The secret to buying healthy meals on a budget to lose weight is finding the right foods at the right time!
Losing weight is a mental and physical challenge.
But when you tack on how expensive it can be to lose weight with the price of many healthy foods, your goal can seem completely unrealistic!
How are people doing it? Do they just have unlimited grocery budgets? Are they just naturally thin?
In this blog, we'll show you which foods give you the most bang for your buck and how to navigate the grocery store with weight loss in mind.
You're Not Crazy – These Prices Are
First of all, you're not the crazy one.
There really is a trend of “health foods” being sold at higher prices than non-healthy foods.
Harvard can back us up here – a 2013 study found that on average, eating a healthy diet daily costs about $1.50 more than if you ate unhealthy foods.
From the day-to-day, this doesn't sound like such a large amount. But annually, that would be $2,200 more per year!
Not to mention, buying organic food can run you 10 to 30% more on your grocery tab as well.
While it may seem impossible to beat this system, we have tips for you.
How to Find Cheaper Healthy Foods
Healthy food does command a premium. However, it's up to you to choose which healthy foods you choose to buy!
There are healthy proteins, vegetables, fruits and starches that won't cost you an arm and a leg.
- Canned tuna: Average $1.39 per can
- Canned beans: Average $ per pound
- Frozen edamame: Average $2 for 16 ounce bag
- Broccoli: Average $1.64 per head
- Bagged spinach: Average $2 per ounce
- Russet potatoes: Average $.56 per pound
- Brown rice: Average $1.75 per pound
- Old fashioned oats: Average $.13 per serving
- Bananas: Average $.60 per pound
- Oranges: Average $1 per pound
- Frozen berries: Average $3.50 per pound
Keep in mind that anytime you can find produce that's in season, it will be cheaper.
We recommend keeping a cheat sheet of when produce is in season on your fridge as a reminder before you grocery shop for the week!
Healthy Family Meals on a Budget
It's a little too easy to list out cheap produce. The challenge really comes in when you're cooking for your family!
You've got everyone's opinions and allergies to account for – and your own health goals.
Below, we've listed out our favorite healthy family meals that are less than $10 to make.
Chicken and Vegetable Roast
Pork Chops and Salad
Mini Meatballs, Green Beans and Potatoes
Tilapia and Corn
Have a Friday fish night with this zesty tilapia dish! Cooked tilapia with a chili lime glaze is complemented by a corn saute.
This meal is $2.80 per serving.
For any vegetarians, this meat-less burger is a delicious and budget-friendly alternative. Walnuts, lentils and mushrooms give these burgers a dense and delicious taste.
Eat dinner for $1.56 per serving.
Healthy on Your Terms
We hope that this blog has shown you the many ways to eat healthy on a budget!
Without these tips, it can seem impossible to stay within your family's means while making sure everyone is eating as healthy as possible.
If you're looking to branch out into other realms of fitness such as diet and exercise, we can also help you there.
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Dr. Anthony Balduzzi
Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project
Brotherhood Nickname: “Mr. Results”
Bragging Rights: Has helped over 10,000 fathers lose over 75,000lbs and rebuild lean muscle