Eating Healthy on a Budget
Finding and preparing health food when you have a tight budget can be a real challenge.
ChooseMyPlate.gov has lots of tips for eating healthy on a budget including tips on smart shopping, ideas for stretching your fruit and vegetable budget, along with meal and menu ideas.
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Some quick tips:
- Consider food purchases very carefully, and select highly nutritious foods. High-protein foods like hamburger, chicken keep you satisfied longer than starchy foods like bread, rice or pasta. You may save money if you cut down on the amount of meat, soda, prepared foods and snacks you buy. It can also help to plan meals that produce leftovers.
- Make some “grab and go” snacks and lunches when you have time so that you don’t buy lunch just because you are in a rush.
- Use the Internet as a resource (most libraries have free access if you do not have a computer). Go online and search for “Thrifty Meals.” Many other people are also thinking about how to save, use their experience to spark ideas.
- Use coupons and look for store specials. The Internet can help you find the best deal.
- Have potluck dinners with friends and family instead of going out.
- Research local farmers markets, food co-ops and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms where you can get vegetables inexpensively.
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
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