People who don’t eat healthily or who don’t have the physique they want will often make excuses for their tardiness and explain it away as not having enough time or as having a bad metabolism. Another excuse you’ll hear regularly though that doesn’t quite hold water is that they don’t have the money they need to eat healthily – and this is often an excuse that affects their children too.
In reality though there is no real reason that you can’t eat healthily on a budget, here we are going to look at why.
One thing people often use as an example when claiming that it’s cheaper to eat unhealthily is that a Mars Bar or Snickers are less than a dollar. While this is true though, it’s worth mentioning that bananas, carrots (a raw carrot is a surprisingly good snack) and apples are even cheaper. Don’t make the mistake of buying these from the snacks section, or from sandwich shops or newsagents – instead just go into the back of the store and buy them from the fruit isle where they’ll cost you barely anything. Do this next time you want a snack while you’re out and this is the cheapest and healthiest way to get a cheap sugar boost. Then there are all the other options that aren’t crisps or chocolate like nuts, vegetable crisps or crackers and a dip.
At the same time many people will quote that it’s much cheaper and quicker to eat ready meals than it is to make something healthy. Again though it’s hard to justify this. A frozen lasagne is rarely enough food for one person let alone two meaning you have to buy several – which isn’t overly cheap.
You can get this same amount of food though far more cheaply by making yourself some pasta which has potential to be a lot healthier also. Just buy some cheap pasta in bulk (it will cost you barely anything), buy tesco’s own tuna cans, and then buy a tin of chopped tomatoes (again less than a dollar) and some puree. Now just mix the lot together and what you have is a very healthy meal that’s tasty and will cost you a lot less than eating a frozen meal. It’s also very cheap and easy to make, and you can freeze it to heat up later thereby meaning it will only take you minutes the next time you want it. Then there’s baked potato with tuna, backed potato with beans, beans on toast, toasties, carbonara, bolognaise (mince, puree, cheese and onion), salad (salad leaves and some chopped cooked chicken with a sauce), soup… there are plenty of healthy options that needn’t cost you the Earth.
When eating out there are many ways you can do this more cheaply and quickly than going to McDonalds. One is to go to Subway of course which allows you to choose your own fillings thereby meaning you can pick healthily (there are even healthy options at McDonalds – or you can just choose the kids’ menu and save money and calories), but then even better than that is to again go into a supermarket and buy a sausage roll or some brown buns from the fresh bread section and some sliced ham. This takes minutes, costs much less than any fast food and is a lean way to get complex carbs and protein.
This guest post is originally written by Kat Edwards, a personal finance writer. She offer money saving tips and helps people to compare caravan insurance quotes online.
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