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How You Can Eat Healthy on a Budget

By Alexis Mills

Improving your overall health starts with your diet. The hard part of this change is that eating better can take a hit on your bank account. While healthy food gets a bad rep for its price tag, I am here to tell you that doesn't have to be the case. There was a study in Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior that shows that families were able to enjoy healthy meals at an affordable price when they adopted the right tactics and put in some effort.

Planning Is Key

Being able to plan your meals ahead of time for the week or two ahead and making a list of ingredients you need for those meals is key. Choosing ingredients that you can use for multiple meals and knowing exactly what you are going to eat throughout the week keeps you in line with your goals. Also, planning what you need to prep for the week will save you time.

Buy in Bulk 

For ingredients that you know you use a lot of, buying in bulk can save you money. Make sure that you know you will use the entirety of the food before it expires though, or you could be losing money if it is going to waste. Most large grocery stores will give you a 10 percent discount if you decide to buy ingredients in bulk.

Eat In Season

For produce especially, in-season fruit and vegetables is cheaper because it is available in big quantities and easy for the stores to get. But an ingredient that's out of season can make it cost an arm and leg compared to when it is in season. See what's on sale and plan your meals around what is in season.

Grow Your Own Food 

By growing expensive herbs at home, you will save a crazy amount of money over time. To grow an organic plant at home only costs a few dollars and you can pick when you need the ingredient. I don't know about you, but most of the time if I buy an herb at the store, I rarely use all of it before it goes bad. Choosing an herb you like to cook with a lot, like basil or rosemary, will save you from wasting ingredients and money.

Skip Fast Food 

Even though fast food can be a cheap option, it can cost you in you in healthcare because it's highly processed it hurts your body over time. Investing in the best food is the best health insurance that you can have.

It is possible for low-income households to eat healthily by getting access to low-price bulk items, planning out your meals, and eating in season. Start to adopt these practices and see how you can fuel your body with the healthy foods it needs while also living within your means or saving money you want to use elsewhere.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Burlington, Mass.

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