8 Ways to Eat Right on a Budget

 

Eating right isn’t always easy, especially on a college budget. As a student, you’re most likely not in the position to be able to afford to buy all of your groceries at Whole foods. Your schedule is busy, making it hard to go ‘all out” when preparing a meal. Usually, something quick and easy is preferred. This can make eating healthy seem really difficult. However, that isn’t the case. Here are 8 easy tips to eating healthy and not going broke in the process.

  1. Make a list:
    Making a list before grocery shopping can help you stay on track and only get the things you need, instead of wandering through the aisles being tempted by all the junk food. Make your list and stick to it! It’ll make the whole grocery shopping process go much smoother.
  2. Don’t buy junk food:
    Junk food can be really tempting. It’s usually cheap and easy to prepare, making it tempting for students on a budget. Don’t give in! If you don’t buy it, you can’t eat it. Try to stay out of those aisles at the grocery store; it’ll make buying junk food less tempting.
  3. Dairy:
    Dairy is cheap and filling while also giving you the calcium you need. I suggest getting some yogurt and adding some fresh fruit or granola to it. Not only is this a healthy meal option, but it tastes good too and stays within your budget.
  4. Buy plain foods:
    When you buy things like plain chicken or tofu it’s cheap and you can add any seasonings you want. You can choose how you want to cook it too! There’s baking, broiling, searing, and so on. Just avoid frying your food, that’s never healthy. Chicken is the best quality meat that also won’t break the bank, so it’s usually always a good option. Buying plain foods can be a cheap way to eat healthy and add your own flavor.
  5. Fruits and veggies:
    Fresh fruit can definitely be expensive. In my experience, I’ve found that Sprouts is a great option for cheap produce. Go for things like apples, oranges, and bananas. they tend to be cheaper than other fruits and can be used in dishes as well as eaten on their own. Veggies are always pretty cheap. Things like celery and peanut butter or cucumber slices with a little bit of pepper can be a really yummy snack that’s easy and cheap. Carrots, green bell peppers, spinach, green beans, and broccoli are all cheap vegetables that are really good to add to your dishes or eat on their own.
  6. Water, water, water:
    Try avoiding sugary drinks like soda or juice. These has loads of unnecessary calories that you could easily avoid by just drinking water. Water is free and there’s nothing better you could put in your body. Thankfully, living in Colorado we are lucky to have some of the best tap water available. If you still feel weird about drinking water from the sink, invest in a water filter. You can usually find them for less than $20 and they’ll last you a long time.
  7. Get a recipe book:
    You can usually find recipe books for pretty cheap. Check out a second-hand bookstore or Goodwill! Having a cookbook can be really helpful when you can’t figure out what to make. There are tons of healthy recipes you can try out and see what you like.
  8. NEVER go shopping hungry:
    One of the worst things you could do when trying to stay on a food budget is to go shopping when you’re hungry. When you go shopping hungry you often end up buying things you don’t even want or won’t end up eating, and you end up buying way more than you actually need.5. Fruits and Veggies

You can make healthy eating on a budget happen! It may seem daunting, but following these 8 steps will show you just how easy it can be.

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