Health, Healthy on the cheap

Healthy on the cheap

December 26, 2014

Since my mission is all about keeping it real, I realize that a very real concern for most of you is money. The majority of us do not have the luxury to spend lots of money on organic foods, supplements and fancy juices (think Whole Foods). I am right there with you because even though I definitely do splurge on the occasional food product, I am very conscious of how much I am spending and I am always looking for cheap and healthy options

Healthy on the cheap

I know this is probably the last thing you want to think about during the holiday season, but use this post as a way to plan your healthy lifestyle in 2015. Pin this post on Pinterest, or share it with friends on Facebook as a reminder πŸ™‚

I made a little graphic with some of my favorite foods that are cheap and healthy options, with explanations of why I have chosen this particular food. Before we move on to that, let me just share some tips on ensuring you are able to stay healthy on a budget.

1. Invest in a long-term gym membership

Gyms usually give better deals if you sign up with them for a year or more, and what better way to invest in your health! Try looking for good gym deals around holidays, as many of them do special offers then.

2. Buy in bulk

A lot of supermarkets (in the US at least) have bulk bins where you can stock up on healthy options such as rolled oats and brown rice for much cheaper than if you bought them packaged.

3. Stock up on canned food

Not all processed foods are created equal! I seriously have a problem with this term as it seems to evoke images of ‘evil’ and ‘bad’ foods. But did you know that distilled water is technically processed? Okay, rant aside, stocking up on canned foods such as beans and tins of vegetables (my fave is artichoke hearts) are a cheap and healthy option.

4. Buy small amounts, but frequently

If you can (because I know you are busy people), try and buy smaller amounts of groceries but go more frequently. I have found that this has help me cut down on waste and only buy what I really need. Needless to say, there are still times where my lovely fresh vegetables go bad!!

Cheap and Healthy Food Options

Alright, now that you have that advice to bear in mind, here is a handy dandy graphic of cheap and healthy food options that I personally eat all the time. Also, click here and here for some cheap and easy to make recipes!

 Food options that help you be Healthy on the Cheap

1. High Fiber Crackers: I love these babies! They are a great source of complex carbohydrates and fiber. Pair with some healthy fats to keep you full for hours.
2. Rolled Oats: A great and cheap option. Can be used in so many recipes for breakfast and dessert.
3. Frozen Tilapia Fillets: Seafood can definitely get expensive, which is why choosing frozen fish is a great option. This allows you to eat it whenever you want without fear of it going bad. Oh, and frozen fish is just as healthy and much cheaper than fresh fish.
4. Salad Leaves: Salad leaves are a cheap and easy way to get in loads of veggies; think wraps, simple green salads, sandwiches and etc. My personal favorite are spring mix πŸ™‚
5. Canned Chickpeas: Chickpeas are SO cheap! 1 can is around $1-2 and is a great source of vegetarian protein and fiber. Such a fun addition to pastas, stews and stir-fries.
6. Cauliflower: Cauliflower is in season, and not only is it cheap but it can be used in so many ways. Try roasting it with some olive oil, salt and pepper or make it into a soup or making cauliflower hash.
7. Eggs: The ultimate cheap food in my opinion, eggs are delicious and healthy for you. They are low in carbs and high in protein. Try having some poached for breakfast, on some high fiber crackers and avocado.

What did you think? If you guys liked this post, then please let me know. Should I make a series of ‘healthy on the cheap’? I only want to make posts that are helpful and useful for you. And please do share this post with others if you find it helpful. Thanks for your continued support of Honestly Fitness πŸ™‚

Do you find it hard to be healthy on the cheap? What do you find hardest?

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    Please do a healthy on the cheap series!

    • Honestly Fitness January 12, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Yay, I will and thank you for letting me know πŸ™‚ Do you have anything specific you would like me to focus on, Shelby?

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  • Nina April 8, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Im 16 years old, and I have a pretty big family, so we are always looking for cheap and healthy meals. Im slowly getting my parents to buy more vegetables and fruit but I doesnt last in the house, so we cans but it as often. We also have alot of bread and basmati rice with our dinner.(Dinner usually consist of baked chicken thigh, basmati rice, and vegetables) I workout 5/7 days a week for an hour and I still feel like I do not see a difference in my body. Im 5’6 and 130 lbs, not overwreight or anything just want to get fit. I can see my strength and endurance getting better, but not my abs. Could this be from the foods I eat?

    • Honestly Fitness April 9, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      Hi Nina,
      Getting the rest of your family on board with healthy eating can certainly be a challenge. It’s great that they’re buying more fruit and veg. Honestly, there’s truly so many factors that could be causing you to not be seeing abs. The most important aspect when getting your abs to show is nutrition and being at a low body fat. I can’t really offer too many suggestions with such a general question but yes; normally if you are trying to see abs, your nutrition is critical and you need to eat the right foods and the right amount.
      Alice x