I have heard so many people say that people are overweight because it is cheaper to eat unhealthy foods than it is to eat healthy foods. Many people believe that to be true, I did for a very long time but I have found that that is not correct. It is actually cheaper to eat healthy foods than it is to eat unhealthy processed foods.
What do I mean by healthy foods? When I speak of healthy foods I mean things that are natural, non-processed real food. You want to give your body fuel that is not made in a lab but that which grows from the earth. This includes plants and animals. In each of your meals you want to make sure that you have a protein, a vegetable, and a grain. You can also add in fruit as a treat.
Let’s look at breakfast. Many of us pour ourselves a big bowl of cereal each morning or throw some premade waffles in the toaster when we should really be giving our bodies the natural fuel it needs. Two eggs, a piece of whole grain toast, along with a few slices of cucumber will get you further in your day. This kind of breakfast costs about 48 cents per serving! That is less than two dollars per day to feed a family of four breakfast.
Lunch is something many people skip and end up stuffing their faces with snack cakes or chips throughout the day. So what is a healthy lunch we can eat that is low cost? We like to have cheese quesadillas. Each person gets one quesadilla that contains two tortilla shells, cheese, and salsa. We cook these in the microwave to save on electricity. These cost us 60 cents per serving! Throw in some of those left over cucumber slices from breakfast and we are at about 80 cents per serving. What besides Raman noodles can you make so cheaply?
When it comes to dinner we had to be a little more creative. I like to ensure that we have meat at every meal, and at our local grocery store we can buy five packs of meat for twenty five dollars. I have found that we can get two meals out of each of these packs. Therefore we are spending 62 cents per serving on meat. We also must have a vegetable with our dinner these generally cost me around 50 cents per meal or 12 cents per serving. Then I add a grain in order to make sure everyone is full and stays that way. This also costs around 12 cents per serving. I have now made dinner for 86 cents per serving!
Sometimes I will throw in a salad or something special but that is rare. We want to make sure we are getting the best nutrition for our dollar. For a snack I buy a large bag of apples and we have one of those when we feel hungry between meals.
By using this idea you can save a ton of money on your grocery bill and you will be able to eat healthy cheaply. The truth is that it costs a lot less money to eat cheaply than it does to eat the unhealthy processed foods that most people are putting in their bodies.