Have you noticed when you go down the health food aisle in the grocery store, the products are more expensive than junk food?
Is it a conspiracy?🤔
McDonald’s & Wendy’s dollar menu makes it easy to get food
that’s not healthy for you,
for under five bucks.
Taco Bell is another cheap ass place to go to fill your tummies and please your palate.
There’s nothing wrong with splurging once a week and indulging yourself in fried food. Hell, we do. However, there’s a cheap way to eat healthy food and you’ll feel so much better, not to mention you’ll be saving money while doing it. I’ll show you how.😉
We spend part of our Sundays preparing food for the week. For example, last Sunday Kevin made vegetable soup, using a soup bone to flavor the broth, and he cooked a whole chicken as well. He also made some rice and a veggie to go with the chicken. By doing this, we both had lunch (soup) and dinner (chicken) for three days for cheap.
The soup costs $8.00 to make.
Soup Bone: .98 cents
Carrots: .88 cents
Parsnips: $2.68 (Side Note: You don’t have to use parsnips. You can use a bag of frozen vegetables you can get for a buck. We added parsnips because it adds to the flavor of the soup)
Rice ½ a cup: .12 cents
Eight dollars to feed two adults for three days.
A whole chicken.
Whole chicken: $5.89
Onion: .68 cents
Bag of vegetables: $1.00
From there, you can add rice or potatoes, which is cheap.
Total: Around $8.00
This budget friendly meal also feeds two adults for three days and another great part about it is you can save the carcass and whatever meat is left, stick it in the freezer, and the following weekend make chicken stew or soup out of it. Total score there because you just created another meal to feed yourself for three more days.
Plan of Action:
Before you go to the grocery store, you need to plan out what you’re going to buy and make for the upcoming week.
Only put down the items on the list that you’re actually going to eat that week.
Bonus tip: Don’t go to the store when you’re hungry. If you do, you’ll purchase more items than you intended to.
When you get to the store, immediately go to the produce section, it’ll help you stay focus on getting whole foods instead of processed foods.
-So, there are a ton of healthy foods in this section that are cheap: carrots, potatoes, onions, cabbage, butternut squash, celery, mushrooms, and so forth.
Don’t forget fruit.
The cost of some fruit is outrageous; however, bananas are affordable and are great to freeze and use in a healthy fruit smoothie or with peanut butter.
Canned fish is another option.
It’s cheap and a quick healthy meal.
Grains and legumes are another healthy cheap source of food that is budget friendly: brown rice, oatmeal, can or dried beans, and quinoa.
They’re inexpensive and good for you (if you don’t fry them). Kevin and I always have a carton of boiled eggs in the fridge.
Dairy foods: milk, cheese, and yogurt.
Bonus Tip: Yogurt can be expensive and if you look on the label, it’s not as healthy as you think. What I do is I buy the all-natural plain yogurt that’s in a big ass container. Yeah, it doesn’t tastes good by itself, so what I do is I stick some frozen fruit in a bowl and defrost it in the microwave. Once that’s done, I put it in a glass container and cover it with the yogurt. I mix the two together and eat it or pop it in the refrigerator to eat later. What happens is the juice from the fruit bleeds into the yogurt, giving it flavor. It’s yummy, healthy, and you save more money than you would if you bought the individual Yoplait cups.
With one pound of hamburger you can make soup, chili, meatballs, casseroles, tacos, and meatloaf, which yields several meals. The same with a roast.
Side note: What you make at home you’re in control of, so you can make each meal as healthy as you want, even comfort food.
Bottom Line: You can eat healthy on a budget. All that requires of you is your time planning your meals, making healthy choices, and cooking the meals.
You’ll feel so much better and you’ll be saving money.
When I was sixteen years old, I only had $10.00 a week for food. I bought Ramen noodles, frozen burritos, hamburger and mac and cheese. Not healthy. At all. 😂 I wish I knew then what I know now, but it help make me what I am today, so all is good.😉
Do you have any healthy, budget friendly meals that you make? If so, I’d love to hear about them. 😊