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  • Writer's pictureShruti GOCHHWAL

Here’s How You Can Eat Cheap and Healthy Meals on a Budget

Eating healthy meals everyday can have a transforming effect on your health and well-being. But many people use the excuse of not having enough money to purchase costly ingredients needed to make fancy meals like smoothies, shakes, and salads. Most people regard the phrase healthy meals on a budget as a myth.

We are here to tell you that you can benefit from eating nutritious and well-balanced meals even when you are broke. If you are short on money or are going through some serious financial troubles, falling into the trap of believing that healthy food requires you to lighten your wallet is easy. But it is just something that has been ingrained in the minds of people by society.

Let’s find out how you can accomplish your goal of eating cheap healthy food and attain the wealth of health in return!

How to Make Healthy Meals for One Person on a Budget

Don’t let anything discourage you from improving your health. Income and time can be no barriers to preparing healthy food at home. Here are some expert tips to help you to easily make food that is delicious and inexpensive.

  1. Purchase frozen vegetables

  2. Do not waste anything

  3. Buy from cheaper brands

  4. Embrace bulk cooking

  5. Eat pulses more often

  6. Season for taste

1.   Purchase Frozen Vegetables

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Frozen fruits and vegetables, Credit: Pixabay

One of the best ways by which you can eat healthy on a budget is by buying frozen vegetables that are a lot cheaper than fresh ones. Alternatively, you can also freeze the vegetables that you have at home to increase their longevity. Choose your vegetables and fruits, zip them up in an airtight container and place them in the freezer. You won’t have to go out to purchase more vegetables as these ones will last you for more than a week.

2.   Do Not Waste Anything

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Wastage of food, Credit: Pixabay

As children we are always old to finish our food till nothing remains on our plate. There’s a lot to learn from this saying, especially when you are trying to eat on a budget. Only buy what you know that you will be eating. Do not toss away the food that is left on your plate, instead put it somewhere else where you can easily use them for later. You will be surprised to see how much difference it will make.

3.   Buy from Cheaper Brands

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Aisles in supermarket, Credit: Pixabay

People often fall into the trap of buying food items from big brands. They lured into the fancy packaging and the lofty claims advertised on the labels. Guess what! There is no huge difference between a renowned brand and a cheap one in terms of the nutrient value. Try buying from cheaper brands and find out if your body is adjusting to the food well. Chances are, you will not reach out for that expensive brand again!

4.   Embrace Bulk Cooking

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Person cooking in bulk, Credit: Pixabay

A time and money saving way to boost your health is to cook in bulk. You only need to cook some extra and freeze it for the future. The best time to do it is during the weekends. Make large batches of food and store it for later use. Simple.

5.   Eat Pulses More Often

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Pulses in jars, Credit: Pixabay

Do you know that pulses count as one of the world’s cheapest foods? But their cheapness does dent their nutritional value even a bit. They are not only low in calories but also filled with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Use it as an inexpensive protein source and you will be amazed by the results.

6.   Season for Taste

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Person seasoning food, Credit: Pixabay

Seasoning your food is a great way of  enjoying healthy meals on a budget. Seasonings like onions, garlic, and the like are cheaply and easily available everywhere. They guarantee a restaurant-like taste to your home-cooked food.

There you go. Now you don’t have to worry about your tight budget breaking your health resolutions. Just implement these tips and soon you will have a healthy lifestyle.

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