Think Eating Healthy is TOO Expensive?
Yummy mummy, think again…
Fall Transformation Challenge Winner Angela Coffman is here to share her tips and strategies on how to eat healthy when you are on a tight budget.
I turned to Angela for she is the creator of GroceryShrink.com where she blogs to teach families how to eat healthy on a budget. Angela knows her stuff for she has a family of 8 yet manages to stick to a $400 monthly grocery budget.
I’ll turn it over to Angela….
How To Eat Healthy On A Budget
“Holly and I were visiting one day about how many emails she gets from women who wish they could join Fit Yummy Mummy, but don’t believe they have the money to eat healthy foods. One mother said, “We have a pizza and spaghetti budget.”
This is so sad, because eating healthy foods doesn’t have to cost more! In fact, it can cost less. For example, potato chips are $3.99 lb, but a bag of organic baby carrots can be purchased at Costco for $1.10 a lb. They are both grab and go snacks, but baby carrots are more affordable and will support your Fit Yummy Mummy goals.
Attention fit yummy mummy: if your family is used to eating pizza and spaghetti you can still work with that.
Pizza made at home with 100% whole grain crust and veggie toppings can become a healthy meal choice and is more affordable than buying frozen or deli take and bake pizzas.
Even spaghetti can become a super supportive food when marinara sauce is paired with ground turkey and poured over spaghetti squash or brown rice pasta instead of white flour noodles.
With Fit Yummy Mummy, Holly recommends eating 5-6 small meals a day with protein and produce at each meal.
This is why I’m basing this sample budget on 10-4oz servings of produce and 6-4oz servings of protein a day.
In addition you may want to add some servings of whole grains such as brown rice or quinoa which are just a few cents a serving. You can buy produce for a range of $.13-$.65 a serving and protein for a range of $.17-$1.00 a serving.
This comes out to $2.32-$12.50 a day for every Fit Yummy Mummy. Take that Fast Food Chains!
All of these prices were spotted this week at Costco, Aldi, or a local grocery store, but occasionally go on sale for even less. When you spot low prices, stock up! Then you’ll never have to pay full price again.
Fresh Jonagold Apples $5.99 for 12. $.50 a serving
6 Romaine Lettuce Hearts $3.79. $.32 a serving
Mini bell peppers $3.99 for 2 lbs $.50 a serving
Organic Baby Carrots $5.49 for 5 lbs $.27 a serving
Fresh Broccoli Florets 3 lbs for $4.79 $.40 a serving
Organic Frozen Broccoli 4 lbs for 5.99 $.37 a serving
Frozen whole strawberries $8.99 for 6 lbs $.37 a serving
Frozen wild blueberries $9.99 for 4 lbs $.62 a serving
Organic frozen green beans 6.49 for 5 lbs $.32 a serving
Normandy Veggies $6.49 for 5.5 lbs $.30 a serving
Frozen Stir Fry Veggies 6.99 for 5 lbs $.34 a serving
Fresh button mushrooms $1.29 for 8 oz $.65 a serving
Tangerines 3 lbs for $1 $.16 a serving
Black Grapes 2 lbs for $1.59 $.19 a serving
Onions 3 lbs for $1 $.16 a serving
Bananas $.50 lb $.13 a serving
frozen veggies on sale $.59 lb $.15 a serving
Canned tuna in water $.59 a can $.59 a serving
Eggs $1.29 a dozen (6 servings) $.21 a serving
Frozen boneless Chicken Breasts $2.00 a lb $.50 a serving
Almonds $9.99 for 10 lbs (Costco) $.22 a serving
Turkey Burgers $9.99 for 12 frozen patties (Costco) $.83 a serving
Dry Beans $1.99 a lb $.17 a serving
Salmon filets $3.99 a lb (Aldi) frozen $1.00 a serving
Frozen Raw shrimp $3.99 a lb (Aldi) $1.00 a serving
Ground Turkey $2.29 a lb (fresh Costco) $.57 a serving
Greek Yogurt (Kirkland brand Costco) $4.99 for 8 cups $.62 a serving
Almond Butter (Maranatha brand) $5.89 for 26 oz $.22 a serving
If you have a pantry filled with these healthy, low-cost foods, you can create a huge variety of meals in the form of stir-fries, soups, salads, smoothies, omelets, and wraps. It’s really not difficult to discover how to eat healthy on a budget.
I’m currently sprouting my own wheat berries ($.50 a lb) and will dry and grind them for sprouted grain tortillas and pita breads. When spring comes around you’ll find me planting my own organic produce in my yard to cut the bills even further. The dread that comes with thinking about doing the work is harder than the actual work, but for those who can’t or don’t want to grow your own foods, there are lots of savvy shopping choices for you that still make the Fit Yummy Lifestyle an affordable option.
I’m not blind to the tempting choices that can blow my grocery budget.
Fresh strawberries or blueberries call to me, but won’t show up in my fridge until spring when their prices fall again. But the affordable frozen alternatives make fantastic smoothies and since they were frozen quickly out of the field often contain more vitamins and minerals than “fresh” produce that has been on the shelf for a few days.
The $12.99 lb fresh tuna steaks aren’t in my menu plan either, but I have so many other affordable alternatives, there’s no reason to feel deprived. Many of my students at the Grocery Shrink are also Fit Yummy Mummy members. We’re proving every day that it’s possible to be fit and budget savvy at the same time.”
~ Angela Coffman
Thanks for mapping it all out for us Angela and helping to show moms how eat healthy on a budget, achieve your fat loss and fitness goals even when you are on a tight budget.
Be sure to check out Angela’s website – GroceryShrink.com for additional ways to save!
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