There may come a time in your life when money gets tight.
And during those times you will have to find ways to cut back and save money.
According to a survey by Gallup and Healthways, when money is tight Americans tend to eat less fruits and vegetables.
We of course don’t want that to be the case. So here are a few tips that will help you save money and eat healthy.
8 Ways To Maintain a Healthy Diet When Money Is Low
Shop For Seasonal Produce
Seasonal produce is the most affordable produce.
The Spring and Summer are the best times to load up on fruits such as blueberries.
Do a little research and learn what fruits and vegetables are in season and plan your meals around those fruits and vegetables.
Fresh fruits and vegetables will also be the most expensive.
And while you may prefer the taste of fresh produce, in reality the frozen varieties can be just as tasty.
They also have similar nutritional values so you won’t be missing out on any of the health benefits.
Getting in the nutrients from frozen produce makes it easier to maintain a healthy diet.
Look For Produce Bargains Year Round
Some produce can be found at bargain prices year round.
The most common ones would be broccoli and almost anything in the cabbage family.
Eat More Beans
We all know the saying, “beans, beans, good for your heart, the more you eat them, the more you….”
I will leave the rest for your imagination.
The great thing about beans is they are a really great low fat source of protein.
They are also extremely affordable.
A two pound bag of beans will cost you less than $4.
And since beans are a volume food they can last a long time.
They are also very versatile and can be used in a variety of different dishes.
Here are a few bean recipe ideas you can give a try.
Eat Canned Fish
Besides the health benefits that come from eating fish, there are also financial benefits.
You can get a can of tuna for less than $1.
Now we will be honest, tuna is not the most delicious thing to eat.
Unless of course you know how to spice it up.
If you do tuna can prove to be a delicious meal for those on a tight budget.
Eat Oatmeal For Breakfast
Most people eat cereal for breakfast.
But as you very well know, cereal can be quite expensive.
One box can easily cost you over $5.
Oatmeal on the other hand is very cheap and very healthy.
A small container of oatmeal will run you around $2 and will last for an entire week.
Eat More Whole Foods
Instead of using expensive supplements, focus on eating more whole foods.
Not only are whole foods cheaper than supplements, but your body also absorbs them a lot better.
5 Lifestyle Changes That Can Save You Money and Help You Maintain a Healthy Diet
Exercise On a Regular Basis
Make it a point to exercise on a regular basis. It may sound crazy, but when you exercise you are more likely to eat a healthy diet.
This of course isn’t always the case, but it does happen.
Try to walk 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleep is such a vital part of your overall health and well being.
When you don’t get enough sleep your metabolism will slow down and you will end up gaining weight.
If you feel a little stressed out before going to bed, try taking a warm bath.
Drink More Water
Water is the best thing you can drink.
Not only does it keep you hydrated, but it also flushes out toxins and suppresses your appetite.
All of this leads to better physical and mental health. It also leads to weight loss.
You don’t need to buy any specially branded bottled water.
As long as it is from 100% natural spring waters you are good to go.
Start Your Own Garden
If you have a backyard why not grow your own food?
Even if you don’t have a backyard, you can always start a community garden or grow food in pots.
Growing your own garden will save you a ton of money.
Even better is you will know exactly where your food came from.
A garden will provide you with the freshest most nutritious food available.
Become a Mindful Eater
We know this sounds crazy, but eating mindfully will help you better enjoy your food.
Not only will you feel more satisfied, but you will end up eating less because you are paying attention to what you are eating.
We understand that eating healthy can seem too expensive when money is tight.
But truth be told, if you know how to grocery shop, not only can you save money, but you will be able to maintain a healthy diet even when money is low.