We’ve all had times when money is tight and we feel like the first thing we need a budget for is, you guessed it, groceries. The biggest thing you wonder when you’re trying to watch what you spend is whether you’ll be able to stick to you regular eating patterns. Living alone can also create some struggle. Cooking for just one is not as fun and when I’m always on the go it’s sometimes easier to grab something pre-made instead of making a meal at home. I try to eat mostly clean ingredients, but 20% of the time I am out to dinner with friends or enjoying a great glass of chardonnay and bowl of popcorn with my new Netflix obsession. Honestly, that’s where the money suck comes in.
SURPRISE - eating healthy does not have to break the bank! I am living proof that, on a budget, you can still eat well and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Let’s dive-in a little deeper.
For this specific blog post I ended up doing my shopping at Meijer. I know they’re trying to use local farms for things that are in season and their prices are very reasonable. One thing I HAVE TO do before leaving the house is make a grocery list. Otherwise I end up roaming the aisles aimlessly and blow any sense of budget I showed up with. Here is what my typical list looks like (feel free to pin this to use the next time you go grocery shopping & be sure to find me on Pinterest for some healthy, easy recipes!) >>>
PRO TIP: Prepare/cut your fruits and veggies upon arriving home. Believe me, this is the last thing I want to do too! It’s so helpful to chop everything and put it into respective containers so that you can quickly prep a salad or egg scramble during the week. You definitely don’t want your hard earned dollars wasted on a bag of carrots that only had the purpose of turning into sticks of rubber in your fridge! Am I right?
MEAL BREAKDOWN: If you’re anything like me, I come home to a full fridge and still have just as much inspiration to create a meal as I do when there’s only rosé and pickles! This is where it’s important to write meal ideas down once you have your grocery list! This gives you so much more motivation to cook the food you buy! Don’t worry, I got you boo!
Breakfasts: Spinach, feta and tomato omelet. Avocado toast. Overnight oats with almond milk, berries, & nut butter. Mexican scramble with beans and salsa.
Lunches: Mexi salad with chicken. Veggie sandwich with hummus. Chicken with baked sweet potato and asparagus.
Dinners: Banza pasta with ground turkey & spinach spaghetti sauce. Mexican chicken bowls over rice. Ground turkey patty with all the fixings and sweet potato fries.
Snacks: Hummus with crackers and veggies. Hard boiled eggs. Banana and nut butter.
I hope this gives you a little better understanding of how to eat simple and clean on a budget! If you ever have any questions or need a specific meal plan for your lifestyle, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org! I would be happy to help you learn more about which foods suit your body and which items you should splurge on or go organic!