Eating Clean on a Budget

Many people have the misconception that eating healthy is “more expensive” than not. Well, they couldn’t be more wrong. If you’re smart about your grocery shopping, you’ll spend even less than you would think! I want to share some tips and tricks for “dieting for cheap” including some “cheap” and easy recipes!

When grocery shopping, my biggest tip for you is to buy the generic brands. Most of the time, the store you’re shopping at will have almost the exact same item (almost the same ingredients) in the store brand, but for way cheaper. Buy that one – it’s the same thing at a lower price.

Plan your meals for the week and stick to your shopping list. Never shop when you’re hungry or else your cabinets will be stocked with chips and cookies again. You’ll tell yourself it’s a “once in a while” snack, but be real with yourself – it’s not. 😊 I know I can’t have chips or cookies lying around the house.

Of course, you can fit chips and cookies into your macros if you’d like – but it has to be a part of your grocery list, not a spontaneous buy!

Buy whole foods. Have you ever seen the pre-chopped veggies or potatoes in containers? Do you realize the mark-up on those items?! It’s insane! Do yourself a favor: Buy the whole vegetable or potato and cut it up yourself – don’t be lazy! 😉

Some other things to keep in mind: A block of cheese is cheaper than shredded cheese (for a good fat source), and canned beans are a cheap carb source as well. Oatmeal is also way cheaper than most cereals – it’s healthier, too.

Keep your coupons! Seriously, we get so many of them. Some are useful and some not, but save them all – you never know! I can’t tell you how many Halo Top coupons I get because we buy so much of it! 😝

Get rid of your excuses, save money, and eat right!

Here are a couple “cheap” recipes for you…

Recipe #1: Roasted Chicken and Veggies

1 lb of any part of the chicken you prefer – breasts, thighs, wings, etc.
Brussels sprouts
1-2 sweet potatoes
olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

Directions: Lightly toss chicken and veggies in olive oil, then bake in the oven at 350 degrees.

Macros: Will differ depending on what type of chicken and veggies you use.

Price per serving: Approximately $2.75-$3.75

Recipe #2: Stuffed Sweet Potato

3-5 sweet potatoes
1 lb ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken
cheese, any type you prefer
salt & pepper to taste

Directions: Bake sweet potatoes through. While doing this, brown the ground meat. Take sweet potatoes out until about ¾ of the way cooked, then add meat and cheese. Cook until cheese is melted.

Macros: Will vary depending on how many sweet potatoes and/or what type of meat you use

Price per serving: Approximately $3.00

Meet JYM Girl Katie Kollath, MS