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Healthy eating does not need to be costly. There are many ways you can reap the benefits of healthy eating while also being on a budget! The foods you eat don’t need to be fancy or expensive to be nourishing and flavourful.

The nutrition we gain from the food we eat is critical for good health and overall wellness. While junk food might often be cheap and seem convenient, the cost of food should not steer you away from eating well. There are plenty of cheap, nutritious, and delicious foods out there to be found! The concept of healthy eating being more costly is far from the truth. Whether or not you are following a budget, I think today’s tips are great for anyone! Healthy eating doesn’t need to break your bank, and you can certainly eat well and feel vibrant while also being on a budget. Let’s breakdown my top 4 hacks for budget friendly nutrition!

1. LIMIT ANIMAL PROTEINS: To save some money, replace animal proteins with plant based proteins (i.e. beans, lentils, peas, tofu) which are more affordable, nutrient-rich, and easy to integrate into your typical recipes. You can get creative with different flavours, cooking methods, and recipes with plant based protein sources! There are so many resources out there for easy plant based meals you can find in cookbooks and online. A few of my favourite cookbooks for plant based recipes are Eat More Plants, Minimalist Baker, and Oh She Glows. In addition,  if you simply type “plant based meals” into the search bar on Pinterest, you’ll see a ton of different plant based recipes come up.

2. FROZEN/CANNED/DRIED: Frozen, canned, and dried fruits + vegetables are usually more affordable than fresh, and they keep their nutrients. Another great thing about frozen, canned, or dried food items is that they also keep for longer, meaning less food waste!

3. SKIP THE “SUPERFOODS”: Don’t let the marketing term “superfoods” fool you. There is no definition of superfoods out there that is actually agreed on, and a lot of the health claims made about superfoods are not proven. Superfoods are typically quite expensive and not worth your money. You can still gain nutritional benefits from whole food sources for a lot less!

4. TURN AWAY FROM PREMADE MEALS: Steer clear of premade foods. It’s quick and easy to make your own meals for a lot less. Ready made soups, pastas, salads, etc can become so expensive. You can easily make your own versions at home in larger quantities [great for meal prep], for a lot less, and with less ingredients! Plus, when you make your own meals, you know exactly what is in it and what source of nutrition you are truly getting.

Thank you for reading today’s post! Do you have any budget friendly hacks when it comes to healthy eating? Comment below to share!

Jenna XO


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