Eating healthy while sticking to a budget can be a little tricky, but the good news is…it’s not impossible! And once you get the hang of it, it’s easier than you think!
For starters, you need to know where to look and what to look for. When it comes to produce, your best bet is to buy fruits and veggies that are in season.
People have a lot of different opinions as far as protein goes, one of the cheapest protein sources is beans. You can buy dry beans for next to nothing. You will have to soak them and they require a little more work than canned beans, but the added benefit is you don’t have any extra sodium or preservatives.
I love beans, but my husband and some of my kids hate them and won’t eat them. They prefer meat as their source of protein. I also like my meat to be all-natural and free of hormones and antibiotics. For chicken, my go-to source is Zaycon Foods. Their chicken is absolutely delicious and their prices can’t be beat!
If you’re in the Fort Wayne area, Zaycon Foods has a Ham and Sausage Event on March 2 from 8 to 8:30 am. Prices are $3.29/pound for ham and $2.69/pound for Frozen Pork Sausage Links. Hams are 22 pounds and the Sausage links are 20 pounds.
If you like chicken, Zaycon will be in Fort Wayne with fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts on April 9. The price is $1.79/pound and comes in 40 pound boxes.
For those of you who have gluten issues, my favorite sources for gluten-free products can be found online. I absolutely love Vitacost for organic and gluten-free products. They also have all kinds of other healthy living products such at vitamins, natural body care products and more. Plus, if you sign up using this link you can get $10 off a $30 purchase. Another great source for gluten free deals and organic food deals is Amazon. Their prices change regularly so you may have to check frequently to find the deals you’re looking for!
In all honesty, (and this is the hardest thing for me), one of the best ways to eat healthy without breaking the bank is to plan ahead. A meal plan is one of the best things you can do to help your family eat healthier without breaking the bank.
Start with what you have in the house. There’s no reason to buy food if you already have some that you can use.
Next, scan the sales flyers to see what’s on sale and use those items to plan your meals. Last but not least, don’t forget about your leftovers. If you have chicken for dinner one night and you have leftovers, use the extra chicken to make chicken tacos or you can make our family favorite…BBQ Chicken Nachos.