Always Healthy Moms

. January 22, 2013.

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it 100 times – “Eating healthy is too expensive!” It is easy to use excuses, but the truth is that not eating healthy can cost you and your family in the long run! I believe feeding your family healthier foods and saving money can go hand in hand!
^ Plan ahead. Planning ahead and making a list is the number one way to get better bang for your buck. It will help you cut down on impulse purchases and buying in excess.
^ Have a light snack before you shop. Stick to the list you made and don't buy things that look, smell and sound good. Let’s face it — we don’t always make the healthiest decisions when our stomach
is growling.
^ Think frozen or canned. These options are less expensive and equally as nutritious as buying fresh. These foods are picked at peak ripeness when produce is rich in nutrients.
^ Shop produce in season. You will save money when you shop foods that are in season and plentiful.
^ Buy in bulk and buy generic. Try store brands instead of pricier national brands. Bulk purchases can save money – as long as they get used. Try buying brown rice, noodles, flour or canned fruits in bulk.
^ Grow it. Plant your own produce and you can see many cost savings and health benefits. You can look into canning and freezing your produce to enjoy it year round.
^ Make a switch. Consider less expensive sources of proteins including beans, tofu, fish, eggs and chicken. These foods can save you money and increase your consumption of healthy plant foods. Also, try smaller portions of proteins in a dish and stretching it by adding beans or vegetables.
It’s no question we are paying more today at the grocery store than in the past. Many factors affect the rising costs of food, but with a little planning, you and your family can enjoy healthier foods without breaking the bank! For more tips and advice on healthy living visit www.alwayshealthymom.com.