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Affordable Healthy Diets Do Exist!

By Donna Stark

Unfortunately, many people think that in order to eat healthy, they have to take out a second mortgage to their home, but that really isn't the case. Healthy eating doesn't have to cost a fortune! In fact, you can end up with a more nutritious diet and improved overall health and wellness by spending the same amount of money as you do now. It just comes down to making smarter choices while you are shopping. So let's put aside that myth of an expensive diet and learn how to eat better without spending more!

An Affordable Healthy Diet

Whether you head to your local grocery store, a farmer's market, or a discount warehouse, there are ways to shop smarter so that you and your family can eat healthier. Let's take a look at some suggestions on how to do so.

  • Compare labels - It isn't that difficult to take an extra moment or two to compare labels and nutrition facts when shopping. Many times, you can essentially buy the same or even a healthier version of an item at a similar or lower price.
  • Choose whole foods - Skip the processed foods found on your grocery store's shelves and choose whole foods instead. Whole foods tend to cost less and don't contain all of the extra sugar, sodium, and other additives that can lead to future weight gain and chronic health issues.
  • Shop the perimeter - I'm sure you have heard this before, but try to do the majority of your shopping on the perimeter of the store. This is usually where fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, fish, and meat tend to be displayed. Look for sales, shop in season, and take advantage of your freezer!
  • Be selective in the aisles - Don't skip all of the aisles! You can still find some great heart-healthy deals here if you know what to choose. Look for canned tuna in water, sardines, oats, beans, nuts, seeds, and rice.
  • Frozen food - Frozen vegetables and beans pack as much nutrition value as when you would buy them fresh, so head on over to the freezers! You may even find that they are a better price too! Just be sure to avoid the packages that sell the vegetables in creams or sauces.
  • Substitute - We all have our favorite treats and usually, they aren't very healthy, so try replacing the treats you buy with healthier versions or something altogether different. For example, if grapes are on sale at a super price, buy them to replace those chips you serve alongside your child's sandwich. In addition to serving something healthier, you can potentially be saving money!

Great Health at a Great Price

In addition to shopping smarter, you can also save money by cooking more meals at home. So grab your ingredients, plan a night in, and call your family together. It's time to sharpen everyone's kitchen skills!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Newtown Square, Pa.

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