My expensive egg trip to Whole Foods (see yesterday’s post) highlights one of the biggest obstacles to healthy eating: cost. Loading up on “healthy” processed foods can cost you a lot. But, in reality, you can’t use cost as an excuse for not eating well. Here are my top ten ways to keep your diet healthy without breaking your budget.
1) Stick to oatmeal, natural peanut butter and bananas at breakfast.
2) Buy organic berries frozen or when they are on sale.
3) When organic meat or chicken is on sale, buy extra and freeze in individual portions.
4) Wash your own organic lettuce – prewashed lettuce comes at a premium.
5) Buy raw nuts at Costco – almonds and walnuts are always available – and roast them yourself if you choose.
6) Substitute dried beans for meat at many meals during the week.
7) Make your own hummus.
8) Make your own salad dressings.
9) Buy brown rice and quinoa in bulk.
10) Skip “organic” soda, cookies, scones, chips, granola bars, muffins, cakes and candy. In fact, just skip these foods altogether.