Healthiest Foods For A Tight Budget

28th May 2015

Buying healthy food can be quite expensive, especially if you purchase organic foods. Many people make the mistake of thinking eating a healthy diet is more expensive than buying fast food regularly.

While this can be the case, you simply have to be smart about what you buy. Buy in bulk, and buy healthy food that is decently cheap year round.

I do all of my shopping at smaller grocery stores, such as Aldi’s. It’s incredibly inexpensive and I can get a weeks worth of food for less than $50. Many people find that surprising, but all you have to do is plan and organize well, and meal plan ready before you head to the store.

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!). I am using this meal plan to hit my health and fitness goals.

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.

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

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.

Tip: Learn how to make pad thai at home. Add tofu and beans for added protein.

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.

A slow cooker can seriously make anything, without much energy or time at all. You can get one here.

Tip: Buy a batch of kale at the store for $0.99 and make your own kale chips at home. Break up the kale into chip-sized pieces and sprinkle some salt and water on top. You could add oil to the kale, but I like to stay away from fats as they have no nutritional content.

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 around 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.

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!

Tip: Make salsa at home with beans, salsa, hot sauce, and rice.

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

Extra tips:

  • I highly recommend getting the “But I Could Never Go Vegan” cookbook. It has dramatically changed the way I eat and cook my meals.
  • If you’re in a time pinch, I recommend trying out Garden Of Life’s Chocolate protein powder. It’s seriously the BEST protein I have ever tasted. It’s even loaded up with veggies. It tastes just like a chocolate shake.
  • To save money, go to the library and check out recipe books. Start becoming a chef in the kitchen and learn how to make your favorite meals.
  • Watch documentaries such as Forks Over Knives, Fed Up, and Vegucated.

I recently completed 21 Day Fix and as you can see, it truly changed my physique and not only that, my mentality changed. Eating healthy foods can change the way you think, live, and treat yourself. If you’re interested in knowing what I did to get these results, you can get the workout and eating program here.

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

Keep in mind that there is no such thing as “eating perfect”. Start to look at food as fuel and not just to pass time on a boring day. Your body does so many wonderful things for you, it’s time to start treating it as so. Feed it well with nutritious foods, give it proper exercise on a regular basis, and last but not least, be thankful and grateful that you have a body that allows you to run those 5k’s, wake up in the morning to take care of your family and more. Be grateful.

Here is one reason why I love eating healthy, nutritious, energizing foods: I get to hike up to Machu Picchu. A hike that took 4 days to complete and thousands of stairs to reach the top.

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

  • 21 Day Fix: At home workout program, a beginner version of 21 Day Fix Extreme
  • 21 Day Fix Extreme: A more intense version of 21 Day Fix, how I achieved my results
  • 3 Day Refresh: Help kick off your health journey or break a plateau
  • 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? Do you have any other money saving tips regarding buying groceries?

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12 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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