7 Ways to Eat Healthy Without Going Broke

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Around the first of the year, a lot of people start feeling guilty about the amount of carb-heavy foods they’ve been consuming and the lack of exercise they’ve had. With all the hype about New Year‘s resolutions, it’s easy to say you’re going to eat healthier, but when it comes down to actually doing it, well, it’s easier said than done.

One of the biggest obstacles in eating healthier foods is the price — healthy food is more expensive than unhealthy food. As much as I hate it, there’s no way around that fact. It’s unfortunate and it fuels the fire behind the “this is too hard, I want to eat a donut” attitude.

Thankfully though, if you’re wise about how you buy food, there are some easy ways to eat healthy without breaking the bank.

7 Ways to Eat Healthy Without Going Broke:

1. Meal Plan

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Let’s get down to it. Eating healthy is impossible without a plan.

We all know that after a long day at work or taking care of the kids, all you really want is a big bowl of ice cream or a loaf of bread, but if you meal plan, you won’t have that option because these ingredients most likely won’t even be in your house.

It doesn’t have to be complicated. My best advice is plan for three different recipes, cook in bulk and then eat them for more than one meal.

2. Stick to Simple Recipes

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As far as healthy the eating is concerned, less is more and the less ingredients are in a recipe, the healthier it is.

Not to mention, you won’t have to break your back buying and preparing your meals.

3. Learn How to Prepare Healthy Foods

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Everything tastes better when it’s cooked and prepared the right way. In order to introduce more healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and protein into your diet, do your research and learn how to cook your foods properly.

This way, you won’t simply be eating healthier foods, you’ll be enjoying healthier foods.

4. Create a Grocery List

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Don’t buy anything you don’t have a plan for. I know it’s easy to pass something in the aisle and think, “this item is vital to my sanity, I must have it in my pantry.” But, no. You really don’t need those extra ingredients in your pantry. Typically, those things you pass in the aisle are not only useless, but unhealthy.

Look at it this way, you’re saving money.

5. Don’t Shop Hungry

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I can’t stress this enough. It’s really hard to be hungry at the supermarket and make good decisions.

This doesn’t have to be a weird thing. Like, you don’t have to religiously eat a meal every time before you go shopping. Just make sure that you’re not ravenous when you get there.

6. Eat More Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is cheap, filling and nutrient-dense, it’s really the perfect combination.

But, don’t buy the pre-packaged kind. Buy the actual oats and make it yourself. It takes 3 minutes, at most.

7. Don’t Starve Yourself

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Make sure you’re full after a meal and don’t be afraid to incorporate snacks into your diet. Extreme hunger is the easiest way to turn to unhealthy foods and overeat.

Also, don’t be scared of bread. Everything in moderation.

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