At the Torres Center, one of the phrases we hear the most is “but eating healthy is too expensive!” Well, we’re here to prove you wrong! It’s possible to maintain your current grocery budget (or spend less) by eating healthier foods. Maintaining a healthy diet has many financial incentives, such as spending less on medical care and eating out.
We have a few tips that will help you spend less at the grocery store but ensure that you fill your cart with only the most nutritious foods. Here they are!
- Eat Seasonally
This is especially easy to do in the summer, when many produce foods are in season here in Texas. We like to use Sustainable Table’s tool to learn what’s in season. When foods are locally in season, they’re much less expensive.
- Plan Your Meals
Rather than shopping meal by meal or aimlessly roaming the grocery store, go in with a plan. Plan your meals a week at a time. This will help you plan out exactly what you need and how much of it to buy. It also helps to limit impulse purchases of unhealthy drinks and snacks.
- Don’t Forget Leftovers
Food waste? More like a waste of money. Make sure you factor leftovers into your meal plan, and get into the habit of eating them for lunch or dinner the next day. If your leftovers will last you more than a few days, freeze them in individual servings. Don’t forget about leftover raw ingredients, either. If you’re buying a head of cauliflower, plan to use it in other meals if you know you won’t use all of it for the first meal.
- You Don’t Always Need Organic
Many people see the high prices of organic produce, then quickly run back to their old grocery shopping habits. If organics aren’t in your budget, however, you shouldn’t feel pressured to buy only organic. Regular fruits and veggies will be just as nutritious for your family. If you have room in your budget, check out the dirty dozen to know what you should buy organic. The dirty dozen is a list of the 12 fruits and vegetables that should be prioritized when choosing whether or not to buy organic.
- Try Meatless Mondays
Meat also adds up on your grocery bill. Try savings with meatless Mondays. You can plan your Monday meals around cheaper vegetarian foods, such as eggs, lentils, sweet potatoes, and salads.
At the Torres Center in the Houston Heights, our doctors care about helping you create a healthier lifestyle. We offer nutrition classes for adults and adolescents, as well as medically supervised weight-loss programs. Schedule your annual checkup or weight-loss consultation today.