How to Eat Healthy If You Are on a Budget

Eating healthy and inexpensively are two things that are sometimes difficult to combine. However, there are many beautiful and many ways to eat rich foods on the cheap. Bulk, homemade vegetable garden, short circuit, with willpower and organization, the solutions are numerous.

There is a rumor that to eat well, you have to pay a high price. But sometimes the simpler alternatives are the best. Doing it yourself, with what is available and what is nearby, is the secret to healthier, more responsible, and less expensive food. So that these resolutions are now an integral part of your consumption habits, here are our tips:

Buy seasonal products

Greenhouse production costs for fruit and vegetables are still very high today. Buy good tomatoes (if possible organic) in summer and potatoes (or leeks) in winter. keeping pace with our ecosystem is a golden rule. By eating seasonal products, you will gain access to a first level which will save you money. Consuming products out of season also means going to look for fruits and vegetables that do not grow in our latitudes and paying the additional cost of transport.

By opting for local products, we, therefore, reduce the cost of shopping. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are also tasty fresh products. When picked when ripe, the fruits have a greater nutritional and taste value. Besides, it allows us to meet our nutritional needs at the moment. Winter fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins that strengthen our immune system.

Shop for cheap superfoods

Chia seeds, goji berries, acai, camu-camu, spirulina, kale cabbage, ginseng, these superfoods are popular! They are nutritional bombs, but with them, our wallet takes a hit. We, therefore, do not hesitate to replace them with (almost) equally virtuous foods.

Carrots, lentils, spinach, broccoli, these four very common vegetables in our diet are just as interesting for our bodies. Fiber, vitamins, minerals, they are almost all superfoods.

Buy your dry goods in bulk

For both conventional and organic farming, buying your pasta, rice, or packet of quinoa in large quantities is more profitable from a financial point of view. Don’t hesitate to buy in bulk if you have space.

Do not buy all your fruits and vegetables from the organic section

some fruits and vegetables are less exposed to parasites and can, therefore, be eaten even if they come from conventional agriculture

Choose fresh fish over organic fish

A recent study (carried out by "60 million consumers") recently proved that organic salmon was more toxic than wild salmon. So choose fresh fish or good quality frozen fish in all cases.

Do not shy away from frozen products

Denigrated for a good decade, food experts are trying to rehabilitate frozen products. Indeed, whether it is fruits, vegetables, or even aromatic herbs or meat, these foods are frozen shortly before distribution. Thus, they retain almost all of their nutritional values.

Grow a small vegetable and herb garden at home

Stop preconceived ideas, grow what you can at home, it's not rocket science. And you don't have to have a big garden to grow your basil or cherry tomatoes at home. Indeed, aromatic herbs and some fruits and vegetables are easy to grow in pots.

This way, you can build up a variety of small jars of herbs like chives, basil, cilantro, oregano, and thyme. These require simple maintenance and take up very little space (pots 15 to 20 centimeters deep).

It is also possible to grow certain vegetables that will require a little more patience, such as cherry tomatoes, salads (lettuce, lamb's lettuce, arugula), lemon, and eggplant. For the lemon and eggplant, count pots 30 to 45 centimeters deep.

Reduce your meat consumption

Today we live in an era where our way of consuming places meat at the center of our meals. A meal without meat even seems inconceivable for some and yet this hyper-consumption is harmful to our health as well as for the planet. As for quality meat (labeled or certified organic), it sometimes reaches much higher prices compared to standard meats whose quality leaves something to be desired.

It is, therefore, wiser to reduce your meat consumption and tune in to better meat at a lower frequency. We also don't hesitate to find recipes to easily replace meat and cover all our protein and iron needs.

Snack on homemade foods

For snacks or snacks of the day, small packages of cookies and all kinds of sweets are never far away. But here too, we have the solution to save money and replace these small snacks with healthier snacks and snacks: playing the budding pastry chefs. Fruit salads, cookies, soft cakes, homemade compote.

These are simple snacks to prepare, more substantial, and healthier than industrial cookies. Making your snack or your snack also represents a financial saving, because it involves preparing in quantity with inexpensive raw materials.

Consume local produce

Today, our purchasing options are diversifying and offering greener and more economical solutions. Now we are no longer forced to buy only products that have traveled colossal distances. More and more producers and farms are welcoming more and more locavores. There are producers nearby who are just waiting for you to come and buy your produce directly from them.

To find where these producers are located, there are interactive maps that list these different places of sale.

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