Eating healthily on a budget is easier than you might think, especially when you follow the simple guidelines listed below:
- Increase Your Veggies – this is my number one advice to many patients. Increasing daily consumption of vegetables provides needed nutrients and the fiber from the vegetables helps us feel full. When we feel satiated we are less likely to spend money on junk food. One easy way to get more veggies is to eat dinner leftovers for breakfast. Stir fry, soup or even steamed veggies with a protein all provide a bounty of nutrition to start your day.
- Buy Bulk – buying bulk saves tons of money. WinCo has an amazing bulk section that is reasonably priced. Their bulk nuts are less expensive than many places and they even have some Bob’s Red Mill gluten free choices.
- Cut The Sugary Carbs – cookies, candy and other sugary snacks are expensive and deter from our health. Grocery Outlet often has good prices on frozen berries; blend some of these with a frozen banana for a tasty dessert. Or, enjoy a small square of dark chocolate – a little will go a long way.
- Drink Water – every cell in the body needs water to function properly, and most people don’t hydrate properly. Find a way to retrain your mind to drink water. Treat yourself to a reusable bottle you’ll enjoy drinking from and fill it every morning with the goal of drinking it all by night. Flavor your water with lemon or lime wedges, cucumbers, mint, or other such natural flavorings. Use your imagination!
- Pack Your Own Lunch – need I say more?
- Grow Your Own Herbs – instead of paying a few dollars for a small package of herbs, or purchasing a larger amount that you don’t need, try growing your own. Parsley, thyme, basil, and cilantro each cost pennies to grow, but the plants can live for several months. At the end of the season dry the plants to use in winter recipes.
If you are local to the McMinnville area we welcome you to call us for a complimentary phone consult, to see if naturopathic care is right for you: (503) 472-5500