Cheap healthy foods
Cheap healthy foods! We all would love to get a bit healthier but it seems so freaking expensive.
And then there are the extra options, should you buy thing organic, do you I need to buy supplements and do you really need to buy fat burning pills or powders?
It all can be overwhelming and might even stop you from beginning in the first place! But don’t worry it doesn’t have to be that complicated.
Before I start this list I want to note that there are no foods inherently healthy or unhealthy. Only less and more nutritious.
In this article, I will list the foods that are more nutritious and are relatively cheap!
This blog post starts off with some general tips to reduce the costs of your groceries and then goes on with some tips on products for every macronutrient. T
To make sure you get the best bang for your bug there are some general tips you can follow. Buy foods when they are on sale.
This may sound obvious but when you really start to pay attention to this you can save great amounts of money.
There are some apps out there that have all the sales together so you can see where and what is on sale at the time.
You can also put in your favorite products and get notified when it is on sale. This takes a little time to set up but saves you a lot of money in the long run.
Buy things in bulk. Buying a pack of rice of 1KG might sound like a lot but you’ll eat it eventually.
When you buy stuff in bulk you need to be sure you can actually eat it all. Or choose foods with a long shelf life.
Because if you buy things and bulk and have to throw it all away you’ll end up wasting even more money than you would have in the first place.
Water and veggies
You can save a lot of money when you only drink water. Yes, this gets boring over time but it is the healthiest and cheapest option out there. Other cheap options are coffee and tea as long as you make it at home.
When it comes to vegetables and fruits your cheapest options will be the ones that are in season right now. When these are in season there is a big market surplus all of a sudden.
So the stores are packed with these foods and have to sell them because they need to sell a lot of them. There needs to be something that makes these products attractive.
The way companies do this, is by reducing the costs of the products they need to get rid of. Especially because vegetables and fruits have a shorter shelf life than other products.
I also have an article about cheap bulking foods that might be interesting for you!
I don’t think meal plans are the best option for everyone, there are different pros and cons that can make it a great fit for one and the worst option for someone ells.
It can give you an overall idea of what you need to consume on a daily basis to hit your goals. And can be great if you need some structure in your life.
A meal plan can also function very well as a grocery shopping list. This way you also avoid buying trigger foods and getting them in your house.
You’ll really be surprised how easy it is to stay away from those foods when you don’t have them around you or insight.
However, it does not really leave much room for flexibility and can be a problem when you lead a busy lifestyle.
So you need to decide for yourself if it is something for you and can fit in your life!
We’re starting off with the macro that most people have the hardest time getting in. This is also the most expensive macro of the three.
Protein is necessary for any healthy and balanced diet. It is the building block of our body and creates cells, muscles, enzymes, and even influences our hormones.
Adding protein to your diet can have some great benefits for fat loss as well. So it is a great macronutrient, the only downside is, is that it is pretty expensive.
But if you are searching for some lean and cheap sources chicken breast, eggs, canned tuna, and yogurt are your best options. If you’d like to read more about the health benefits of protein, you can click here.
A great way to save some money is to find sources that include protein and fats, this way you hit two birds with one stone.
Think of foods like eggs, salmon or mackerel. These are a great and healthy source of fat and protein!
Another great way to get your protein is through protein powder. These may seem expensive at first but if you do the math it is the cheapest food source for 1 gram of protein.
One of the cheapest brands out there is Myprotein, if you’d like to check them out you can click the link MyProtein discount here for a discount!
Carbohydrates need to be included in a healthy balanced diet as well. Although there are some diet out there that exclude carbohydrates fully.
There has been no evidence that this is better for fat loss than a diet that excludes carbohydrates. You will lose weight faster but this is only water weight.
There have been studies that concluded that there is no significant difference in fat loss.
So if you like carbs, don’t worry, you can still eat them while losing weight. And when you follow the next tips, you can also save some money!
Carbohydrates are definitely the cheapest macro as well. You can buy 1kg bags of rice for a very low price. Carbs supply you with the energy you need for your day to day activities and workouts!
This is because they can be made in bulk and stored for a long time. When you now a carb source that you like you can save a lot of money by buying them in bulk.
Type of carbohydrates
There are two types of carbs out there. Simple carbs, these are digested easily. And you have complex carbs, these take longer to digest.
The complex carbohydrates are the ones that will leave you satiated for longer. Meaning that you’ll consume fewer calories in the long run, so you’ll also consume less food.
And that is money going into your pocket.
Simple carb sources on a budget are fruits, honey, and sugar. Try to minimize the intake to ensure you stay around or under your daily energy needs.
Good sources of cheap complex carbs are oatmeal, brown rice, potatoes, fruit and whole grains.
Fats the macro with the highest calorie amount per gram (9 kcal). Because of this, you have to consume less food for the same amount of calories.
This can make fat sources cheaper. Eggs are probably the cheapest source you can find and they will also give you some protein! Other great affordable sources are olive oil, avocado’s, nuts and seeds and fatty fish.
Fat sources are not insanely cheap but the good thing is that you don’t need too much of it. A handful of nuts can easily go up to 250 calories and an avocado as well!
So be careful when you consume fat because of the high-calorie amount.