Does eating clean really have to be over-the-top extensive? It’s a common misconception that eating clean has to cost an arm and a leg. In reality, anyone can eat clean. Whether you are a college student or on a limited budget, eating clean does not mean you have to sacrifice your health. You can eat clean even if you are living on more of a dollar menu budget.
Here are our top tips for eating clean on a budget:
You do not have to purchase all organic produce. Eating all organic produce can quickly become costly. Instead of spending all of your money on organic produce, opt to buy the produce items that are often highest in pesticides organic. These items include:
- Bell Peppers
Engage in a little couponing. It never hurts to clip coupons. Few people take the time to clip coupons. However, the time spent clipping coupons is definitely worth it. While you are not likely to find a whole lot of coupons for fresh food items, look for coupons for individual stores that will take a certain percentage or dollar amount off of your entire order to save money. Also, be sure to check out Whole Foods website. They offer a wide variety of coupons on items that can help you stick with eating clean. You can coupon without going to the extreme.
You can buy fresh meat in bulk! You may not need an entire chicken at once, but it is often cheaper to purchase the entire bird instead of just part of it. You have the option of preparing food for the week or you can freeze the parts of the chicken that you are not using and defrost it when you are ready to cook with chicken again. Remember, chicken isn’t that only type of meat that this will work for!
Spend less time eating out. Instead of going out for breakfast, lunch or dinner, stay in and make your food. Spend the time and money at home preparing meals. You can get so much more food for the price of one meal at your favorite restaurant.
Purchase produce in season. If you purchase out of season produce, you are going to pay a lot more for it. Stick with what is in season, just think how good it will take when some of your favorite produce finally comes in season again.
Buy generic when you can. However, before you do this be sure to check the label to ensure the same quality as the name brand produce. Often times, generic brands will have the exact same ingredients as a more expensive brand at a fraction of the cost.
What are your top tips for eating clean on a budget?