More yum, less $: Eating healthy on a budget

Eating meals that are both tasty and healthy can seem easier said than done, when you’re living on a fixed income.

The good news is that delicious and healthy meals don’t have to be expensive! Check out some of our favorite ways to stretch your dollars while eating well.

Plan ahead: It seems simple, but this advice is often looked over. Planning your meals well in advance, and then preparing accordingly, can result in major savings. Think about the last time you splurged on an expensive meal out or indulged in a drive-through snack. More than likely, you were looking at a half-empty fridge or a clock that revealed you didn’t have enough time to scour the pantry and make a last-minute meal. By planning in advance, you can take the thinking out of meal time – you’ll already have healthy options at your fingertips.

Buy in bulk: Buying protein and veggies for one or two people in small portions at the grocery store can add up quickly. Luckily, you can often buy in bulk at stores like Costco or Sam’s Club, which will save you money through the month. For example, you may buy six pounds of chicken, then when you get home, divide them up into one-pound servings in storage bags or containers in your freezer. Simply grab one of the bags you stored next time you’re cooking a chicken recipe, and you’re good to go – just remember to thaw it properly!

Score low-cost optionsThere is a plethora of foods out there that are high in nutritional value yet low in cost: Think frozen veggies, yogurt, low-sodium soups, eggs, and even dark chocolate! Here’s a great go-to grocery list of other items that are friendly to your taste buds and your wallet!

Ready-to-heat & eat mealsSometimes, you just don’t have the time or energy to do all of the above – we totally get that. That’s why we created Meals Made Easy – turnkey frozen meals that take no or minimal prep, and are ready before you know it. They’re super nutritious and may even be covered by your health plan. Check it out to learn more.