Eating well doesn’t have to be expensive
Is it costly to eat healthy? A new study out of the University of Navarra in Spain found that the more people stick to a healthy diet, the more money they spend on food. That’s bad news for people who want to eat well but need to be frugal. However, choosing healthier foods doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. Here are seven ways to eat well without spending big.
1. Cut out dining out
One take-out lunch at work can cost more than several healthy lunches prepared at home. “The biggest thing I hear from women is, ‘It’s easier for me to go out and eat,'” says registered dietitian Brenda Arychuk in Edmonton. “But it actually takes less time to prepare lunch than go out and stand in line to buy lunch.” Homemade lunches are typically lower in fat, salt and sugar than a take-out lunch.
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2. Make the freezer your friend
It’s cheapest to buy meats in large portions, like whole chickens or an entire salmon, and then cut them into pieces yourself for the freezer. Add your own seasonings to the packages, and they’ll be all ready to cook. Likewise, when you make soups and stews, try doubling or tripling the recipe and freezing the leftovers. You’ll have a considerably cheaper alternative to buying fast frozen dinners. Just be sure to use up your freezer foods within a couple of months.