie Feldman, author of HEALTHY HABITS FOR MANAGING & REVERSING PREDIABETES, shares her tips for eating healthy on a budget.
Eating right doesn’t have to be expensive. You don’t have to spend tons of money to stick to a sensible meal plan for your prediabetes. Don’t be afraid to clip coupons. There are many ways to choose a variety of healthy foods that still fit your budget
#1. Buy whole grains and other staples in bulk. Avoid snack packs and single portions; you can buy in bulk and preportion at home.
#2. Many places offer generic brands or their own store-brand versions of popular whole-grain cereals and breads, so stock up on these to keep costs down.
#3. Making your own homemade baked goods is cheaper and healthier too, since you can use whole-grain flour and cut down on the sugar. Shop for fruits and veggies in season, as these will likely be on sale and taste the best.
#4. Buying whole-leaf greens and rinsing them yourself in a salad spinner can often cut costs over bagged salads.
#5. Try some great canned fruits and veggie choices such as pumpkin, beets, tomatoes, and pineapple packed in juice (rinsed).
#6. Buying fresh frozen fruits and veggies is a great way to get them year-round at low cost, and they don’t have any added sodium or sugar. Buy milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, eggs, and fresh meats on sale weekly to keep costs down.
#7. Dried or canned beans are cheap and full of protein and fiber. A large jar of peanut butter will last awhile for sandwiches and snacks.
Find more about eating healthy in HEALTHY HABITS FOR MANAGING & REVERSING PREDIABETES by Marie Feldman
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Excerpted from Healthy Habits for Managing & Reversing Prediabetes by Marie Feldman. Copyright © 2019 by author. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.