Collecting these because no one understands their genius. They make me want to go to school. Ps please don’t change the source!
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Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. You just need to learn how to shop right. Here are some tips for eating healthy on a budget.
- Buy in bulk. Buying bulk can save a lot of money. You can purchase grains, pastas, dried fruits, nuts and flours in the bulk isles of your grocery or natural foods store. You can choose the amount that works for you (bulk doesn’t mean you need 25 pounds of rice at a time!), and bulk food sections give a lower price per quantity ratio while saving on packaging.
- Make smart choices in organic produce: dirty dozen.Remember these twelve fruits and veggies and prioritize purchasing them organically. The Environmental Working Group has tested fruits and veggies, and found these contain the highest levels and amount of pesticides:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Imported spinach
- Clean non-organic produce well with pesticide washes. For most of us, it’s not realistic to eat all organic all the time — organic options aren’t always available, and sometimes the cost is prohibitive. When I purchase conventional fruits and vegetables, I clean them well. A quick homemade soak is equal parts water and white vinegar, or you can use a veggie wash like Environne, which removes chemicals from the surface. Because pesticides are created to be water-resistant (they have to stay on even when it rains), just water is often not enough to get the chemicals off.
- Plan ahead. To nip overspending and buying unnecessary items in the bud, create a monthly budget, and write your weekly grocery list based on it. That way, if you overbuy during the first or second week of the month, you can balance out your budget by making smarter decisions during weeks three and four.
- Buy what’s in season. Fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season are often cheaper than during other parts of the year. For example, the peak time for oranges and tangerines is in January, so that would be the perfect time to buy your vitamin C sources at lower prices. Your local farmer’s market is a great source of fresh, seasonal produce.
- Go with frozen fruits and veggies. If the fruits and veggies on your shopping list are out of season, buying them frozen is a great money-saving option. Frozen items have a much longer shelf-life than their fresh counterparts, so you can buy them in bulk if they are on sale and not have to worry about them going bad. Just make sure they don’t have added salts, sauces, or chemicals in them.
- Eat less meat. Instead of eating meat every night, try swapping in some whole grains and legumes. Dried beans and peas are inexpensive sources of protein and fiber, and they’ll last a long time on your shelf without spoiling. There are other benefits that come with having a plant-based diet, which emphasizes fruits and vegetables, grains, beans and legumes, and nuts, is rich in fiber, vitamins and other nutrients.
- Store Everything Properly. Ever open your vegetable crisper and realize that your tomatoes are mush or your lettuce wilted? Look up the best ways to store your veggies instead of just tossing them together in the fridge. Certain produce like potatoes excrete a certain gas that can spoil its neighbors quickly, so take the time to see the best storage place to keep your produce longer.
- Bring a Calculator.Be that smart shopper who weighs the veggies and looks at the unit price of certain items. Comparing price and amount puts more perspective on what you’re buying from different stores. Besides, having a handy calculator will help make sure you stay on budget as you go down the aisles.
I do NOT take all the credit for this. I did not write all of these tips. I did some research and gotten some ideas from other articles. I tried rewriting them in my own words though.
I’ve posted this before, but i need to see this! Plus adding it to my new blog :) This is my before and after guys, however i’ve got more to lose!
Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt - add 1 tbsp nut butter, 1 tbsp sweetener, 1 tbsp mini chips, and 1/4 tsp vanilla to Greek yogurt.
OH MY GOD THIS LOOKS HEAVENLY.
I’m sure you have come across this before, but in case you haven’t this is so DELICIOUS AND EASY TO make. You don’t have to use agave, sugar is just as good.
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