One of the main questions I get from my clients is "how can I eat healthy food on a budget?" It can be hard to eat the right types of food if budget is a concern with organic meat, veg, fish, and pretty much all other 'health foods' prices being well above that of sugar laden convenenience foods. It can be confusing to know where to start if you are embarking on a new health journey where food is concerned and it is made much worse by the fact that eating clean, healthy, and nutritious food will for certain cost you more than the textbook diet that can save you money but at the compromise of your health and body!
Check out this quick list of cheap health foods which will help you eat healthy foods whatever your budget and start improving your health, body, and mind! Starting with a shopping list based around these health food staples!
Excellent eggs are most definitely a health food and what is even better is that they are dirt cheap! Eggs are jam packed with complete proteins, healthy fats, and trace minerals such as choline, potassium, and all B vitamins making them a deliciously filling and healthy food which won't break the bank.
Sweet potato is another extremely nutrient dense food which you can get cheaply at your local supermarket. It is an excellent choice after an intense workout and extremely versatile! My favourite is sweet potato wedges roasted in the oven with some simple herbs and spices, Yum! When picking your source of carbohydrate you can do a lot worse than sweet potato because unlike rice, pasta, and standard potato which are all pretty nutrient devoid sweet potatoes have a ton of vitamins which will improve your health like vitamin C!
The cost of fresh produce is continuously increasing making it difficult to be able to eat these healthy foods if budget is a concern. Enter frozen veg, not only is it more conveniently stored in your freezer meaning very little waste it is also a lot cheaper than fresh veg! You can get yourself a couple of large bags of organic frozen veg and they will last you forever for the cost of a few pieces of fresh veg. So don't skip your veggies if you are on a tight budget, take a trip down the frozen aisle and stock up on mega convenient and healthy frozen veg!
Greek yogurt is another protein packed food which can be used as a healthy dessert, breakfast, or snack with a squeeze of honey, a handful of nuts, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. (thats how I like mine!) You can get a large container of greek yogurt for pretty cheap and it is another source of complete proteins to add to your diet without expensive cuts of meat. For those looking to increase their protein intake further try mixing a cup or so of greek yogurt with some of your favourite protein powder for a big protein hit.
Almonds are a great source of healthy fats and vitamins such as vitamin E and magnesium and they aren't too expensive either. They are tasty, filling, and can be used as a snack in between meals when your are trying to cut the junk out of your diet. These are a staple health food which can be used in a vartiety of meals to make them more filling. Buy in bulk to save in the long run and have a small handful when you find yourself craving a snack.
These are just five foods which I recommend to clients trying to eat healthily on a budget but there are plenty more health foods which don't have to cost the earth which didn't make the top five including:
- Beans (not baked beans!)
- Tinned tuna
- Cottage cheese
- And many more!
What are your favourite health foods to eat when on a budget? Let us know and share this list of cheap health foods with anyone who is making a go of improving their health!