By DeLano Daniels, EM fitness contributor, Pin Fit
Want to eat healthy and not break the bank? The time is NOW! You either are or aren’t, the ball is in your court! If I had a dollar for every time I heard “I just can’t afford to eat healthy, it’s too expensive,” I’d be a rich man!
Now, there is some truth in the fact that eating better can be a tad costly, but if you know what to shop or look for, eating healthy can be affordable.
First things first, THE MONEY! With the cost of inflation, fast food is no longer the least expensive option. Let’s say you order one meal from the fast food joint of your choice for five days out of the week at the price of $4.99 plus tax, that’s close to $30 dollars a week. For an extra $6 you can get 10 pounds of frozen boneless/skinless chicken breast, a 5-pound bag of brown rice, and a 3-pound frozen bag of broccoli; that’s enough food for a family of four for a week of dinners.
What if you’re just feeding yourself? Let’s continue to break down the argument of “cost.” There are way too many meal planning programs, apps, and other resources that will literally show you how to eat healthy on a budget! Don’t knock it til you try it!
Next, you’re going to say time – “I don’t have time to cook healthy meals everyday” I roll my eyes at this excuse!!! Facebook, Instagram, television, reading, surfing the web, need I say more? We spend countless hours doing those things but can’t find an hour to prep our food for the day.
Now, for the few who actually are “THAT” busy, try incorporating a day where you prep all of your meals for the week while multi-tasking. I know that meal preparation takes up valuable time, so try keeping a few quick breakfast, lunch, and dinner options handy for those days when you’re short on time.
Another excuse I hear is “healthy food is bland.” It’s shocking to see how many people exchange the natural whole foods for the processed foods. The funny thing is that all the processed foods want to mimic the taste of natural whole foods. Take sodas for example, what flavor of soda CAN’T you find? Cherry soda, grape soda, strawberry soda, pineapple soda, the list goes on, they’re all impostors of the real fruits we love.
A tossed vegetable medley with sea salt, Mrs. Dash, and a little olive oil are far from bland. Don’t continue to be fooled, processed food is truly guilty of being bland. Why do you think they add massive amounts of sugar, salt, and other ingredients we can’t even pronounce? Flavor and taste can be altered, take the time out and experiment with healthy whole foods, spices, and low/no calories sauces.
This should have you well on your way to cutting costs and getting healthier. Remember, the cheaper processed foods are not going to be broken down and used for fuel effectively like healthy whole foods!
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