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Eating Healthy on a Budget
January 4, 2010, 11:07 pm
Filed under: General Nutrition

Do you have a hard time eating healthy because you’re on a tight budget?  Use the following tips to eat healthy and save money:

  • Eat at home more often
    • Make healthy snacks at home and take them with you
    • Pack a lunch most days of the week
    • Make healthy meals in large portions and freeze leftovers
  • Shopping techniques
    • Make a shopping list for this week’s meals and stick to the list
    • Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry!
    • Shop for most of your food around the perimeter of the store to avoid the more costly, processed foods
  • Look for deals
    • Browse your local stores to see who offers the best deals on your favorite, healthy products
    • Search the newspaper for coupons
    • Compare the per unit price between brands and different sized packages
    • Choose generic if possible
  • Buy in bulk
    • Look for deals on pre-bagged, bulk fruits and veggies
    • Purchase sale priced lean meats in bulk and freeze what you don’t plan to use in 5 days
    • Stock up on sale priced whole grain crackers and cereals
    • Most stores offer a discount on milk if you buy 2 gallons at a time
  • Go Frozen!
    • Stock up on sale priced frozen meals (Kashi, Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, Smart Ones)
    • Buy a wide variety of frozen veggies.  They are just as healthy as fresh veggies but they’re cheaper and last longer
    • Purchase frozen lean meats
  • Do your own prep work
    • Buy whole fruits and veggies and do the cutting and peeling yourself
    • Shred a block of reduced fat cheese
    • Remove skin from chicken breasts

This information was brought to you by OC Nutrition, Your Trusted Source for Health & Nutrition Advice.  OC Nutrition offers nutrition counseling services over the phone or in person in Irvine, Orange, Anaheim Hills, Chino, Glendora and Long Beach.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact:

Kristy L. Richardson, MS, MPH, RD, CSSD, CHES
Registered Dietitian & Exercise Physiologist
(949) 933-6788

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