February 27, 2014 by thehealthyheartcenter
Most of us know that eating our fruits and vegetables are the healthy option, however, sometimes this is easier said than done. Here are some tips when meal planning on a budget:
– Make a list before you go to the grocery store, and stick to it! Try to avoid spending on nonessential items.
– Don’t forget that any form of produce is good; this includes fresh, frozen, and canned. If you opt for the canned, try to buy products low in sodium or remember to rinse the veggies well, under water before you serve them.
– Plan your meal so that fruits/vegetables are the main course, and add protein and grains around it. Also, make these meals ones that go a long way, such as crock-pot soups or casseroles, so that you can serve them for dinner more than once throughout the week.
– Buy in season fresh produce. Even though you can get the same fruits and veggies throughout the year, the in season fruits and veggies can be slightly cheaper.
– When there are sales on vegetables and fruits, buy more. If you don’t think you and your family will finish it before it goes bad, consider freezing it or making a meal with it that you can freeze for a busy week. Don’t go too overboard if you think that it won’t be used at all, otherwise it would be a waste.
– The golden rule of grocery shopping: don’t shop when you’re hungry! You will be much more likely to throw unnecessary items into your cart, and this can end up costing you more money than anticipated.
– Compare other brands of products to get the most value out of your buck.
– Think about the nutritional value you are paying for when you purchase items like potato chips, cookies, and soda versus foods like carrots, apples, and orange juice. Don’t you want to put your money towards the good nutrients instead of paying for excessive calories from fat and added sugars?!
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