Eating right on a budget

eating fresh.fwMarch is National Nutrition Month and while the benefits of healthy eating are numerous, many people think eating healthy is expensive. With a little extra planning, there are many ways to save money on the healthy foods you eat. Here are some budget-friendly tips for eating right.

Plan ahead

Before you head to the grocery store, plan your meals and snacks for the week. When you shop with a list, you will be less likely to buy extra items that are not on it or buy an ingredient you already have on hand.

Cook more, eat out less

Many foods prepared at home are cheaper and more nutritious. You can also make a large batch by doubling a recipe to save time in the kitchen and money. Extra portions can be used for lunches, saving on expensive luncheon meats, or freeze leftovers in individual containers in place of expensive frozen dinners

Shop in season

Fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season may be a lot less expensive. Your local farmer’s market is also a great source for seasonal produce. Buy small amounts at a time to avoid having to throw away spoiled produce.

Try canned or frozen produce

Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are often less expensive than fresh and just as nutritious. For canned items, choose fruit canned in 100% fruit juice or labeled “no sugar added” and rinse canned vegetables to lower the sodium content.

Focus on nutritious, low-cost foods

Certain foods tend to be less expensive, so you can make the most of your food dollars by finding recipes that use the following ingredients: beans, peas and lentils; sweet or white potatoes; eggs; peanut butter; canned salmon and tuna;and grains such as oats, brown rice, barley or quinoa.

Take the next step:

  • Read more National Nutrition Month tips on healthy eating.
  • Find delicious recipes selected by U-M nutrition experts.

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