In many people’s minds, a healthy diet is associated with expensive products, and hence with the higher costs for food. But here are a few tips that will allow you to change your eating habits into healthier, without increasing the expenditure on food.
Eat more fiber and less refined sugar and hydrogenated oils, that means – eat plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruits, more whole grain cereals (including bread, rice and pasta) and reduce consumption of highly processed food. Of course fresh vegetables may be more expensive than junk food, but fruits and vegetables are packed with fiber, therefore filling us up and ultimately decreasing our spending on more food. While highly processed food on the contrary, increases our appetite and therefore our spending on food, supplements and, at last, on new bigger clothes.
Limit saturated fats particularly in butter, cream, processed and fatty meats, fried foods, cakes, biscuits and cookies, take away and fast foods. In this way you will save your extra calories and your money.
Choose low-fat dairy products instead of full-fat dairy (price – the same).
Drink plenty of water and limit or, better yet, completely abandon soft drinks. Tip: carry a water bottle everywhere this prevent you from buying other drinks.
Eat your meals. Regular meals include breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks daily, so you are not too hungry and overeat. Snack on low-energy, nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, low-fat crackers and dips. To save money, pack your lunch and healthy snacks – always cheaper and healthier than a restaurant