Happy Friday, all!
Are you as excited as I am for the weekend? I’m looking forward to it for two reasons:
1. Matt and I are being super active tomorrow morning. One of us is going to run while the other bikes for 10 miles (to the bay). On the way back, we’ll switch. Pray for my survival. I haven’t run 10 miles since my marathon training in January.
2. I’m attending a baby shower via Skype. Awkward? Yes. But I need to be there, and this is the only way I can be since it’s all the way back home in Chicago.
Both will be…interesting.
I’m hoping to keep up with my diet intervention plan as well. The weekend is always my downfall.
Continuing with the healthy thing…
As you may know, I occasionally try to never fail to eat healthy. While my body likes it, my wallet does not. Since eating healthy can get pretty expensive, I’ve begun to practice five different ways to make a healthy diet realistic. Check out my top tips for eating healthy on a budget:
- Buy cheaper foods.
You’re welcome for pointing out the obvious. It’s true though. Cheaper healthy foods often mean they’re either 1. in season or 2. close to their original/raw form (which I talked about in this post). I always have a large canister of oats and a bag of brown rice available. You have to make it exciting unlike the prepackaged versions, but you can do so much more with them! Some cheaper produce year-round tend to be carrots, cabbage, bananas, and green peppers. Stay on the lookout though! Don’t get suckered into buying 10 blueberries for $5. I mean seriously? It makes me sad, although it is tempting because I love blueberries.
Right now you can find asparagus, spinach, broccoli, pineapple and more in season, which makes it much cheaper than the rest of the year. Did you catch that? I said PINEAPPLE. One of the best fruits ever. We gave this one to someone though, so I’m thinking we need another one…. Anywho, check out this seasonal guide to see when fruits and veggies are at their prime. A lot are in season year-round, which is AWESOME. Why else would I eat so many friggin bananas all the time?
- Buy frozen foods.
Just because something isn’t in season doesn’t mean you can’t gorge yourself on enjoy it. I like to have a good supply of frozen fruit and veggies in the freezer to mix things up. Sometimes they’re even healthier than what’s at the store fresh because they were frozen at their prime!
- Freeze your fresh foods.
This is a big one. If you have leftovers, produce, or other food you don’t eat as frequently, throw it in the freezer! Here are some of the many things we always freeze: extra bread (also different types of buns that are nice to have on hand), tortillas, extra marinara that we didn’t use, meat, cheese, beans, and more. Seriously. It’s a great way to get the most out of what you paid for.
I always go to the store with a list, but I try to keep my eyes peeled for sales (which is why we have 3 huge canisters of oats right now). If you don’t want to buy two bags of spinach for the price of one because you know you won’t eat it all (or is it just me?), then freeze a bag right before it goes bad. That’s one of my favorite discoveries recently. Sometimes I don’t finish the whole bag of spinach (or maybe fruit too), but it tastes JUST as good in my Berry Spinach Smoothie or Protein Spinach Smoothie. Yum!
There you have it. Most are pretty obvious, but if you actually start doing them, buying healthy foods gets a lot easier. Hope you found my tips useful!
Have a lovely weekend.