Healthiest Foods For A Tight Budget

28th May 2015

Hey, everyone!

My name’s Alexis and I’ve lost over 60 pounds with a healthy diet and moderate exercise. I eat a high-carb low-fat diet (or at least I try to eat low fat). I eat a plant-based diet and it has helped maintain my diet and clear up my severe acne problems.

This is such a great list of foods for people who are on a budget and want to eat healthy.

I’m a college student and a full-time bloggerwhile simultaneously trying to hit a goal of $10,000 in my savings account. You can read about how I’m saving so much as a student here.

I spend about $5-$7 on food daily. When I was overweight, I was spending anywhere from $20+ on food daily, especially since processed, high sugary foods are addictive, which lead me to eat more and more. I was tired and moody, depressed, and life didn’t really feel all that enjoyable. Eating healthy foods drastically changed my life. I’m confident, secure, and motivated every day to live the most enjoyable possible. I’ve been traveling all over the world by myself and have immersed myself into different cultures spanning over 5 continents.

I don’t have a gym membership. I workout at home using 21 Day Fix Extreme, which I’m sure you’ve all heard about. I paid around $60 for a workout program that I have been using for 2 years, which is basically a $5 payment each month for 12 months vs. a $40 gym membership per month. Saving money is very important to me especially as a college student living on my own.

Enough about me. Here is a list of 7 foods that are affordable, and will help you get healthier and lose weight. Enjoy!

This is such a great list of foods for people who are on a budget and want to eat healthy.Related: 

I highly recommend checking out the 14-Day Lean Clean meal plan if you are trying to lose weight or get healthier. The book is filled with tons of useful information (over 200 pages worth!). The foods and recipes included in this book are very affordable and is backed by scientific studies to help you lose weight.

This is such a great list of foods for people who are on a budget and want to eat healthy.

1. Fruit (bananas, apples, oranges or in season fruit).

Fruits, such as bananas and prunes are usually inexpensive year round. Bananas can be great by themselves or mixed into smoothies or oatmeal. I even like making frozen bananas with peanut butter and dark chocolate on top. Simple, quick and easy delicious snack that is also healthy. Here in Texas, organic fruit is ridiculously cheap and I can buy a medium sized case of blueberries or strawberries for under $2.

Tip: Stay away from prepackaged fruit at all costs.

If you want to save money and time, try out $5 Meal Plan and they’ll send you monthly meal plans with shopping lists, recipes, and more attached. The plans will save you a lot of money since you’ll end up going to restaurants less.

This is such a great list of foods for people who are on a budget and want to eat healthy.

2. Rice and oatmeal.

I usually buy a large container of oatmeal for about $3.00. This will last me a month or more, depending on if I use it for other recipes as well. I love making oatmeal every morning and I also enjoy making oatmeal cookies. A simple and quick recipe would be mixing together oatmeal, banana, cinnamon, dark chocolate chips, and brown sugar. The riper the banana, the better.

Tip: Buy stevia to put in your oatmeal. Low calorie and low sugar content, while adding amazing taste.

3. Stir Fry – My Go-To Meal 

Frozen vegetables at the store for 2 people range anywhere from $2-$5. Mix in some chopped tofu or other protein option of your choice, and voila, you’re done. I also add in an Asian sauce, which varies from General Tso sauce to one of Annie’s dressings.

Investing in a spiralizer is a great way to eat more veggies and create healthier meals.

This is the spiralizer I use at home for my pasta. Making healthy pasta at home is easier than ever.

This is such a great list of foods for people who are on a budget and want to eat healthy.

4. Vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cucumbers, and more.

Vegetables such as broccoli and carrots are usually always fairly inexpensive. These vegetables can be used in soups as well. Vegetable broth is very inexpensive and soup can go a long way, and be very filling when filled with many vegetables and beans. Although store bought soups can be cheap, I would definitely recommend staying away from them as they are usually filled with sodium and other processed ingredients.

Tip: Use Ibotta to save money on healthy foods at the store. Get $10 just for signing up here.

This is such a great list of foods for people who are on a budget and want to eat healthy.

5. Nuts.

Nuts such as peanuts are very cheap, and although peanut butter is pretty inexpensive as it is, it’s also not a bad idea to make your own peanut butter. All you have to do is dump a good amount of peanuts into a food processor and blend it. Take breaks between blending and stir the mixture and blend again.

6. Hummus And Vegetables. 

Hummus is my go-to when I want a filling snack in a pinch. I’ve even made my own hummus, which I plan on sharing on my blog. Hummus is by far the easiest food to make and only needs 3 or 4 ingredients to prepare.

Tip: If you buy workout gear often online, I encourage using Ebates. It’s extremely easy to use. All you do is find the store you regularly shop through Ebates, and then you shop. It’s that easy and you’ll get cash back on all of your purchases. Get $10 for signing up here.This is such a great list of foods for people who are on a budget and want to eat healthy.

7. Beans (kidney, black, etc.)

Beans are relatively cheap and can be put in many, many meals. They can be used as a substitute in certain meals or as a side. They are delicious too! I use beans often when I’m in a hurry to make food. A simple recipe for me includes: 1 cup black beans | 1 cup corn | handful of spinach | half avocado | salsa | hot sauce | 1 tortilla 

This is such a great list of foods for people who are on a budget and want to eat healthy.

Here are my go-to ways to having a healthy and fit body:

  • 14 Day Lean Meal Plan: Find out how to lose the weight for good
  • 21 Day Fix Extreme: A more intense version of 21 Day Fix, how I achieved my results
  • Ibotta: How to get cash back on grocery, clothing, household items and more 
  • How Not To Die: A book to educate you on nutrition and health
  • Fitbit: Stay motivated and on track with this fitness tracker

What other foods are inexpensive and healthy? 

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13 thoughts on “Healthiest Foods For A Tight Budget

  1. Jayson

    I always have a no-meat challenge every weekdays, then I have cheat days every weekends. But, I try to still spend less during these days. Fruits and veggies are what I always have. Then, when it comes to products, I always compare prices and get the products that are as good as the branded ones to still save some money.
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  2. Jo

    Another issue is that when shopping and trying to buy “organic” — a lot of produce is from Mexico, which I rather not purchase.

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  3. Kate

    Tuna is good. The only thing is that in many cans there is also added sugar. As if tuna wasn’t good enough.

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  4. Rachyl

    I buy produce when it’s in season. It’s always a lot cheaper that way. Also, you can buy frozen vegetables when the fresh ones are too expensive. They aren’t as good as fresh vegetables, but they are a good substitute when you need to.

    I agree 100% with the meal planning. If I don’t meal plan for the week ahead, I always end up spending a lot more on food that week!

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  5. James Smith

    From now on, poor people can enjoy and be healthiest food by just spending not so much bucks. Also, Nature is too smart to put such healthiest food inside such those fruits, vegetables, and foods.

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