Getting started on a weight loss plan can feel overwhelming. You’re learning about portion sizes and nutrition, and your grocery bill might change a bit, too. But don’t worry; you can still eat healthfully on a budget. Try these four tips to cut your food costs a bit, while still reaching your health and fitness goals.
Choose whole foods. Pre-packaged weight loss meals can feel tempting, because they’re so convenient. But they can also be expensive! Stick to whole foods instead, and experiment with new recipes. Soon you’ll get the hang of cooking healthy, low-cost meals at home.
And on that note… Eat more meals at home. More and more restaurants are adding menu options that fit well into a weight loss plan. That’s good to know for special occasions, like going out with friends. But if you can switch to cooking more meals at home, you’ll be surprised at how much money you can save. That’s especially true for lunches, which you can pack the night before work, and save money five days per week.
Plan your snacks, too. When hunger strikes, we can be tempted into spending too much money on a snack. Plan snacks ahead of time, and take them with you. For example, a bag of apples and a pack of string cheese can provide seven to ten days’ worth of snacks, for only about twelve dollars.
Budget for protein. Protein is likely to be a central component of your weight loss plan. But protein sources don’t have to be expensive. Try canned tuna, eggs, beans, and ground turkey for high-protein foods that are low in cost.
Hit up the farmer’s market. Buying fresh, in-season fruits and veggies directly from the farmer can help you save money. As a bonus, these options are usually fresher and taste better, too!
For more input on your weight loss plan, and sticking to a budget, call us to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you identify the foods you should be eating to reach your goals, and address any challenges you face with regard to a healthier eating plan.