When you start on a journey to eat a more healthy and balanced diet, you might worry that it won’t just be your waistline that shrinks, but your wallet might too. But rest easy! This really isn’t the case. In a study done by the Harvard School of Public Health, they found that “The healthiest diets cost about $1.50 more per day than the least healthy diets…” That means you only spend about $45 more per person every month on a healthy diet. Still questioning whether you can make the switch? Consider the chronic illnesses (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, etc. [CSPINET]) that result from unhealthy diets and the medical costs associated with them. You might realize that you are saving a lot of money in the long run, and gaining peace of mind when it comes to the health of your family.
If you started 2019 with a promise to put better food into your body, we want to help you stick to it! First, let’s look at some tips from WebMD on how to eat healthy without breaking the bank:
- Try frozen fruits and vegetables
- Buy what’s in season – seasonal produce is typically cheaper!
- Try plant-based protein instead of meat – think lentils and beans!
- Plan your meals before you shop to prevent impulsive selections and over-buying
You should also find some pantry staples that won’t break the bank and still meet your new healthy food standards. The Food Network offers some great healthy foods that all cost under $3:
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Whole grain pasta
- Brown rice
- Sweet potatoes
Stock up on foods likes these and use them as the staple for several meals every week to save more money.
One rule of thumb to follow when maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is to eat “whole foods” – foods in their natural state. According to WebMD, “Many health experts believe that eating more whole foods is our best bet for improving health and preventing disease.” So, when planning your meals, try to make each component with a whole food. An example of a whole foods breakfast would be a smoothie made with a banana, frozen blueberries, whole milk, Greek yogurt, and spinach. A whole foods dinner could be chicken breast, brown rice, and broccoli. Moral of the story: keep healthy eating simple by choosing whole foods.
Now, you might be worried that the whole foods approach may leave you wanting for flavor, but fear not! That’s where we come in. Our huge variety of flavorful olive oils and balsamic vinegars will pair perfectly with your healthy dishes. We have almost every flavor combination you can imagine, so whatever you are craving, we’ve got you covered.
One last tip: check out the Choose My Plate website. This is a great resource for all things healthy eating on a budget! Check it out and let us know how your journey to a healthier you is going!