Being healthy is one of the hardest things to do because not only is it time consuming, it’s super expensive! Luckily, we have expert tips on how you can create healthy meals for summer on a tight budget & they’re life changing!
Eating clean and healthy while on a tight budget seems almost impossible because healthy food is so expensive. Thankfully, Amie Valpone, Lycored Nutrition Ambassador & Celebrity Culinary Nutritionist, gave us amazing tips on how to make healthy meals for summer while on a tight budget, a reality. Amie gave us 5 important tips and said, “Jot each of these down on a piece of paper and tape the paper to your fridge so you can look at these tips every day before you open the fridge to acclimate yourself to this way of living (and eating).” Here are Amie’s 5 amazing tips:
1. Reach for Anti-Inflammatory Foods.
“Antioxidants such as Lycopene (found in tomatoes) are great for providing the benefits for our skin from the inside out so you can cut down on multiple, pricy and less healthy ingredients and just purchase whole foods such as tomatoes. With this one single food, you can add flavor to everything from salads to scrambled eggs to slow roasted or simmered into a tomato sauce or used to make a homemade dressing and marinade. The majority of what you eat should have one ingredient.”
2. Get on a Schedule.
Every Sunday night, make a plan. Pick three gluten-free grains, five veggies, and four healthy fats to use in your meals and snacks for the week. You can easily create all your meals and snacks for the week from this group of foods you choose. Focus on filling up on whole, anti-inflammatory foods like avocado, which is a healthy fat that your body needs.”
3. Realize Lettuce is Over-Rated.
“Lettuce is SO expensive. It’s so much cheaper to buy kale or frozen spinach or another frozen green veggie, plus, lettuce doesn’t have the nutritional value and fiber boost that other green veggies do.”
4. Buy in Bulk & Cook in Bulk.
“Buying in bulk will help save you precious money. Head over to the bulk bins in your food store or health food store and load up on whole grains such as wild rice, quinoa, millet, dried beans and other whole grains such as whole grain pasta. I like to shop for these items on Sunday mornings and then spend the rest of the day cooking these ingredients. Sunday nights are the best for cooking large batches of food for your week.”
5. Stock Your Freezer.
“If my local food store is having a sale on a vegetable I love, I’ll grab a pound or two, along with my favorite marinating ingredients, combine them when I’m home, and either roast or grill them. Then I transfer the veggies to a sealed container and freeze them for a future meal when I don’t have time to devote all night to cooking. Trust me—a well-stocked freezer is like finding $10 in your coat pocket.”
What do you guys think of these tips, will you try them? VOTE above & tell us what you think!