Are you trying to save money while eating a healthy lifestyle? It’s 100% possible. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive.
Does this meal plan below sound familiar?
Average Day For 1 Person:
- Breakfast: Fast food meal of a breakfast sandwich, coffee/drink, side such as hash browns/etc. That right, there is about $6.00.
- Snack: $3.00
- Lunch: Subway sandwich and drink with chips. $8.00
- Dinner: Burger with fries and drink. Ranging from: $6.00-$12.00 depending on where you go.
Total: Over $25.00/A day
The average person spent about $25.00 on a day on eating if they eat on the go.
Let me give you a challenge. On a regular day of eating, keep track of what you eat and how much you spend eating anything that comes through a drive-thru or anything quick. You’re going to feel a bit of shock and might even get a little angry at yourself.
This will be a wake-up call of how much you’re spending and you’ll realize being healthy isn’t all that expensive, as I explain further.
This is an average day for me:
- Breakfast: $3 of chocolate protein, 1 banana, 1 cup spinach, 1 tbsp flaxseed, 1 tbsp PB2, and 1 tsp Chlorella. This helps keep me on track throughout the entire day.
- Lunch: $3 1 cup quinoa, 1/2 cup beans of choice, 2 cups broccoli, and 1 tbsp coconut amino teriyaki.
- Dinner: $3 Grilled tofu, with mixed vegetables with balsamic vinaigrette or a healthy dressing of your choice, and a salad.
- Snacks: $1 Banana or 1 cup blueberries or another type of fruit.
Total: $10/Day OR $70/Weekly.
So how can you budget and get the most out of your money? Let’s get started:
1. Avoid already prepared foods like the plague!
I’m not trying to be funny at all. Meals such as Lean Cuisine or any other meal that is already made can be bad for you.
These are loaded with sugar/sodium, and a bunch of ingredients none of has had ever heard of in our life.
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2. Buy in bulk.
It pays off to have a Sams Club or Costco membership because you get a lot of food for a small price.
If you don’t want to go to either of those places, get better at couponing.
Dig into those ads you get in the mail for coupons at the local grocery stores.
There are usually only coupons for junk food, but there should be a few coupons for healthy options.
3. Prep your meals.
So many people know to do this to save money AND time, yet no one wants to put the work in.
Simply prep your meals on Sunday and have everything ready for the entire week.
What I like to do is put all the food in separate large containers, and I choose what protein/vegetable
I want for each meal. There are even storage containers for certain meals now such as salad or 3 hole containers for your protein and two sides.
4. Skip the gym membership.
For many years I skipped the gym and worked out at home or outside.
That alone is saving me hundreds of dollars a year.
Tip: 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.
5. If you take nothing from this entire post, please listen to this one!
STOP buying plastic water bottles!
This is not helping anyone or anything in the entire world. You are wasting your own money and guess what?
That plastic you buy never goes away.
That plastic water bottle will end up somewhere and is only polluting the world.
Ever seen Plastic Paradise on Netflix? Watch it now. You’re welcome. Invest in a filtered water bottle.
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