October 10, 2013

Tips on How to Eat Healthy and Save Money

Yes! To lose fat, build muscles and stay fit, you need a lot of healthy food. You need proteins to maintain and build muscles, carbs to give you energy, veggies and fruits for vitamins, mineral and fibers. Of course, you also need water for hydration.  

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Unfortunately, the rising food prices are making it hard for people to eat healthy. For most people, the paycheck is certainly not rising as first as the cost of living is rising. The worst case, you are a student or unemployed which makes the matter even harder. Well, if you fall in any of these categories, or let say you would like to learn how to eat healthy and still save dollars with each meal, you have come to the right place. This short article will give you top tips on how you can eat health and save money. Just read on to uncover them.    

Make a shopping list and stick to it    

It’s true. By heading to the grocery store with a clear shopping list of what’s you need, you make it much easier to avoid impulse or last-minute purchase of things you forgot. Well, some studies say that shoppers will still make impulse buys even with a shopping list at hand but the list will definitely not hurt. What’s more, with a shopping list, you never eat food without “salt” just because you did not remember to put it in your shopping cart. A shopping list is the genesis of healthy eating with or without a tight budget.    

If you are feeling like you don’t have the time or the knowledge you need to make one, the internet has taken care of your problem. Just go online and trying applications such as shoppers and Groceries that are specifically designed to help you with shopping. They are easy to use and you will quickly learn how to make a good shopping list.    

Don’t go shopping with an empty stomach    

Even after making an ideal shopping list as required above, don’t go shopping with your stomach grumbling with hunger. Otherwise, something surprising is going to jump into your basket. This will definitely be one of those snacks that are loaded with saturated fats and empty calories or something that will hurt your wallet.  

To avoid succumbing to last minute purchase of things that are not good for your health or will hurt your pocket, eat a healthy meal before heading to the store. This way, you will shop with your head and not your stomach.     

Buy whole grains    

Based on scientific and medical research, whole foods are more nutritious than processed foods. In addition, if you have been shopping regularly, you will definitely not argue with the fact that they are also good for your pocket. Yeah! They are cheaper.     

Basically, once the grains are processed, two important part namely the germ and the bran are removed. Unfortunately, these parts contain most nutrients such as fiber, antioxidants, B vitamins and healthy fats. So, whenever you buy refined food, you spend a lot to buy something that has low value to your body. Whole grains will save you dollars especially if you are on a tight budget but even if you are not, put them in the cart for your own healthy benefits.    

Buy fresh or frozen veggies and fruits over canned    

When it comes to veggies and fruits, you must be aware that fresh and frozen are usually cheaper than canned ones. Moreover, fruits and veggies taste the sweetest when fresh. If you are on seriously tough budget, frozen veggies are just as good as fresh ones. All you will need to do is to unfreeze them in a microwave. The trick in buying fruits and vegetables is to stay away from canned products. They cost more and add little to your body.    

If you can’t grow it (at least theoretically), don’t eat it.    

High fructose corn syrup does not grow on plants and neither does monosodium glutamate or yellow No.5. But one of these ingredients is normally found in some of the food on the grocery shelf. Surprisingly, these products cost more.  

Keep away from products with these ingredients even if you have adequate money. They have been linked to numerous disorders ranging from diabetes and obesity to liver and brain damage. Simply, if whatever is on the grocery shelf couldn’t theoretically come from your backyard, swap it for something natural but closer to the original one. For example, choose pick plain oats in place of pre-sweetened packets or whole potatoes over a box of mash. This way, you eat healthy and at the same time you save money.    

Buy in bulk    

Lastly, if you are on a tough budget, not only do you want to save money, but also you would appreciate if you had more free time; possibly to take an overtime job. Buying in bulk will give you both; it will save you money on food shopping and give you more free time as you will not have to rush to the store every now and then.