A Savvy Parent’s Guide to Eating Healthy on a Budget

These days every penny counts. It can be difficult to make decisions based on your budget when you really want to be able to afford eating healthy foods. However, there are some things you can do to ensure that your family is eating healthy food without breaking the bank.

Organics – The Dirty Dozen

While it would be nice to buy organic everything, the fact is, it’s not that financially feasible. Instead, eat healthy by focusing on the foods that most benefit from organic farming:

  • Strawberries
  • Lettuce
  • Peaches
  • Celery
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Nectarines
  • Bell Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes
  • Grapes (Imported varieties)
  • Cherries

In addition to these fruits and vegetables you may also wish to buy organic milk and coffee. Organic meats are wonderful but can be spendy. Instead, try free range chicken and grass fed beef if you can’t afford organic.

Grow Your Own

If you have even a small amount of yard space, or even a porch or deck that receives some sunlight, you can have your own small vegetable and herb garden. There’s nothing like fresh vegetables and growing your own is certainly inexpensive. If you have more land to spare, grow a larger crop and do some canning. This time-tested art has saved families thousands of dollars throughout the decades. Not only is it a great way to save money, but it can also be an activity that the family does together.

Whole Foods

Your local bulk food section can be a great way to save money when looking for healthy foods to eat. Whole grains, rice, and lentils are all very affordable and contain vital nutrients and are high in fiber. As you shop, just remember that the more processed something is, the less healthy it may be. Instead, opt for whole foods. This may mean more prep time in the kitchen, but the health benefits will be well worth it.

If you really want to save money, consider making your own soups, stews and chili’s and freezing the leftovers. These types of recipes allow for lots of vegetables and inexpensive whole grains and are very affordable to make.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive – keep your priorities in mind and with a little more work in the kitchen you’ll be eating better than ever.

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