Common sense guide
1. Shop fresh produce 1-3 times a week. You’ll prevent spoilage & you can cater to your daily tastes.
2. Shop organic fresh produce. This way you’re less likely to let it go to waste, while giving yourself optimal nutrition
3. Avoid pre-packaged anything. The mark up is always crazy & you can usually DIY
4. If you make a lot of smoothies, dice & freeze your fruit in single serves. You can also store fresh herbs this way [keeps up to a month].
5. Don’t shop hungry. Bring a bottle of water with you to satiate any cravings, or your might end up with a basket full of potato chips and ice cream. And cookies.
Don’t spend your cold hard cash on these dummies
- Energy bars; usually just sugar with a sprinkle of oats. Make your own energy balls from dates & coconut, or pre-pack trail mix in waxed paper bags. Too lazy? These bars are OK
- Protein bars; a science project gone wrong. You have better things to do than reading countless labels for the ingredients breakdown. Opt for a handful of walnuts or dried garbanzo for a hit of protein.
- Low-fat, low-sugar anything. We all know this one. These products often have hidden ingredients that make them way more unhealthy than the original
Invest your bucks in these nutritious & cheap goodies!
- Chia seed! Throw them in your water bottle, juice, oatmeal or smoothie for a hit of omega 3, fibre and protein. If you buy in bulk these little seeds are worth every penny
-Eggs. You can hard-boil eggs ahead of time for a quick, protein filled snack. A carton of 12 will cost you under $5. Store in the fridge [boiled & in shell] for up to one week or unpeeled [for 3 days].
- DIY coffee. Use a pour-over to make your own coffee, save your [star]bucks for a new pair of shoes, or rent.
- Buy fruits that last a while. Apples, green grapes, kiwi, oranges, grapefruit, mandarins, pears, bananas, tomatoes, cucumber.
- One avo at a time; I personally love avocados but I don’t buy them in multiples because they always ripen unpredictably.
- Shop bought nut milk can be pricey, soak a handful of [choose your own nut] overnight in a mason jar, in the morning; rinse and refill the jar to the top. Pour all contents into blender with a spoonful of honey or half a banana = homemade nutmilk.
- Popcorn Kernels are so underrated. Buy organic & they’re still cheap as chips [pun intended]. Making your own popcorn is fun and staves off boredom-induced-cravings at midnight. Season with mixed herbs, himalayan salt & nutritional yeast for a low calorie feast.
Eat Cheaply on a Model Budget: Part 2 Coming soonGoogle+