Eating Healthy on a Budget

I believe that healthy eating should be more than a millennial trend. It shouldn’t be boring, hard or expensive. I’ve been checking out at the groceries store and the cashier gets surprised of so many fruits and vegetables, then she tells me she hasn’t even tried several of them.. heart broken sound. I also have friends that tell me that they don’t eat a single fruit or produce in a week and that makes em really sad. That’s why I am writing this post.

I used to spend $30 to $50 weekly on my groceries, but now I spend around $13-$20 no joke. The items in this picture are worth $13, from Sprouts (most of it) and El Rancho. This lasts me a week, plus some food that I already have in my fridge and cabinets (beans, oatmeal, coconut milk, dates…)

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Before you start into this, please do not compare it with fast food. Because, well, it is indeed going to be faster and yes probably cheaper but worthless.

Also, eating organic is expensive but you don’t have to buy all organic, it’s ok to eat some non-organic fruit (psst.. and you don’t have to buy everything from whole foods).

I have learned to spend less and less every time; and here’s what I’ve learned:

  • Look for special days in your store. (i.e. Sprouts on Wednesdays, Fiesta on Tuesdays) You can find this on the annoying flyers that they place in your mailbox.
  • Buy just what you need. Be realistic. Sometimes we mega plan while we are at the store, but then we end up throwing away vegetables because they became bad.
  • Use what you already have. Keep your fridge with fresh food, there should be very little food that remains through weeks
    • In the fridge (i.e. mayo, butter, eggs)
    • In the kitchen cupboard (i.e. oil, honey, oatmeal)
  • Use the most of every vegetable, fruit and food overall. (The pumpkin seeds, the pulp of the juicer, the core of the apple or pineapple)
  • Differentiate a need from a want
  • Buy in bulk! (Legumes like beans and lentils in bulk are so cheap and it will last you a long time)
  • It doesn’t matter how good the deal is, if it is going to end up in the trash (the 5 for 1 are tentative but if you really don’t need it, skip it!)
  • Bring your own tote bag (in sprouts they refund you 5 cents when you do)

But my favorite is:

  • Do a list and stick to the list.

You can also look the different prices in stores; I buy some in Sprouts and the cheapest ones in El Rancho.

Here is a website to help you to know how long your fruits and veggies can last.

https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/how-long-food-lasts-after-you-open-it

This is a list of the ones that are recommended organic and non-organic:

Organic

  • Strawberry
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Peach
  • Apple
  • Potatoes
  • Kale

Non-Organic

  • Onions
  • Corn
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Mushroom
  • Cabbage
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
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