It’s almost summer once again and you’re hyped up to turn things around and start getting fit as a fox. The first thing you do is drag yourself out of bed, say goodbye to all the junk food you binged on Netflix the night before, go to the nearest grocery, and make a beeline for the healthy food section.
You want dibs on broccoli, turkey, salmon, yogurt, some superfoods like chia seeds or quinoa, and all the berries in the Amazon you can think of! You’re looking at the checkout tab, thinking – you’re setting yourself up for failure already because buying healthy food is so expensive!
I’ve been in this love-hate relationship with starting a healthy lifestyle long enough that I’ve lost count of the times I’ve had to stop and start again. But I did a little bit of tweaking with the way I shop for healthy food and happily (or healthily, rather), I’ve been at it for a good 2 years now!
Here are top 5 of the things I did to save on healthy food.
1) Plan Your Meals
Treat thestart of everyweek as a mandatory work assignment from your boss, except in this case, you’re the boss! Preparing your meals precisely will not only give you a headstart for the whole week but will also avoid any last-minute food preparation which leads to poor, unhealthy choices. Before you know it, you’ve consumed that whole pack of pork bacon in 3 breakfast sittings. Having a list of what you need and knowing where to get it will avoid impulsive buying and will help you identifyitems you don’t really need, keeping them out of the wastebasket. You don’t only save money but you save time as well!
2) Buy in Bulk
The advantage of buying wholesale is you save around 30 to 50 percent vs. buying in single quantities. Can you imagine how much savings you’ll get in buying a box of energy bars that cost $20 when we all know that those energy bars cost around $2 a piece! Who are they fooling? Also, knowing where to buy in bulk keeps your wallet fat and happy! I usually go to Thrive Market and do my shopping there.I tell you, it’s a luxury!
3) Buy Fruits and Vegetables in Season
If you want your usual fruit and salad fix weekly, it can be a bit disheartening to find out they cost more than your chicken and turkey supply for the entire week! But don’t let this bring you down, the best part about making your own meals is you get to explore the inner chef in you. Buy fruits and vegetables which are in season.You’d be surprised by the huge amount of price difference when you buy them off-season. Your smoothie bowl is just as delicious without that strawberry topping!
4) Say No to Eating Out
While it’s uber cool to check out that new Thai restaurant around the corner, it’s also uber painful for your wallet! Don’t get sidetracked from your strict meal plan for the week, and just say no to paying for something you can make from scratch at half the price! If you’re dying to try that new steakhouse grill, buy a similar steak from the grocery store, pimp your dining table a little bit, and you have yourself a VIP table! Who wants a maitre d’ anyway?
5) Drink Lots of Water
Diss the sugar-filled drinks dressed in healthy labels! Steer clear ofenergy drinks, L-Carnitine juices, bottled fruit drinks, and soda altogether! Water is life and I can’t stress that enough. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily doesn’t only quench your thirst but also curbs your appetite!
When it comes to your mandatory coffee, skip your usual trip to Starbucks in the morning and buy ground coffee beans. Buying your own coffee beans (especially local ones) can save you loads of money on cups and cups of coffee which don’t only contain high quantities of sugar, but they’re harmful to the environment and ludicrously priced too!