Want to eat healthfully without emptying your bank account? It’s really easier than you think. Here are two tips that will help you get more bang for your buck:
1. Read this shopping guide, called “Good Food on a Tight Budget.”
“The Environmental Working Group (EWG) assessed nearly 1,200 foods and hand-picked the best 100 or so that pack in nutrients at a good price, with the fewest pesticides, contaminants and artificial ingredients.” That means no artificial sweeteners or food coloring and no high fructose corn syrup. Needless to say, this website caught my attention. Sort by type of food (fruit, grains, dairy, etc.) and see which foods give you the most nutritional bang for the lowest price. Niiiice.
2. Learn to cook less and love leftovers.
This is definitely an area where I could do better. Jameson and I tend to cook enough food for four people… for just the two of us. Not only does this wreck our ability to control our portions, but it also means we’re using up a lot more food than we really need. And since neither of us are super good at eating leftovers, that means oftentimes a portion or two from any given meal meets the garbage can. Yikes.
And we’re not the only ones, apparently. I recently read that Americans throw away 40% of their food. That’s an unreasonable amount of waste… both of food and money. For a family of four, that adds up to more than $2,200 a year. Unreal.
No, I’m not suggesting that you suddenly become a freegan — but I am saying it’s a good idea to watch how much you’re cooking. Think about it. Why use up a whole box of pasta (and other ingredients) for a recipe when you might not eat the leftovers? Cut the recipe in half to save ingredients for another day. Or commit to loving leftovers!