As a dietitian, one of the most common complaints I get is that “eating healthy is too expensive”. This is 100% false. You simply need to be smart about your shopping.
Here are a three tips for extending your grocery budget:
– PLAN. Too often when I ask my clients what they will be having for supper today or tomorrow, I get the deer-in-the-headlights look. Planning your meals (notice I did not say prepping) is the first step to a healthy diet. Invest in a white board and on Sundays, write down 3-5 meals that you can make that week. This way you can make your grocery list and you won’t be tempted to eat unhealthy convenience foods when you get home and are at a lost on what to have for supper.
– Pick a protein (or two). Too often when I ask my clients to write down what they will be eating it will go something like this:
- Monday: Grilled salmon and asparagus
- Tuesday: Chicken cobb salads
- Wednesday: Meatloaf with mashed potatoes
- Thursday: Shrimp scampi and garlic bread
- Friday: Turkey and cheese sandwiches with tomato soup
These all look yummy but my goodness that grocery list will be a foot long! Don’t make it more difficult than it needs to be. Try to pick 1-2 proteins that you can get a couple meals out of. This will decrease your grocery bill and cut back on food waste. For example, buy chicken breasts and make stir fry, chicken salads, wraps, etc.
– Use your resources. There are plenty of FREE resources and recipes out there. Do some research. This will also help you eliminate boredom with your meals! Here is a great resource by Leanne Brown that I always share with my clients:
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