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10 Diet Hacks For Eating Healthy On A Tight Budget
Sometimes it seems impossible to eat healthy on a tight budget. Often, the cheapest vegetables and cuts of meat are the ones that doctors and dieticians say you should avoid. There is hope! Let’s jump right into 10 easy diet hacks you can do to eat healthy and even lose weight on a budget.
With Dr. Alibhai’s training in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, he performs a wide range of general surgical procedures as well including:
- Robotic Gallbladder surgery
- Robotic hernia surgery
- Acid Reflux surgery
Mustafa H. Alibhai,MD,FACS,FASMBS
1. Start Meal PlanningEating healthy on a tight budget begins before you head to the grocery store. The first thing you should do before you write out your grocery list is pre-plan all your meals. Plan what you will eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. It’s also a good idea to include the whole family so everyone is on a similar diet. When you get to the store, resist any urges to buy products that are not on your list. Meal planning takes just a little time, yet makes a huge impact on how much you spend at the checkout counter. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much money you can save when your grocery list becomes a plan of action instead of a cravings-driven free for all.
2. Buy Whole Foods and Kick Processed Foods to the CurbThat almost sounds painful, right? But, you can do this! Processed foods can be harmful to our health and are a big reason for the prevalence of obesity in the United States. They are either high in fat, salt and/or sugar. To be clear, nearly all food is a little bit processed (example: bagged salads, canned nuts). What we’re referring to here is overly-processed foods like boxed dinners,frozen meals and shredded cheese. Instead of buying several bags of shredded cheese, buy one whole block and shred it yourself to eat healthier and stay on budget.
3. Pass Up The Bagged SaladsBagged salads are healthy, but they can be expensive, only hold small portions and don’t include the other vegetables most people add on. Instead of getting pre-prepared salads, grab all the ingredients and make your own. A head of lettuce is less expensive than the pre-washed, pre-cut variety in bags because the produce companies charge customers more for having done the work for you. Grab a box of quart size storage bags and make your family’s favorite salad blend to go. This is an awesome hack for eating healthy on a limited budget and on the go.
4. Eliminate Junk FoodYou knew this one was coming! Many bariatric patients are not clear about which foods are junk foods. To keep it simple, you should consider junk food to be any food that is high in calories but low in nutritional value. That includes potato chips, fruit snacks, sodas, bottled juices, pizza, cheeseburgers, fries and ice cream. Not only is junk food bad for your health, it will sabotage your attempts to eat healthy on a budget.
5. Eat Other Protein Sources Besides MeatWe all know that meat is a primary source of protein, but there are other healthy options that help you meet your daily protein intake at a lower cost. When your budget is tight and you can’t afford healthy meats, opt for non-meat proteins such as:
- Dry beans
- Reduced fat milk
- Eggs (especially egg whites)
- Cottage cheese