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.
I’m a college student and a full-time blogger, while 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, whichlead 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!
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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
What other foods are inexpensive and healthy?
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