Here are some tips to optimal nutrition on a budget:
1. Stick to the perimeter of the grocery store. Protein, fresh fruits and vegetables are much cheaper and healthier than the packaged goods in the middle. Packaged foods also tend to contain preservatives, and extra salt & sugar in order to make it last longer on a shelf.
2. Stick to Organic for mainly the “Dirty Dozen”. Produce such as strawberries, celery, spinach, cherries, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, apples, nectarines, peaches, grapes, cherry tomatoes & cucumbers have been proven to contain a higher amount of pesticide residue.
3. Another great tip if you’re trying to save money is to rotate buying Organic versus Conventional. That way your body never gets too much of one thing.
4. Buy produce according to what’s on sale and in season. Buy extra and freeze it to have on hand for later.
5. Keep an eye out for grocery store sales and meal plan around that. Meal prep is key to making the most out of each item you buy. Often times, things are wasted because there was no plan for it. If you make salmon & roasted veggies one night maybe have it on a salad for lunch the next day or over brown rice pasta for dinner. Buy things with options in mind.
6. Pack your lunch instead of eating out. If you planned right you could spend $5 on meals for your whole day. You could spend $7-$10 just eating out at lunch, not to mention the added sodium.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. It just takes a little thought and planning. But it’s worth it to keep your body functioning at its absolute best!