The funny thing about cooking healthier on a budget is that its actually pretty easy! Most of the foods you end up eating because they are more affordable are actually the healthier options. First things first you’re probably going to end up in the produce department. Most everything here can be found for less than a couple dollars. Let’s start with tip one.
1. Bulk Up On Veggies
These foods are packed with nutrients and cheap. Try heads of broccoli, cauliflour, carrots, kale, spinach, squash, sweet potatos and regular potatoes to get the best bang for your buck
2. Pick Two
Try pairing 2 produce items with a protein. A great example would be a sweet potato with some sauteed kale topped with some spices.
3. Use What Goes Bad First
This needs no explaination. Food that goes bad in the fridge is a waste of money.
4. Learn to Love the Pantry
Look for deals in canned food. Great healthy options and you can usually get them for around a dollar. Try to look for BPA free cans when possible.
5. Get Creative With Pantry Goods
Mix and match. Pairing some canned soups, chilis and other seasonings can be delicious and filling.
6. Learn to Rotate Proteins
Change it up! Lentils, peas, beans and lean chicken in the freezer section are all good ways to get quality protein on the cheap.
7. Be Smart With Your Portions
Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our bellies, Try to make realistic portions and save the rest for later.
As you can see, by making a budget and trying to eat cheaper, you are getting a lot more nutrients in your meals. Not only will your fincial life be healthier so will your body!
We all love food right? Some people love it differently though. We decided to make a list of places to find whatever your heart desires. Even if your not 100% paleo or vegan it is still fun to try different foods. If you’ve been pushing the meat train for a while it might do you some good to stuff your face with vegan food once in a while, know what I mean?
Anyway here we go!
Find Great vegan food at happycow.net – I put this one to the test and was extremely impressed by what it brought up. In one search of my city I found several shops, a TON of restaurants and a few things in between. It will specify when you hover over the listing whether it’s vegetarian friendly, vegan, a shop ect. So to find local vegan foods and resources check them out!
Vegguide.org is another great vegan source. While the site is less on frills it is well researched, has great vegan resources, and is reviewed well by visitors. I love knowing what to expect when going somewhere so seeing actual reviews from people who have tried the location out is essential, and that is where Veg Guide thrives.
Paleo is still a little hard to find. Many places don’t exactly cater to the paleo eater but have options to make it a lot easier!
Paleo local is a great resource for finding paleo friendly restaurants in certain cities. It is still a little limited but on the homepage if you know of one you’d like added to the site you can submit it there.
Paleo Magazine has this guide to help you eat paleo where ever you go. It includes 18 tips to eat paleo at restaurants. Here are a couple to wet your lips.
USDA Farmers market directory – Believe it or not the old USDA has a pretty robust directory of farmers markets in your area. I did a local search and found 8 farmers markets within 10 miles of me. That’s a lot of local food. When you click info on the listing it gives you the type of vendors, address, days and times the market is open, and contact information for the market.
gf-restaurants.com list restaurants that serve gluten free meals if you want to take it up a notch you can check out this small but helpful list of restaurants that are completely gluten free at celiacrestaurantguide.com
eat well guide is one of my absolute favorites. If you just want to eat locally sources quality and sustainable food check out eatwellguide.org They offer a well maintained curated source of farmers markets, farms that you can buy directly from, and just sustainable food. I think everybody could benefit from just looking at the sources around them to eat better food.
Did we miss anything? Let us know what you think in the comments!