If you are on a low budget it doesn’t mean that you have to turn to fast food and cheap eating that goes against your principles of eating healthy and keeping a clean diet. Here are some tips that you can implement when striving to eat healthy on a low budget.
Not Always Organic
Not all produce has to be purchased organic in order to be clean. You should buy apples, peaches, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, grapes, spinach, lettuce, and potatoes from the organic section as they are most affected by pesticides. Other fruits and vegetables can be bought conventional and still be of good quality.
Cook from Home
Cooking from scratch is cheaper than eating out. Cooking bulk portions and freezing them for later will save you tons instead of buying prepared food.
Although organizing and clipping coupons may seem daunting, it does save a lot of money when going to grocery store. Keep your eyes out for deals in the whole food section.
Make Dressings and Sauces Yourself
Average dressings and sauces are quite expensive and contain many artificial substances. To make an all-natural sauce or dressing that doesn’t cost a fortune, you can buy whole products and make it from scratch for a fraction of the price.
Cut Down on the Meat
Instead of eating meat three times per day (something that is a relatively new concept), invest in better quality meat, and eat a meal with meat once daily. Meat is more expensive than other foods and grass-fed animal products are more nutritious and clean.
Superfoods are good foods but are highly overrated against normal and natural foods. You can eat nutritious and good food even if it isn’t something exotic and expensive like maca powder or chia seeds.
Use Online Stores
Online stores can be used to buy in bulk and tend to have a larger selection in health foods than the traditional brick and mortar stores. Surf online for the best deals in clean and healthy foods.
Buy Seasonal Foods
Foods that are in the season tend to be cheaper, but this is not the only perk. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are mostly cultivated outdoors and are grown in more natural environments making them more clean than traditional produce.
To conclude, eating clean and simple is easy. Focus on eating less processed foods, eat quality animal products, and prepare your food at home. It is, in fact, the simplest way to eat as people used to before the days of fast food chains and drive-thrus.