Everytimes I said to friends/ Family that I am eating healthy and buying my foods fresh and getting the meat at the butcher. They are always asking about my grocery budgets. Well to be honest it’s not as much as before , just eating a bit more protein 😋 In our society, healthy choices are sometimes a lot harder to make than unhealthy ones: going to the gym vs. staying home, ordering a salad vs. french fries or buying healthy groceries vs. unhealthy ones. Healthy groceries such as fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and 100% whole wheat products always seem to be more expensive than their unhealthy counterparts.
Healthy foods are higher in nutrients and satisfy you for a much longer period of time. A better way to measure the price of food is to look at price/nutrient not only at the price. If you look at these, the price is not so different.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to save on healthy foods. First, buy your fruits and vegetables in season.
A few examples include:
winter: bananas, grapefruit, potatoes
spring: apricots, broccoli, cabbage
summer: blueberries, cherries, corn
fall: apples, carrots, cranberries
Another way to save on produce is to buy frozen rather than fresh. While canning adds preservatives, freezing avoids most additives. Frozen products allow you to buy in or out of season produce at much lower prices.
While buying healthy food might seem like the more expensive option, in the long run, going healthy saves you a lot of time and money. Ingredients found in some of our most popular foods (sugar, sodium saturated fat, trans fat) are known to increase your risk for a number of diseases including heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. There are also other ingredients (fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants) found in healthy foods that can prevent those same diseases. Instead of worrying about the damage healthy food does to your wallet, worry about the damage unhealthy food does to your body.
Your body is your temple and it needs to be look after. #healthymom #healthylifestyle #HealthIsWealth💪 #healthyfood #healthychoices #healthycooking #freshfruitandveggies #leanmeat #wholemealproducts #alotofprotein #positivechange #fitfam