Eating healthy on a budget

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  1. tinkspark

    tinkspark <font color=magenta>Oh no Mickey must have gotten

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    I would love to be able to join WW but I just can not afford it at this time. On a good week my budget allows for me to spend up to 20 dollars on food. But this is not always the case, so I end up eating a lot of ramen noodles and PB&J. Anyone been in this situation? Anyone have any tips, recipies, ideas on how to eat healthier on a tiny budget?
     
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  3. Fall1

    Fall1 DIS Veteran

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    Some cheaper ideas I always use are: eggs, egg whites, tuna, oatmeal, salad - buy lettuce, tomato, carrots, etc. individually and make yourself, whichever fresh fruit is on sale.
     
  4. mangokitty92262

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    Beans can be a very good choice. Just don't oversalt them. I cook mine in a crockpot. I prefer pinto or black, sometimes red (kidney) is good. On a crazy day, I make "diversity" beans - throw a bunch of different kinds of beans in the pot and let them learn to live together.
     
  5. anniet

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    Whole grain breads may cost more, but will fill you up more than white breads, so you'll eat less (or at least feel full on what you do eat)

    I buy a lot of beans, a lot of tuna (on sale for $1 or less per can and stock up) and stock up on the frozen veggie sales too.

    I also have a saying, you can pay a little more now at the grocery store or pay a lot more later in the doctor's office!
     
  6. DawnM

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    Here are some frugal meal ideas:

    oatmeal (the kind you cook yourself)

    brown rice
    barley
    quinoa
    lentils

    You may have to cook a little more, but they will not only fill you up more, but they will make you feel a lot better than ramen (very unhealthy).

    I personally would budget for fruits and veggies in addition to the above grains.

    You don't have to eat meat. I went for a long time without it and felt great! Also, quinoa has loads of protein.

    Dawn
     
  7. TammyNC

    TammyNC <font color=red>WISH Biggest Loser/Red Team</font>

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    Thanks for the suggestions...I'm also needing to get back to eating healthy without killing our budget.
     
  8. Kriii

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    I second the suggestion to purchase quinoa, which has all of the essential amino acids though not much protein. Try purchasing dried chick peas and cooking them yourself. They are very filling and a healthy protein. Skip the meats and purchase veggies and fruits. You have a pretty tight food budget. Perhaps food pantries can supplement?
     
  9. LifeTheDisneyWay14

    LifeTheDisneyWay14 Earning My Ears

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    Getting big, family size bags of frozen veg (store brand) can be a cheap way to get your veggies in! Some grocery stores and markets also discount overly ripe fruit (like bananas) and you can buy a bunch and then freeze them (either to eat frozen or make smoothies with). Canned beans are also generally a cheap way to get in healthy protein and fiber!
     
  10. TiffyRose

    TiffyRose West Coast Dis love

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    Does your grocery store have a clearance section? Shop there first if they do for things you can eat on a regular basis (ie, don't buy the cake mix when you need real food...). I've bought lots of canned veggies, fruit, and beans this way. We also only buy clearance meat and fish. Either freeze it or cook it right away. If your store doesn't have a clearance section, ask the employees about dented (not punctured) cans, stuff in slightly damaged packaging, and produce, meat, and seafood on the verge of being tossed and see if they'll cut you a deal. Check your store fliers and don't be afraid to coupon. $20 a week is still very small, even for one person, especially as egg prices have gone up. Also see if there's a 99 cent only stores need you, I've heard commercials for some good, healthy food from them.
     

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