Most often than not, we are on a budget.
Eating healthier is commonly thought of being expensive. Refined carbohydrates like breads, pastas, and rices are generally cheaper than nutrient-dense vegetables, meats, nuts, and fruit. Same goes for organic, grass-fed, or pasture-raised products, the price tag may be daunting. So in that instant, a $7 meal from Mcdonalds will be much cheaper than loading up on groceries, but at the end of the week will cost you more.
Taking the time to search for the best prices, preparing, and cooking your meals from scratch will be cheaper than eating at the most inexpensive fast-food restaurants. It just takes preparation.
A week of groceries may be as affordable as $49.
There is no better way to prepare than bringing a shopping list with you to the grocery store. I made a list of the common staples found in many households, listed under “The Basics,” a $49 shopping list, and a $79 shopping list. I hope this can open your eyes and give guidance into how easy and inexpensive shopping and cooking from home can be!
This article is contributed by Spencer Safty, River Bend Medical Associates’ Clinical Nutritionist.