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5 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

It’s the time of year when everyone is focused on New Year’s resolutions, like getting out of debt, losing weight, and eating healthier.

Many people think it’s too difficult to eat healthy and stay on budget, but the good news is that you really can! My friend, nutritionist Natalie Hodson, recently appeared on one of my vlogs and offered these amazing tips to help keep your budget and tummy trim.

1. Use spices and seasoning on your food instead of condiments. They’ll last longer and are much cheaper. The spices in the international section of the grocery store are usually a fraction of the cost compared to what you’ll find in the regular spice section.

2. Stay away from bagged salads. Instead, buy individual ingredients, make your own salads, and bag them separately for the entire week.

3. Add zucchini to hamburger meat. It’s a great filler and a creative way to sneak veggies into your food.

4. Make hardboiled eggs. They are a cheap and nutritious snack or a protein-packed breakfast on the go. Simply add salt, pepper and hot sauce for flavor!

5. Prepare your food ahead of time. It’s much easier to eat unhealthy when you don’t plan and don’t have options to quickly grab from your fridge. Some easy ideas for food prep include:

  • Buy chicken when it’s on sale and store it in gallon-sized freezer bags.
  • Buy the store-brand brown rice (there’s nothing wrong with it), then cook it in chicken, beef or vegetable broth to add flavor.
  • Chop potatoes, add a little salt, pepper and olive oil for flavor, then roast them in the oven. This is a great snack throughout the week!

Natalie makes it clear—the key to eating healthy is planning ahead.

So when it comes to achieving your healthy eating resolutions in 2016, plan your budget and your meals ahead of time! Happy New Year!

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  • Great advice!
    We stopped buying junk food and eat as close to natural and organic as we can.
    We feel better, have lost weight, and stay on budget!
    Debt free except for our mortgage. We have been working on paying it down.

  • These are my go-to tips! My favorite for the bagged salads too is to buy unflavored greek yogurt (not the fat free kind!) and mix it with powdered ranch dressing seasoning. Tastes just like ranch but way better for you! Put a couple ounces in a small tupperware with your homemade bagged salad!