Budget Friendly Grocery Essentials for Healthy Living
02 November 2016
Healthy eating can be very expensive if you buy into all the health hypes. But I can assure you, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to eat well if you do it the smart way. Remember, above all, eating clean means eating simple…(and I mean super simple). You don’t have to be purchasing fancy superfoods or health treats if your budget doesn’t allow for it. Think of these as luxuries – if you have extra cash available to you then you can enjoy those additional items, but for the most part stick to this simple list below and you will see just how affordable healthy eating can be:
Bananas:Remember, you don’t need the entire bunch. You are allowed to pick a few off. Pick a few ripe ones and a few greens ones to minimize waste.
Apples: Always inexpensive, so buy an entire bag
Frozen berries: Can be pricey – look for sales.
Lemons – for detox water of course
Onions by the bag
Cabbage - whole
Broccoli – whole
Spinach – full bunch with stalks and leaves
Kale – full bunch with stalks and leaves
Frozen mixed vegetables
(Remember ready prepared veggies are always much more expensive)
Meat and Seafood
Free Range Chicken Breasts
Ostrich Mince - its lean and well priced
Dairy and Eggs
Greek yogurt: Full-fat is more filling. Get in a large container.
Eggs: Buy in bulk - eighteen or more.
Sweet Potatoes: You can buy a 5kg bag – these keep well. Look for bulk specials
Brown Rice: Look in the bulk section, it is usually cheaper than the pre-packaged version.
Quinoa: While pricier than rice, it is a complete protein and worth the spend
100% natural Peanut butter
Almonds – buy these in bulk to save
Small container of extra virgin olive oil – pricey but this lasts so again, worth the spend
Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – buy a large 1kg tub
Avocados: Only when in season and on sale, depending where you live.
Don’t Forget Spices: Be sure to have spices on hand for flavour. It’s cost-effective to buy in bulk since you usually only need a small amount. Have salt, pepper, Italian blend, chicken rub, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and cumin in your pantry.
Yours in Health Always